An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
(Mark 1:14-15)

The Lord’s earthly ministry began with the proclamation that, in Him, the Kingdom of God had finally arrived. As evidence of the fact that He was the promised Divine and Davidic King, the Lord gave spectacular displays of unparalleled authority. To begin with, the Scriptures state that Jesus taught with authority hitherto unseen. Whereas most Rabbis would refer to other scholars and theologians to support and reinforce the points they were making, Jesus spoke on His own authority; His word carried its own credentials. Matthew declares that “the people were astonished at his doctrine: For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Matthew 7:28-29). John tells us that the officers sent to capture Jesus returned to their masters empty handed. “Why have ye not brought him?” they demanded. The officers replied, “Never man spake like this man!” (John 7:45-46). The Lord not only taught with authority, He issued commands with authority also. With a word He was able to command evil spirits to leave their victims, and they were irresistibly compelled to do so. Those that witnessed these things “were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him” (Mark 1:27). Furthermore, the Lord was even able to command non personal kinds of things such as sickness and disease. On one occasion, He rebuked a fever that was plaguing Peter’s mother in law. It immediately left her and she arose and ministered to the Lord and His disciples (Luke 4:38-39). Later in Luke’s Gospel we learn that the Lord and His disciples were in a boat on the Sea of Galilee when a violent storm suddenly arose. His disciples were terrified, suspecting their boat was about to be sunk. Luke writes that the Lord “arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm” (Luke 8:24). In all these examples—and many more documented in the Record of God’s dear Son—we see the King of kings exercising His unmatched Kingly authority. Without a doubt, the promised King was here, doing exactly what was predicted of Him. This was the flavor of Christ’s response to John, who had asked, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matthew 11:3). Jesus replied, “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them” (Matthew 11:5). In other words, “I am most certainly He!” While we wait for the Kingdom to come in its fullness, may the King even now take more territory to His realm, starting in our own hearts and minds and extending outward from there. Maranatha!

God bless,

pastor john