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Jesus is the Light of the World and Calls Us to Join Him

January 31, 2021 Speaker: Lenny Konschewitz Series: Light Shines in the Darkness

Topic: Light Shines in the Darkness Passage: Mark 1:21–1:28

Jesus is the Light of the World that came into our darkness to free us from the power of sin and death. In Mark’s Gospel, we learn about Jesus casting a demon out of a person in the synagogue in Capernaum. This demonstration of God’s power was in fulfilment of Old Testament prophecies (Isaiah 9:1-2). The people were amazed because Jesus’ teaching didn’t only consist in words, but in supernatural power and authority. For many centuries, the Jews had been waiting for another deliverer and prophet “like Moses” (see Deut. 18), and here he was!

Jesus was of even greater glory and honor than Moses; while Moses was a servant in God’s house, Jesus was the son (see Hebrews 3:1-5). Thus, Jesus is the power and authority of the Father.

What does all of this have to do with us?

Jesus calls us the “light of the world” (Matt. 5:14) and wants us to do the same things he did, pushing back the darkness. The moment we put our trust in his name we are born of God and share in his sonship (John 1:12-13). This is a remarkable truth because it means that we also receive his authority and power. In the Kingdom of God authority is not earned or achieved, it is inherited. 

Have you put your trust in his name and joined the family?

God is now entrusting us with his power and authority to continue the work Jesus started. This doesn’t mean that all our prayers always get answered right away, but it means that we have permission to step out in faith and boldly pray for others to experience God’s love and healing power. Authority in God’s Kingdom is always for the sake of others. Jesus demonstrated this when he endured the cross without using his power to save himself.

Application

  • Start using your authority more intentionally when praying for others.
  • Consider signing up to the School of Prayer starting this Thursday.