Summary: This sermon explores the fact that God has authority of everything, and especially our sins.
Do you really believe that God has authority over everything?
Have you ever wondered why you don’t get your own way all the time?
When I asked this question when time, someone once replied, because thankfully God is smarter than me or you!!
The reality is no matter what happens or is happening around us God does have authority over everything.
Today’s Gospel reading emphasises this.
Listen to verses 21 to 22
21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
Today’s reading reminds us that God’s word has authority and power over all words.
Jesus had walked into the synagogue.
A place of worship and teaching.
In the synagogues they talked about a lot of stuff.
Particularly about how God’s word could interpreted so they could meet God’s expectations.
Often their discussion were mostly about how God would change so they didn’t have to change much.
In other words about how God should fit around their lives and demands.
They talked about what God expected of them, without revealing a lot about what God was up to.
And into this situation walks Jesus.
Bringing not just a message of God’s law but also how God is helping you deal with His law.
The message of forgiveness.
That fact forgiveness works.
Who here is a tennis fanatic?
This time of the year is dreadful for sleep.
The Australian Open interferes in our life.
But the other night something interesting happened
Jelena Dokic publicly asked for forgiveness, said sorry for being a pain to the Australian public for her actions some years ago.
And thanked Tennis Australia for giving her another chance, even though she had publicly criticised them also some years ago.
Now the support she received probably indicates that many people have forgiven her.
And Tennis Australia’s actions show that forgiveness does and can work.
That it changes a person.
And the message Jesus brought into this situation
And brings to you today is that forgiveness not only works.
But it is the number one priority of God.
And the number one way people change.
And therefore it is the number one priority for each of us.
To receive his forgiveness and to share his forgiveness.
In the next few moments ask yourself the following:
What do you need God’s forgiveness for?
What sins of your past still hinder you, still get in the road of you having a great relationship with God
with every member of this congregation?
and with others?
And secondly who do you need to forgive?
Who are you holding bitterness and grudges against?
This week pray about and act on both these situations.
Ask Jesus to help you accept his forgiveness and to share his forgiveness.
But the message Jesus brings disrupts the group.
It disrupts the congregation, there is an evil spirit present.
Listen to verses 23 to 25
23 Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an evil a spirit cried out, 24 “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!