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03 February 2013

Sermon: Epiphany 4C (Gospel)

Sunday 3 February AD 2013

Title: What Is This Word? (MP3 Audio)

Jesus Rebukes the Demon
Summary: He banished demons, healed illness, and gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, and lifted the lame to their feet. As He did so, people wondered who this Jesus really was and what word He carried that gave Him such authority.

They didn’t know that He Himself was that Word — the Incarnate Word of God — and His Father had given Him the authority to work these miracles in order to confirm His teaching. This Word still banishes Satan and his demons and still brings healing to a fallen and hurting Creation. This Word also brings forgiveness of sins and a right relationship with the Father who sent Him.

Text: And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority.

And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are — the Holy One of God.”

But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm.

And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals Simon's Mother-in-law
And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon’s house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.

Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ.

And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”

And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea. Luke 4:31-44

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of What Is This Word?, preached in the early service to the saints of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Marshall, Missouri.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 71:1-11; Jeremiah 1:4-10 (17-19);1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13

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