Mark 1:21-22 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit 21 They went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. 22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.
Monday - February 1
I like the Chicago Cubs. However, I am not an authority on the team. “Beat” writers follow the team, interview the players, watch all the games, and keep up with the statistics. They are an authority. I read their articles and listen to their analysis. In a conversation I might say, “I heard ‘so and so’ say that Kris Bryant hurt his wrist and that is why he is in a slump right now.” I base my knowledge on someone else’s authority. When Jesus showed up and started his public ministry of preaching and teaching the people listening immediately knew that something was different. He did not base his teaching on someone else’s authority. He was THE authority. What he had to say was totally different than everyone else they had ever heard. Let us, too, listen to the authoritative voice of Jesus and trust what he has said.