Someone With Authority (Matthew 7:28-29)Duane Weaver, January 3, 2015
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Duane preached the last message on the series from the Sermon on the Mount. His text was from Matthew 7:28-29.
The text is not Jesus’ words but Matthew’s observation of the people at the end of the Sermon on the Mount. This is not the only place in the Bible where it talks about people being astonished at Jesus’ teaching.
Jesus spoke with authority and He taught differently than other people taught in that day, especially rabbis. When Jesus spoke, He used His own words and not words from someone else. When the rabbis spoke, they usually referred to a rabbi before their time who had spoken great things.
What is authority? Some definitions would be someone who has power over someone else and the right to make people or things obey you. Jesus was here on the earth and He was under His Father’s authority. Jesus was not here to merely do humanitarian aid. When He healed the man whose friends had let him down through the roof, the first thing He said to him was that his sins were forgiven. He had authority to forgive sins and not just heal people.
Authority applies to many areas of our lives: parenting, our work, etc. The authority that we have—where does it come from? Do we come under authority willingly when we are placed under it? We all have some authority and we are all under authority. But we may not abuse the authority we do have.
Jesus is the authority of everything.
Jesus is Lord; Jesus is the Authority.
28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, 29 for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (ESV)