Preparation Begins in Private
I. Jesus’ Pre-Sermon Prep.
II. Jesus begins to reveal his mission to the disciples
III. Jesus goes to work
Jesus, like Paul, frequently taught in the synagogue (1:21, 39; 3:1). There Jesus surprised the crowds by teaching “as one having authority,” not like the scribes who taught on the basis of legal precedents. Ironically, only the “unclean spirit” knew Jesus’ true identity, and His authority exposed it for what it was. This exorcism evidenced the power of Jesus’ words, which broke the power of evil and changed lives.
Jesus’ response to His newfound popularity was solitary prayer. Already Simon Peter emerged as the leader of the disciples (“Simon and his companions,” NRSV). For the first time Jesus had to clarify His mission for His disciples. “The message” Jesus proclaimed to “the neighboring towns” was the good news sketched in 1:15. By His dual ministry of preaching and exorcism, Jesus established the pattern for the disciples’ subsequent mission