They were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
They were all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”
A new teacher had come on the scene. He was one who commanded the crowds with a message that went beyond the power of words. His confidence in speech and actions drew a distinct contrast between Him and all other teachers of the day. This Teacher taught with authority. And from this authority alone they should have recognized Jesus as the Messiah.
I believe Jesus’ authority came from His confidence in three areas; Confidence in the Father, Confidence in the Word of God, and Confidence in the Work of God.
He was confident in the Father and His relationship with Him. (Jn 10.15) Every part of Jesus’ life was governed by His relationship with the Father. Ultimately, everything Jesus says or does springs out of His supreme loyalty to the Father and His assurance in who the Father is. Because he was confident in the Father’s identity, He was certain of His own identity. (Jn 8.14-16)
Jesus placed extraordinary confidence in the Word of God. (Mt 4.4) It was God’s Word that sent Him, motivated Him and ultimately put Him on a cross. Jesus never uttered one word that did not first pass the scrutiny of the Father. His words were the Father’s words. He had authority because He was confident He was speaking the very Word of God. (Jn 12.49-50)
And lastly, Jesus had complete confidence in the Work of God. (Mt 26.39) Jesus was in perfect synchronization with the will and work of the Father. The Father’s work was His work. (Jn 5.36)
Do you want to have authority in your ministry? Would you like to have the influence to change people’s lives into exactly what the Father desires? There is no authority but God’s authority. If we are to minister deeply in people’s lives we must be completely confident in our relationship with the Father, the Father’s words and the Father’s work. As we align our lives with the life of Jesus, we align our lives with the Father. That is the way to make disciples with authority. FJ50
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