The people were amazed at His [Jesus] teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. – Mark 1:22
The people had never seen one like Jesus, who could teach with certainty of what He was saying. The teachers of the Law could only recite what they had read and regurgitate what they had been taught, they had no real authority. But Christ, the very Word of God, has all the authority granted to Him to deliver the Word with confidence and power that the people were amazed.
So, the question for myself today is, am I still amazed? Do I open my Bible with reverence for the power and authority that it holds? Do I hold tight the teachings of Christ as if hearing them for the first time? Sometimes, the answer is no. I can get complacent with God’s word, the same as we all can.
I think that’s why I like to watch movies, like The Passion of the Christ, because it brings back to life, through imagery, Christ’s walk on this Earth. It brings to like the Scripture, however, there is nothing like the written word of God to have the authority I need to change my life. The only it can have that impact is if I actually get into the Word and be amazed by its power and authority.
Heb 4:12 tells us, “The Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” But to have this power, I must stand amazed and allow that power into my life. It is a choice as are all things with God. I must stand and give my life to Him so that He may have the power and authority over me.
So, today, I want to look at the Scripture and be amazed. Be amazed at the things Christ has done for me. Be amazed at the cross and His resurrection. Be amazed at the life lived to perfection, but most of all I want to stand amazed at His power and authority, as it seeps into my life. Be amazed at how His words can transform me and make me new.