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Sermon on Luke 4:31-44 - The Authority and Power of the Preaching of Jesus Part 3

Jesus Christ came to seek and to save those who are lost by ACCOMPLISHlNG their eternal salvation in His own life, death and resurrection; and by PREACHING the gospel of the kingdom of God to them, i.e., that the saving power and reign of God is operative in Christ among mankind because of His own redemptive work, Mk. 1:14-39. Mark, as well as Luke, brings this out clearly: In Mk. 1:15 the content of Jesus' preaching is comprised of the following emphases: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel." In Mk. 1:21 Jesus went into the synagogue in Capernaum on the Sabbath "and began to teach." In Mk. 1:22 we see that "they were amazed at his teaching; for he was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." In Mk. 1:27 His hearers were amazed at the power of His spoken Word - "What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him." In Mk. 1:38-39 Jesus is specific in defining a part of His mission to the world - to preach the gospel - "And He said to them, 'Let us go somewhere else to the towns nearby, in order that I may preach there also; for that is what I came out for.' And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons."