The Sovereign Love of God
T he M anifestation of C hrist
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany January 31 - February 6, 2021 Epiphany affirms Jesus’ presence in the world as hope for all peoples. In him alone, God provides the light of his salvation, making known God’s grace to all peoples, even to the farthest corners of the earth. Jesus’s word of teaching and command was final, authoritative, and dramatically impactful. Its power was demonstrated early in his ministry when with the disciples he went into Capernaum on the Sabbath and entered the synagogue. As he was teaching, the people were astonished because he taught as one whose word carried authority on its own, unlike the scribes. He rebuked an unclean spirit, and it obeyed him. The power and authority of Jesus’s teaching was not merely in exegeting the Scriptures, but in commanding the powers ravaging humankind to yield to his authority. Jesus is King, and Lord of all. THIS WEEK’S THEME The Healing Power of Jesus, Mark 1.21-28
Daily Devotional Guide
Preparing Our Hearts
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation Eternal God, thank you for the way you demonstrated the power of your Kingdom in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth. His teaching was not merely explanatory and helpful; it commanded authority, causing the unclean spirits to be terrified, disease to be healed, the effects of the curse to be overthrown, and even death itself to yield. Truly, Jesus of Nazareth is the King of the Kingdom to come. Manifest this power in our lives, for your glory’s sake, amen.
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