“[Jesus] went down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and was teaching them on the sabbath. They were astounded at his teaching, because he spoke with authority.” Luke 4:31-32 NRSV
The listeners in Capernaum were right about Jesus – his words did have authority. Furthermore, as followers of the Risen Christ, we should not be surprised that his words have power. As Paul Harvey would say in the old radio show, – we know “the rest of the story”. We have both Jesus’ words and his deeds richly recorded in the scriptures.
St. John begins his Gospel proclaiming that Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1-3). And the witness of scripture goes on to tell us this Word of God proclaims his promises to humankind. We confess that we are people who have received those promises; and when we sum it up, here is the best part: Jesus’ lasting promise is that “I am with you always.” God with us. Emmanuel.
Jesus’ words have power yet today! And people are still astounded for we are empowered to let them be spoken through us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you that by the power of your Holy Spirit we are able to hear Jesus’ words spoken in Scripture – words that have the power to heal, forgive, bring peace and empower us to share your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Deaconess Cindy Stocker, Lemont, IL