The Presence of Divine Authority. Mark 2:1-12 p. 923. Introduction. First of the five controversies Focus of the sermon Jesus’ ministry demonstrates the presence of Divine authority. 1. The Controversy. Jesus’ Authority and Identity Questioned Jesus pronounces forgiveness of sin
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First of the five controversies
Focus of the sermon
Jesus’ ministry demonstrates the presence of Divine authority
- forgiveness of sin is inverifiable
b. Jewish thinking
-close relation of forgiveness and healing
(2 Chron. 7:14; Talmud reference of Ps. 103:3)
- As it points to His humanity
- Expresses His identity without political and military connotations (Walter and Strauss).
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (NASB).
…Jesus is the source of this healing