Jesus Has All Authority
And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. (Matthew 7:28-29, NKJV)
His audience could not but notice that Jesus taught with an authority lacking in the other teachers in His day, who often only quoted other rabbis. Jesus spoke with inherent authority, and the authority of God’s revealed Word.
“The scribes spoke by authority, resting all they said on traditions of what had been said before. Jesus spake with authority, out of His own soul.” – F.F. Bruce
“Two things surprised them: the substance of his teaching and the manner of it. They had never heard such doctrine before; the precepts which he had given were quite new to their thoughts. But their main astonishment was at his manner: there was a certainty, a power, a weight about it, such as they had never seen.” – Charles Spurgeon
When we really understand Jesus in this Sermon on the Mount, we should be astonished also. If we are not astonished, then we probably haven’t really heard or understood what Jesus has said.
To have the hearers astonished was a good thing, but it was not good if that was the extent of the effect. A good preacher always wants to do far more than astonish his listeners.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. (Matthew 28:18)
Jesus has all authority.
Holy Father God, empower us to comprehend that all authority has been entrusted to Jesus. Lord, we want to know You. Thank You and praise You. In Jesus name, Amen.
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