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Summary: As we come to the rest of Mark 1, we are confronted with the amazing power & authority of God’s servant – Jesus Christ. Today, let’s look at the amazing power of God’s Servant!

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The Gospel of Mark # 3 – “The Servant’s Power”

Mark 1:16-45

Intro –

1. Have you ever known someone who abused their power or authority?

2. ILL - In Cuba, nothing was bigger than baseball, except for Fidel Castro. When he was 74, he grabbed an aluminum bat & walked to the plate in an exhibition game against Venezuela. When Castro approached the batter's box, the president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, left his 1st base position to take the mound. His 1st pitch didn't even reach the plate. The next pitch was a strike, but Castro missed. A couple more balls & an attempted bunt later, the 2 heads of state were locked into a full count. Castro watched the 3-2 pitch sail through the middle of the strike zone & listened as the umpire called him out. “No,” Castro said, “that was a ball.” And he took 1st base. No one argued. Chavez said nothing, the opposing team said nothing & the umpire said nothing. Later Castro joked, “Today just wasn't President Chavez's day.” It is hard to get a batter out when he has the power to overrule the umpire.

3. As we come to the rest of Mark 1, we are confronted with the amazing power & authority of God’s servant – Jesus Christ.

4. Mark 1:22, 27 (Read) **In these verses we find the word “authority” used of Christ twice.

5. Gr.  (exousia) = the power of authority and the right of privilege.

6. It is important to remember that while Jesus was on earth, He never ceased to be God. However, He did lay aside some of His divine privileges & He did not use His position for personal gain (Phil. 2:5-8). We do know that God gave to Jesus the authority to do many miracles (John 20:30), to forgive sins (Matt. 9:6-8) & to give eternal life (John 5:26-27). After His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples that “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matt. 28:18). We also know that one day “every knee will bow…and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:10-11).

7. One of the strongest portraits of Christ’s power in Scripture is in the book of Daniel.

8. Daniel 7:13-14 “13In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

9. Today, let’s look at the amazing power of God’s Servant!

I. The Surprise of His Power – His Preaching (Vs. 16-22)

Mark delights in sharing the emotional response people had toward Jesus. Vs. 22 states that they were “amazed” at His preaching because He spoke with such authority & power!

How was Christ’s authority demonstrated through His preaching?


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