Sermon text: Mark 1:29-39
As I stated last week, this is the time of year when the lectionary begins to wind us through the early years of Jesus’ ministry and mission, so that when we get to Lent we know what his intent has been and we’re ready to see just how passionate he is about US picking up the mantel of that mission and ministry.
So in the first 28 verses of Mark’s gospel, we see Jesus baptized by John the baptizer and filled with the Holy Spirit. We see the calling of his first disciples, Simon and Andrew, and James and John. Then they are off to Capernaum and their first Sabbath there, Jesus went to the synagogue and taught. Mark says the elders were “astounded at his teaching because he taught as one with authority and not as their scribes.” (Mark 1:21-22) There, in the synagogue, Jesus meets a man with an unclean spirit who challenged his authority. He cast the spirit out of the man, leaving the elders and scribes in utter amazement. … Read full sermon here (PDF)