One With Authority – January 29, 2006

One With Authority

Text: Mark 1:21-28

What does it mean to say that Jesus “taught as One with Authority”? In our pluralistic culture, the role of authorityhas been diminished–instead of trusting those in positions of influence, we are tempted to only trust ourselves. At the same time, we long for a culture which shares a common moral authority where “right” is always “right” and “north” is always “north.” Our best self-improvements leave us with a sense of emptiness and failure, and so we must reorient our compass to follow the “One with Authority.”