The authority of Jesus is shown vastly in Matthew Chapter 7 where it says, “…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” (verse 28, 29). Wisdom from the word of God, instead of tradition, was spoken from the mouth of Jesus. Many of the things said, are the very things many can relate to, in some form or fashion.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” Matthew 7:1, 2
At some point, while attending a congregation or while being involved with volunteer work, I have come across those who judge others too much. Those who judge others, find themselves going through the same ordeal the person they judged went through. In ministry, opinions fly all over the place and sometimes offensive words can shoot at people the wrong way. I believe this is another reason why Jesus spoke with parables.
I love giving examples of situations or experiences I or someone I knew have faced. Praise reports, help others to see and know they too can overcome. Life is a journey and all of us have a story to tell.
“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces” (verse. 6).
The authority of Jesus shows, He cared so much for the people He warned of their personal relationships. In the past, for many centuries, the children of Israel foolishly placed an idol in the temple and the women wailed over the god named Tammuz and the men had their backs turned against the temple, while paying homage to the sun (Ezekiel 8:14-16). But one extreme can be exchanged for another and in His generation, among the Sadducees and Pharisees, the idol they served was tradition.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7, 8
The authority of Jesus, gives us the right to ask whatever we need in His name! Many of the things people desire can be obtained through asking the Father. It’s easy to believe you can gain many things by working hard and so on, but there comes a point when a miracle from God is needed. Sometimes you can’t work hard enough and the Father wants to hear your needsꟷ with right motives of course.
” And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:18