The people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority.
[MATTHEW 7 : 28 – 29]
One fact that struck Jesus’ audiences as much as any other was that He was an authoritative teacher. The most predominant New Testament word used for authority pertains to power and privilege and demonstrates the sovereignty of Christ.
In contrast to Jesus, the Jewish scribes quoted others to lend authority to their teachings. The Lord needed to quote only God’s Word and could speak as the final authority on truth. He spoke eternal truth simply, directly, powerfully, yet with love and compassion. That astounded His hearers—and it should also profoundly impress us.
~ John MacArthur ~