Have you ever considered how Jesus succeeded on earth to the point that His words and acts are still being celebrated, and His followers are increasing tremendously by the hour? Jesus came on a mission and He finished within a short but good record time. What could have been His success secrets? This article gives the secrets of Jesus’ success on earth the mystical teachings of jesus . This is another success secret of Jesus. The anointing of God in His life enabled Him to go about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil – Acts 10: 38. It was when Jesus returned in the power of the Holy Spirit, after His temptation by the devil, that the news of Him went out through the entire surrounding region – Luke 4: 14
This was one of the reasons why Christ asked His disciples not to leave Jerusalem until they were endued with the power of the Holy Spirit – Acts 1: 4, 8. The anointing was to enable them fulfill their assignment on earth successfully. The power of the anointing manifested in the life of Peter immediately after the baptism of the Holy Spirit; the man who could not face a young girl before the death of Jesus (John 18: 17)was now bold to speak to multitudes, at the end of which three thousand men were added to the kingdom of Christ – Acts 2: 14-42In Mark 1: 21-28 we read a fascinating account of Jesus in the synagogue at Capernaum. On the Sabbath, Jesus and his four recently called disciples (Peter, Andrew, James and John) attend the weekly worship service, as any faithful first century Jew would do.
On this particular Saturday, Jesus is the teacher, and as the Son of God, he teaches like no one else. Perhaps you can recall teachers you had in school. Some were good communicators and some were not so good, right? Imagine sitting at the feet of the God-Man and listening to him explain the Scriptures! Throughout the gospel accounts we are impressed with the teaching ability of Jesus. We can read excerpts of his lessons (the parables of Mark 4) and sermons (the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7) and see for ourselves the divine wisdom that came from his mouth.
And we can read about the response of his audience. Among the people, reaction to the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus was usually positive, at least initially. Such is the case here: “The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of their law” (Mark 1: 22). The people were literally blown away by the words of Jesus – he spoke with authority because he had ultimate authority – he was God in a human body and so was speaking the very words of God. And this was in stark contrast to the type of teaching they were used to. This is an incredible scene. Again, imagine being in a church service, listening to the greatest teacher you’ve ever heard, and a man begins screaming at Jesus! This man is possessed by a demon, a fallen angel, who has taken control of his body and no doubt made his life miserable for some time. Jesus immediately takes control of the situation and the demon, and demonstrates his omnipotence by casting out the demon and telling him to be quiet (Mark 1: 25-26).
This display of divine strength gives the people a second reason to be astonished – “The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, ‘What is this? A new teaching – and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him'” (Mark 1: 27). Jesus’ wonderful teaching ability is surpassed only by his supernatural ability to cast out a demon.
As i read this story, I, too, am amazed. I am amazed at the contrast between the people and the demon. The people were astonished at both the teaching and power of Jesus. But the people do not seem to acknowledge the deity of Jesus. They fall short of realizing who Jesus is. On the other hand, the demon knows precisely who Jesus is. As loudly as he can, he proclaims that Jesus is “the Holy One of God”.
This is a recurring theme in Mark’s gospel. The crowds follow Jesus by the thousands. They are eager to benefit from his miracles. He heals the sick and feeds the hungry and liberates the demon-possessed. Yet the masses of humanity who clamor for his attention seem content to receive these gifts without acknowledging that the Son of Man is also the Son of God.