Empowered with the Power and Authority of Jesus! Mark 6:6-13

Mark 6:6-13 “Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff — no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.10 Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11 And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.” 12 They went out and preached that people should repent. 13 They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
Marco 6:6-13 «E andava in giro per i villaggi, insegnando.7 Poi chiamò a sé i dodici e cominciò a mandarli a due a due; e diede loro potere sugli spiriti immondi. Comandò loro di non prendere niente per il viaggio; né pane, né sacca, né denaro nella cintura, ma soltanto un bastone; di calzare i sandali e di non indossare due tuniche.10 Diceva loro: «Dovunque sarete entrati in una casa, trattenetevi lì finché non ve ne andiate da quel luogo; 11 e se in qualche luogo non vi ricevono né vi ascoltano, andando via scuotetevi la polvere dai piedi come testimonianza contro di loro».12 E, partiti, predicavano alla gente di ravvedersi; 13 scacciavano molti demòni, ungevano d’olio molti infermi e li guarivano.”
     Here is the time where Jesus begins to give His disciples a glimpse of what their future life would be like. Up to this point, they had only witnessed the direct hand of Jesus over unclean (demonic) spirits. Even though Jesus was rejected in Nazareth, He still taught in the surrounding villages. What an opportune time and place, when the resistance to Jesus was so strong, to send out His disciples as authoritative representatives of Jesus on a missionary expedition. To make it even more amazing to the disciples, Jesus sends them out with basically no supplies: no bread, bag or money and only a staff and walking shoes. Why? Because they were to trust God for their food and shelter. 
     There was an indication that not everyone would welcome their message. The people, not just the religious establishment, still had a mixed opinion of Jesus. The results were that they preached repentance and God authenticated their message by miraculous healings and authority over unclean spirits. On their own and empowered with authority from Jesus, they learned the lesson that the ministry and authority of Jesus extended beyond His physical presence. This lesson would become more and more real as the disciples found their place as apostles in the early church.
Pray with me: Lord, I know Your authority is given to me as a believer. Help me to obey Your mission for my life and live in the authority and power of Your presence.

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