What Jesus Did! 'With Authority!' — Luke 4:31-32

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught the people. They were amazed at Jesus' teaching, because he spoke with authority (power).
— Luke 4:31-32 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:31-32 NLT — Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee. On the Sabbath day Jesus taught the people. They were amazed at Jesus' teaching, because he spoke with authority (power).

Key Thought

Some folks have positional authority—they've been appointed to a position. Some use that position wisely, while some misuse it to boss others around. Some folks have personal authority because of who they are and how they conduct themselves. Some folks speak with an authenticity and clarity that give them authority. Jesus had all three—he was sent by God, lived with integrity, and taught God's truth. That's why he stood out. That's also why he was viewed as dangerous by his opponents. The point for us, however, is that we need to listen to what Jesus says! Jesus comes and gives us God's truth for our lives. Will we listen and follow him?

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous God, thank you for speaking to me so clearly through Jesus. His life and his words are so powerful. Open my mind and heart as I seek to understand and apply his words and his example to my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 6:40
  • Matthew 28:18-20
  • Hebrews 1:1-3

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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