As I’ve been reading Mark this week, one word has come to mind: Authority. Namely, Jesus’ authority.
You see it first in his message.
The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! (Mark 1:15)
You see it when he calls people to follow him, and they immediately drop everything to do so. (Mark 1:16-20, 2:14)
You see his authority and power over sickness and demons. (1:21-25, 32-34, 40-42, 3:10-12).
You see his authority to forgive sins against God. (2:10)
You see his authority to loosen the Sabbath regulations. (2:23-3:6)
But one thing you also see is people defying or questioning Jesus’ authority. (1:43-45; 2:24; 3:6; 3:22)..
I guess my question for myself and for you is this: What do we do with Jesus’ authority?
Are we like his disciples, accepting his authority in our lives, and following him?
Or do we question or even defy his authority?
In short, do our hearts belong to him?
Would Jesus say to us,
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? (Luke 6:46)