Why Were People Amazed At Jesus’ Teaching? – Luke 4:31-44

From my reading in Luke 4:31-44 in the One Year New Testament.

Amazing Teaching

Why were people amazed at Jesus’ teaching? Here’s the answer…

“They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.” Luke 4:32

Most of the teachers of the day taught without authority, but Jesus spoke based on his Father’s authority. Jesus’ words had power because they were the words of God himself!

Authority Over Demons 

After casting out an evil spirit by ordering it, “Be quiet! Come out of the man” the people marveled at the power of Jesus’ words.

“All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” Luke 4:36

Jesus’ words had such power and authority that even evil spirit’s obeyed. The power of Jesus is amazing. And his Word still holds power today.

When a preacher wants his message to have authority he must be basing what he is saying on God’s Word. That is where the power is. Not in his delivery or illustrations or alliterated outlines.

God’s Word is what makes preaching powerful, not the personality of the preacher alone.

There is power when a fully surrendered, Spirit filled person shares God’s Word. If you have the privilege of teaching or preaching God’s Word I challenge you to let IT speak. Count on God to bring your message that authority and power and not your own skill.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

One response to “Why Were People Amazed At Jesus’ Teaching? – Luke 4:31-44”

  1. John Worcester says :

    Good post. A few typos in especially towards the end.

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