‘From where hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?’ Mark 6:2
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily”
In our last lesson, we saw that the religious rulers of the Jews sought to destroy Jesus because He said that God was His Father, thus claiming to be
equal with God.
A great crowd followed the Lord Jesus wherever He went. Among the crowd were some who believed the words of Jesus and others who did not believe Him. Jesus chose twelve apostles from among those who believed Him, so that
He might be with them,
teach them and send them out to proclaim the Good News of salvation. The twelve apostles whom Jesus chose were named Simon who was also called Peter, and Andrew, his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and his younger brother John – those four were fishermen. The other apostles were Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew the tax collector, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who would betray Him. (see Matthew 10:2-4) Those were the twelve disciples who accompanied Jesus.
Mary Magdalene, from whom Jesus had driven out seven demons; Joanna, the wife of Chuza and the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna and other women. These women helped to support Jesus out of their own means. (see Luke 8:2,3)
As we have already seen, the people were amazed at the teaching of the Lord Jesus, because
He taught them with an authority
which their religious teachers did not have. The authority of Jesus was not limited to mere words, but was proven by His mighty works. For the Scripture says:
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” (1 Cor. 4:20)
In this lesson we will see how the Lord Jesus possessed power and authority over every creature and every power on earth.
The Scripture says: (Mark 4:35-41) “And the same day, when the evening was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the boat. And there were also with him other little boats. And
there arose a great storm of wind,
and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was now full. And he was in the stern of the boat, asleep on a pillow; and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea,
And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that
even the wind and the sea obey him?”
(Mark 5) “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gerasenes. And when he was come out of the boat, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and
no man could bind him,
no, not with chains; for he had been often bound with ropes and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and were broken in pieces; neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off,
he ran and worshipped him,
and cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou son of the Most High God? I appeal to thee, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him,
And he asked him What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion; for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there near unto the mountains a great herd of pigs, feeding. And all the demons besought him saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And immediately gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the pigs; and the herd ran violently down a steep place (there were about two thousand), and were choked in the sea. And
they that fed the pigs fled,
and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the demon, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and
in his right mind;
and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the demon, and also concerning the pigs. And they began to implore him to depart out of their borders. And when he was come into the boat, he that had been possessed with the demon implored him that he might be with him. Howbeit, Jesus permitted him not, but saith unto him,
and tell them what great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis what great things Jesus had done for him; and
all men did marvel.
And when Jesus was passed over again by boat unto the other side, many people gathered unto him; and he was near unto the sea. And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him,
he fell at his feet,
and besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death. I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. And Jesus went with him; and
many people followed him,
and crowded him. And a certain woman, who had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse, when she heard of Jesus, came in the crowd behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes,
I shall be well.
And straightaway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of the plague. And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that power had gone from him, turned about in the crowd, and said,
who touched my clothes?
And his disciples said unto him, Thou seest the multitude crowding thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? And he looked round about to see her that had done this thing. But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth. And he said unto her, Daughter,
thy faith hath made thee well.
Go in peace, and be well of thy plague. While he yet spoke, there came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house certain who said, Thy daughter is dead. Why troublest thou the Master any further? As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he saith unto the ruler of the synagogue,
And he permitted no man to follow him, except Peter, and James, and John, the brother of James. And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and those who wept and wailed greatly. And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this noise, and weep? The child is not dead, but sleepeth. And
they laughed him to scorn.
But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with him, and entereth in where the child was lying. And he took the child by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Little girl, I say unto thee, arise. And straightaway the child arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And
they were astonished with a great astonishment.
And he charged them strictly that no man should know it, and commanded that something should be given her to eat”.
(Matthew 9:27-34) “And when Jesus departed from there, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him; and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying,
And their eyes were opened; and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, See that no man know it. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country. As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a demon. And when the demon was cast out,
the dumb spoke;
and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel. But the Pharisees said, he casteth out demons through the prince of the demons”.
(Mark 6:1-8) “And he went out from there, and came into his own country; and his disciples followed him. And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue; and
many, hearing him, were astonished,
saying, From where hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and of Joseph, and of Simon? And are not his sisters here with us? And
they were offended at him.
But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. And he could there do no mighty work, except that he lay hands upon a few sick folks, and healed them. And he marvelled
because of their unbelief.
And he went round about the villages, teaching. And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two, and gave them authority over unclean spirits. And commanded them … (Matt. 10:16,17, 28,34-37,39) “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves; be ye, therefore, wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But
beware of men;
for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues … and fear not them who kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him who is able to destroy
both soul and body
in hell … think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And
He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me, is not worthy of me … he that findeth his life shall lose it;
and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it”.
So, we have seen that the Lord Jesus was filled with the power of God both in His words and in His works.
The multitudes that followed Him were amazed,
“From where hath this man these things? And what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?” (Mark 6:2)
From where did Jesus get His power and wisdom? He didn’t “get it” from anywhere, because
He Himself is the Power and Wisdom of God.
The Lord Jesus did all the mighty works of God upon the earth, to show people where He came from and who He was. He had authority over every created being and every kind of power because He was
the Word of God.
That is why Jesus could calm the furious storm and heal the wild demon-possessed man by simply speaking a word. All of God’s unlimited power resided in the Lord Jesus. That is the reason He could heal the woman who had suffered with bleeding for twelve years. This woman had wasted all her money on many doctors and their medicines, but
the moment she touched Jesus’ cloak she was healed.
Similarly, when Jesus touched the eyes of the two blind men immediately their sight was restored. And Jesus’ authority was not limited to those who were alive.
That is why He could bring back to life the child who had died. Jesus’ power surpassed that of a mere prophet, because He Himself was the Word of God in a human body.
Yes, God’s Word tells us that all power and all authority have been given to Jesus the Messiah. That is why if you trust in Jesus as your Savior and your Lord,
you will no longer need to fear anything:
not death, not life, not evil spirits, not witches, not the present, nor the future! You will no longer need to wear charms or sacrifice to a spirit whom you hope will protect you because the Lord Jesus will protect you. That is what the Scripture says: “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power” (Col. 2:9,10)
Dear friends, are you trusting in the One who is “the head of all principality and power”? Or
are you still trying to satisfy the ancestors of this world?
In the next lesson, Lord willing, we will continue in the Gospel and hear how Jesus taught the multitudes with parables. . . .
May God bless you and teach you the deep meaning of what He has said concerning the Messiah:
“For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9,10)
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