In the last two week’s we’ve heard several extraordinarily compelling speeches.
Imams, Bishops, Presidents of Student Groups, Local leaders and our own Prime Minister have all called for the community to respond with love, unity and tolerance.
All of these speeches have been compelling, yet at the same time can leave you asking the question, How? How will genuine change happen? How will heart change happen?
As you ask the question ‘How’ it becomes difficult not to feel cynical, hopeless or discouraged about their ability to make genuine change.
On Sunday we asked ourselves if we were feeling a similar, hopelessness, discouragement or cynicism towards Jesus? We were also reminded – as we looked at Jesus’ authoritative ministry – that Jesus is both compelling and able. Jesus is able to make genuine change because He can speak and heal with authority.
Jesus is more than compelling he is able.
And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out,24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.