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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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The presence of divine authority

The Presence of Divine Authority

Mark 2:1-12

p. 923


Introduction

Introduction

First of the five controversies

Focus of the sermon

Jesus’ ministry demonstrates the presence of Divine authority


1 the controversy

1. The Controversy

  • Jesus’ Authority and Identity Questioned

  • Jesus pronounces forgiveness of sin

  • Criticized of blasphemy


2 jesus authority validated

2.Jesus’ Authority Validated

  • The argument

    - forgiveness of sin is inverifiable

  • Healing is verifiable

    b. Jewish thinking

    -close relation of forgiveness and healing

    (2 Chron. 7:14; Talmud reference of Ps. 103:3)


3 the title son of man

3. The title “Son of Man”

  • A title of self-designation used by Jesus

  • Used in three ways: In reference to…

  • His authoritative ministry (2:10; 2:28)

  • His suffering, death and resurrection (8:13; 9:9, 12; 10:33, 45; 14:21, 41)

  • His power and glory at His Second Coming (8:38; 13:26; 14:62)


Son of man

“Son of Man”

  • Jesus preferred this title…

    - As it points to His humanity

    - Expresses His identity without political and military connotations (Walter and Strauss).

  • Association with Daniel 7:13-14

  • Summary of Jesus’ teaching

    “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (NASB).


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Jesus is not merely a channel through which God communicated His authority to heal the paralytic…

    …Jesus is the source of this healing

  • Through Jesus’ ministry His Divine authority has permeated the earthly realm

  • We are called to discipleship and service in the Name of Jesus


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