02-03-2019 Sermon - Christ Speaks With Authority And Power

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Jesus encounters a demon possessed man in the weekly place of worship. And at his spoken rebuke the demon fled the man possessed and the assembly of gathered worshipers, but not before exclaiming who Jesus was, "the Holy One of God". The people marveled commenting that Jesus spoke with authority and power. They knew demons had power, more power than they had. But demons did not have legitimate authority. Many kings and magistrates had authority, but some of them were weak and pathetic people. But Jesus had both authority and power! And what he speaks accomplishes what he purposes. And how does he speak in our midst? Things like this: To repentant sinners "I forgive you your sins." And to baptized believers gathering at the altar, "This is my body given for you," and "This is my blood shed for you." And we can believe such words because he has authority and power...