Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Jesus, say the word!
by Erik Momsen
We saw previously that the ministry and life of Jesus was focused more on actions than on words. We know that words are cheap. Words are often all we get from people around us, from governments and world leaders. This is perhaps not because they intend to live in the realm of ideas, but because in many situations people are powerless to make any difference.
The words of Jesus by contrast are few, yet wonderful things happen. This is because, as we discover in the unfolding gospel story, Jesus is no ordinary man. Where men's words are hollow, the words of Jesus are the words of the Heavenly Father. (John 14:10,24) More than that, Jesus is described as the Word that was with and is God. (John 1:1) God says "so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
We will look at some of the words of Jesus and their powerful effect. Furthermore words of desperation and faith spoken by men and woman do have a profound effect on God and the situation. Proverbs 18:21 tells us: "The tongue has the power of life and death."
In the exorcisms in Mark's gospel, the words of Jesus are brief and effective.
1. A "good member" of the synagogue was possessed (Mark 1:21-28)
"Be quiet!" said Jesus sternly. "Come out of Him!" (Mark 1:25 cf Luke 4:35).
2. The Tomb-raider of Gerasa (Mark 5:1-17)
"Come out of him you evil spirit! ... What is your name?"
The demons begged Jesus, "Send us among the pigs ...
He gave them permission and the evil spirits came out ..."
3. The dumb foaming spirit (Mark 9:14-27)
"You deaf and mute spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again."
THE PEOPLE SAY
- debates "Even the dogs get the crumbs ..."
- Note Jesus' response to her in Matthew 15:28
"For such a reply you may go; the demon has left you daughter." (Mark 7:24-30)
"Woman you have great faith, Your request is granted." (Matthew 15:28)
Father of the possessed boy in Mark 9
"If you can do anything take pity on us" - he is unsure of Jesus and His power.
"I do believe; help my unbelief!" - faith, often clutching onto a hope extended.
Man with Leprosy
Leper - "Lord if you are willing you can make me clean" - unsure of Jesus's motives.
Jesus says, "I am willing, Be clean!" (Matthew 8:2,3)
Centurion of Capernaum
"But just say the word and my servant will be healed" - somehow he knew.
Jesus - "I have not found anyone in Israel with such faith" (Matthew 8:8,10)
"Go, it will be done just as you believed it would."
"Jesus, son of David have mercy on me" (Mark 10:47) - Blind faith?
"Many rebuked him and told him to keep quiet" - His last chance?
"Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped up" - Risking his income and trade.
"Rabbi, I want to see"
- "Go, you faith has healed you."
"My little girl is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that
she will be healed and live." - a cry from humanity - compassion stirred.
"Little girl, I say to you get up!" (Mark 5:21)
Woman with bleeding
"If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed" - a wish that propelled her.
"Daughter you faith has healed you.
Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." (Mark 5:28,34)
THE WORDS OF JESUS HAD POWER.
FAITH AND THE RELEASE OF THAT POWER WERE LINKED.
PEOPLE WERE DESPERATE OR COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO SPEAK.
THE WORD ON OUR LIPS MUST BE - GOD WORDS & FAITH WORDS.
Date Added: 2008-08-19
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