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Summary: To the Jewish people, the Greatest men of the Old Testament were Moses, David, and Elijah, and they expected the Messiah to be like all three of these men in some ways. Jesus proved Himself greater than them all.

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The Authority Thing: Choice or Coercion?

(Mark 1:21-34)

Intro

1. Every quarter in our bulletins we have an insert from Voice of the Martyrs.

2. Today’s insert is about Li Dexian. Let me read part of it: Pastor Li Dexian has been beaten so hard by Chinese government officials that he coughed up blood; on one occaions, his face was beaten with his own Bible. He has been sent to "re-education" camp time and again. He keeps his bags packed, ready for prison. Yet his faith remains strong (info from VOM, Summer 2001)

3. What makes a man take such an unwavering stand for Jesus Christ? What makes a man that submissive to heaven’s demands?

4. One thing we can say about Li, He believes that Jesus Christ is the Lord of his life.

5. Jesus is actively wooing people to make that decision, even as He did in New Testament times to His own people, the Jews.

Main Idea: To the Jewish people, the Greatest men of the Old Testament were Moses, David, and Elijah, and they expected the Messiah to be like all three of these men in some ways. Jesus proved Himself greater than them all.

TS---->Let me READ our TEXT

I. Our Text Shows How The Evidence Proves that Jesus is the Messiah (Mark 1:21-34)

1. Christ’s Teaching Style in Contrast to the Pharisees: Christ Was Like Moses, the Lawgiver

(1) The Scribes and Pharisees taught by quoting famous Rabbi after famous Rabbi...rehashed and made the Scriptures seem remote to the people

(2) Jesus taught with AUTHORITY

---Went right to the Scriptures, bypassed the traditions of the Rabbis...Mark 7:8-9

----Added His own words TO the Scriptures....either arrogant or authoritative...

----It is written, but I say...HE SPOKE THE VERY WORD OF GOD BECAUSE HE IS GOD

~~In ancient Judaism, the Messiah was thought to have authority to alter the LAW~~

----He spoke practically, clearly, used parables...

(3) True teachers of the Word today SHOULD NOT teach based on their own authority---ministers are not Messiahs, not the Son of God, though some have egos that make you wonder...., but they CAN go right to the Word, not adding traditions to traditions

---the can teach practically---

2. Christ’s Authority Over Satan in Contrast to the Pharisees: Like David

(1) Summarize paper on demons

(2) The Pharisees and Scribes had long exorcism rituals that sometimes proved effective, sometimes not

(3) In the OT, King Saul was afflicted by a demon, and David played on his harp/sang Psalms to drive it away

------Jewish tradition: King Solomon was an expert exorcist----

(4) Jesus speaks the word, and the demon is cast out

(5) Note the reaction of the people in vs. 27

3. Christ’s Authority Over Illness in Contrast to the Pharisees: Like Elijah

IN OT, Elijah worked miracles at times similar to those of Christ...healing/resurrecting

(1) before the time of Christ, the Jews boasted of Choni the Circle Drawer.....

-----would not get out of circle till God sent rain

-----would pray for people and then predict whether God would answer (the prayer of faith)

(2) Peter’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever (many died from infection before penicillin)


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