The Authority Of Jesus

J.R. Heimbigner

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When was the last time you heard a sermon or speaker who spoke as if they were the complete authority on the topic they were talking about?

In my experience, this is hard to come by. In our world today, we have a lot of influencers, politicians, experts, and teachers who talk as if they are the absolute authority on a topic.

Gone are the days where someone became an authority. Now, you simply have to write a book, create a course, or have a blog, and we start to see people acting like they are the complete authority on a topic.

If I’m honest, I have done this too.

But what happens when you come across someone who really is an authority on a topic? They have spent their entire life engaging in the research, study, and ongoing drive to understand one particular topic. 

Most often, we find ourselves in awe of these people. We find ourselves drawn to what they are talking about. There is something special about how they communicate their topic of expertise. 

Today, I want to share something I have been thinking about from the Gospel of Matthew.

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When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, for he taught with real authority — quite unlike their teachers of religious law. — Matthew 7:28–29, NLT

These are the final verse from Matthew 7, which concludes the Sermon on the Mount, a specific event where Jesus teaches crowds of people about the Kingdom of God.

When I first read this scripture, I simply swept right over the top of it. To me, it was a statement that didn’t seem to matter that much. Not until years later, when I started to understand the context of the first century.

You see, Jesus entered into a time of the law, duty, and obligation.

He lived and taught among teachers who were so caught up in following the rules and making sure other people did that they lost sight of the Kingdom of God. The fact is the final statement of the verse above points this out.

However, it’s not about the teachers of the religious law that we learn more about the authority of Jesus. It comes from understanding that the presence, passion, and specifics for which Jesus spoke points to the authority of Jesus. Most of all, we see that Jesus teaches with authority by the way he teaches the Sermon on the Mount.

Jesus Speaks To Us

Looking back at the Sermon on the Mount, he opens up his teaching focusing on us. He shares teachings that connect our hearts to the Kingdom of God. He speaks from a place of knowing where we are and what we need to know about our relationship and standing in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus Speaks To Our Relationships

Then, he moves on to speak about our relationships with others. First, within the context of our most intimate relationship marriage, then how we relate to those outside of marriage. He again connects directly to understanding how we function in relationships in the here and now.

Jesus Speaks Warning To Us

Now that he has specifically focused on us and how we relate to others he warns us of problems we might encounter in life. These warnings are full of more ways that he connects with our hearts. He speaks about things we experience on a regular basis.

His Authority Is Supported

His authority is supported in the way he understands who we are, how we relate to others, and the trouble we find in our lives on a regular basis. These three parts to the Sermon on the Mount connected Jesus to people and helped them see their connection to the Kingdom of God.

The teachers of the Law at the time could not relate to those they taught because they thought themselves better or higher than those they were teaching. This was clear to the people at the time, and the disciples understood this too.

What Does This Mean For Us Today?

The things we learn in the Sermon on the Mount still connect with us today. And when we think about the one who teaches these lessons to us, we can know he has the authority, from heaven, to connect with who we are as people on earth.

What this means for us, is that we can trust Jesus knows where we are coming from when we go to him with our worries, concerns, victories, and losses. We can know, that he understands and wants to help us.

His authority is something that we can connect to through reading the Bible, prayer, and meditation, as well as listening to the Holy Spirit. Most of all, we can trust his authority because it came from God.

Today, I would encourage you to ask God to help you understand the fullness of the authority of Jesus. Listen for what he tells you. And live out what you might have heard from Jesus in the past as he has the authority to give you direction.

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