When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. – Matthew 7:28-29 (NIV)
It was Jesus self awareness that has troubled so many people. If taken just as moral instruction, the teachings of Christ have many benefits. It’s just that Christ never allowed his teachings to be just moral tales to be used as needed. He taught with an authority that demanded a response. This was not like the religious leaders, who were talking about God. This was God Himself telling His creation about who He is. The amazement came from the teaching because the teaching came from God.
Today’s commentary by:
Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org
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