21 And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. 22 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, 24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God. 25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. 26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
The people were astonished at His teaching…why? Because He did have authority! Jesus came to teach and to save those who would listen and learn from His teaching and His authority came from God the Father. As John’s gospel says, He was the Living Word. The Word of God is powerful like a two-edged sword and it convicts and creates and condemns and it is a blessing to those who believe it. By the Word of God creation was brought into being and without it nothing was made.
All of the angels and stars and plants and fish that we see around us came into existence by the Word of God. Only man was “formed from the clay” by God. Adam was not commanded to come forth by the Word, he was formed by God’s hand. We are the only creation of God which was made this way, yet we should not take pride in this because it was done because of God’s love for us. He wanted us to be His creation which could converse with Him and walk with Him and still have our own ideas and the freedom to do what we wished with our ideas.
Why am I writing this now? Because of the time in which we are living in. We are very close to the end of the church age although we don’t know the day or the hour that it will come. When you read the prophetic books of Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Revelation and chapter 24 of Matthew all of the indicators are present in our world right now and it will only get worse. I pray that you will seek your Savior in Jesus Christ before this time of God’s patience and mercy comes to an end.