â€œAnd they were astonished . . . â€ (Mark 1:22 NKJV.)
â€‹They were astonished . . . thatâ€™s the word Mark uses. And itâ€™s not a light word. In the Greekâ€”ekplá¸—ssÅ. Letâ€™s look at the meaning: â€œthrown off the original course; to cause to be filled with amazement to the point of being overwhelmed, astounded.â€
They were thrown off their original course by his teaching. Amazed, astounded, overwhelmed . . . by His teaching.
Letâ€™s stop for a minute.
Donâ€™t you long for that astonishment?
When was the last time you attended a worship service and were thrown off your original course?
How long has it been since youâ€™ve been amazed by Jesus? Astounded? Overwhelmed? Jaw on the ground saying, â€œWhat in the world did I just see?â€ Are we reaping all the benefits available to us from our Savior?
â€‹Thatâ€™s how they were this day. Today, Jesus was in the house!
This Sabbath the people will receive something they werenâ€™t expecting.
The source of Authority has shown up.
Today they will hear from the Master.
When Jesus began to teach, it wasnâ€™t the opinion of man. No, it was the very word of God spoken through a man sourced by His Father being proclaimed to the people! Other teachers would stress what Dr. so-and-so would say; Jesus would cite no sources. He was the Source! He knew what He was talking about! It flowed through.
They were thrown off their original course. . . .
â€‹The source of authority was in the house!
â€‹You do understand that whenever we gather together in His name, He is there. When we gather today, pay attention. Listen. Expect. You might just be astonished.