Sunday Devotional: ‘All authority in Heaven and Earth’

Mark 1:21-26, 29-34

Then they came to Capernaum,
and on the sabbath Jesus entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Jesus rebuked him and said,
“Quiet! Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.

On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.

When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.

I don’t know why, over the ages, there had accrued an image of our Lord as an effete, meek, wimpy guy with long hair and sandals, like a 1960s hippie.

But the above passage from Mark 1 and other accounts in the New Testament make clear Jesus is anything but mild and effeminate. On the contrary:

  • He spoke with authority, more learned than the scribes and rabbis.
  • He transformed water into wine.
  • He walked on water.
  • He instantaneously cured the sick, the lame, and the blind.
  • Demons recognize and obey Him.
  • He silenced demons with a one-word command: “Quiet!”
  • He drove out demons with four-words: “Come out of him!”
  • He even raised the dead.
  • And He told us: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” –Matthew 10:34.

Today, more than two thousands years after, just invoking His name repels demons.

Because He has “all authority in Heaven and Earth“.

Just ponder those six words . . . .

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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15 responses to “Sunday Devotional: ‘All authority in Heaven and Earth’

  1. All Jesus does,was magnificent! All Jesus will do,will be magnificent! Yet,He is denied and hated by sooo many! Still trying to understand this poor world…lets be happy that we have such a magnificent Savior! Amen

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    • Jesus totally destroys the religion of the world, including nominal Christianity, which is all based on the lies of Satan in Genesis 3:4-5:

      And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

      All humans without “the faith of Jesus Christ” are either their own gods coming up with their own morality or they are religionists who are “establishing their own righteousness” by the law. Even the supposed atheist or non-religious operate as their own gods. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the total opposite of all of this and thus the Jesus Christ of the Scriptures, God and Savior, is hated and despised by the world.

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  2. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    Sunday Devotional.

    kommonsentsjane

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  3. Anywhere I am and invoke the Holy Spirit I feel inner peace, so I say IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, THE SON AND, THE HOLY SPIRIT, AMÉN. may we all find tranquility in this explosive times.

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  4. Excellent post. He spoke with authority! That word speaks volumes. Demons were terrified of Him and rightly so. In church this morning the healing of the sick was talked about but the only demons mentioned were the politically correct ones of prejudice and intolerance. Good intentions maybe, but not much authority.

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  5. Amen! I think the image that Jesus was some dippy hippy is so wrong, He had the authority to squash all of the Pharasees like the roaches they were, yet he didn’t. That is the ultimate in self-control and strength.
    Like the Lord said, we are in the earth but we are not from this earth. Some Christians get really LAZY and think that just because they are “saved” because of their belief and baptism that they can act any way they want to fellow human beings and fellow Christians, but they either don’t read their bible or skipped the passage (Matt: 7:21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. That explains the difference between Christians and the demons, the demon’s do not deny that the Lord is the Son of God, but they are not saved because they are not doing the WILL of the Lord.
    I finally had the ‘fear God’ and work out your salvation with fear and trembling explained to me, since we can only change our own behavior, we must work on our own faults the most and ‘clean ourselves up’ mentally and spiritually before the Lord returns.

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    • chemtrailssuck . . . . Bravo! You brought up the very fact that I always think, Some Christians get really LAZY and think that just because they are “saved” because of their belief and baptism that they can act any way they want to fellow human beings and fellow Christians, but they either don’t read their bible or skipped the passage . . .” I think this kind of behavior boils down to “faith without works is dead.” If you aren’t walking the talk, and you are participating in whatever sin may please you, with the expectation that “you will be saved in the Kingdom of God,” you have pointed out perfectly why this is not true. They cannot be “saved because they are not doing the WILL of the Lord. This is a CHOICE that they have made, it is not by accident, or overnight, their choice to do evil and be disobedient to The Lord is a willful act.

      You are 100% correct in the fact that you and I, and all of Heavenly Father’s children need to “work on our own faults the most and ‘clean ourselves up’ mentally and spiritually before the Lord returns.”

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  6. DR Eowyn . . . . As usual, you have brought us another lesson that is pertinent to each and every one of us. God Bless you for your continuing efforts, we all appreciate you so much.

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  7. And with you Doc.

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  8. Awesome devotional Dr. Eowyn!
    Thank you for using your platform and sharing with us what the Lord wants you (and all of us believers) to do:
    glorify Him to others and self
    He is the authority to command demons, strike the devil, raise the dead, heal the sick, comfort the bereaved…
    “so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,” Philippians 2:10

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  9. Yes, I have a friend who used to be a monk. He was in a religious order, studying for the priesthood. In his deacon year he decided that it wasn’t for him, he left and married. He now teaches for a diocese.

    I was on the board of religious ed. for my diocese and he was the director of the board. We used to go around and teach adult ed.. One of his favorite lines was The Lord said “blessed are the meek, not the wimpy”.

    Christ was no withering violet. Demons were, and are, very real. Most modern priests tend to not say much about spiritual warfare, at least in the traditional sense. I think that’s a mistake. I think they believe that in order to be “relevant” they must reduce demonic possession to “illness”.

    Thankfully, the clergy is only part of the Body of Christ. We must all do what we must to educate our children on aspects of the faith that get short shrift in church.

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