Summary: We are all familiar with Jesus suffering on the cross, but Jesus suffered as a man while growing up, and that is why he preached so powerfully. All who heard understood and were amazed; he taught with authority that we can use.
This sermon was delivered to St Oswald’s in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland on the 1st February 2015; St Oswalds is a Scottish Episcopal Church in the Dioceses of Glasgow and Dumfries.
Today we continue in our Gospel readings, from Marks Gospel, and the theme for today starts with the Great Authority of Jesus, ... but as we get into it, you will notice that this authority did not come without suffering; ... and suffering is something we can all relate to; ... and Jesus too, he suffered while living in the earth, ... and that is why we can take our pain straight to the Lord, and ask him for help as he knows what we are talking about.
“Please be seated, and join me in a short prayer.” Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of our hearts, be acceptable in your sight, O Lord. Amen. (Psalms. 19:14)
There is a powerful quotation in a book called "The Invincible Christ" by a man named Massey Mott Heltzel with reads, ...
"Someone anonymous, once poignantly said something very profound about Jesus and it is this: "I am far within the mark when I say that all armies that ever marched, ... and all the navies that were ever built, ... and all the parliaments that ever sat, ... and all the kings that ever reigned, ... all put together, ... have not affected the life of mankind on this earth, as powerfully, … as that One Solitary Life".
That is some quote! We can think of many dictators or prophets in the past who had created un-imaginary powers; but this power was severely limited, and only to the countries under their authority, ... that is, while they remained in power, and were still alive.
Jesus on the other hand, ... nothing can compare. His power endures through every nation on earth; ... even within countries who openly oppose him, have little bases hidden where he is worshipped. And Jesus is also not limited by time or space either, ... as according to Luke 1:33 "he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and … of his kingdom there shall be no end", Amen.
Jesus Christ is Lord of all! Romans 6:23 tells us that "the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord". The authority of men is severely limited, but the authority of Jesus our God will never ends; … he even has the power to save us from our sin, … sin which leads ultimately to death.
The Wee Hitler
Now the world, regardless of what country we belong, governs us by laws and regulations; ... and when these laws fail, they create other laws; and within these laws, people invent unwritten laws, … laws that we can only find out what they are, by breaking them. But such unwritten laws are not there to help others, … no they are there to promote power in individuals. And we all know, that there has been many a wee Hitler walking about Maybole in the past telling people exactly what laws they have broken laws, ... laws that some how give the wee Hitler's types power. Yes.