28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes. (Matthew 7:28–29, ESV)
Jesus was not merely a good man with good philosophies. He was “from above” and is the Son of God (Jno. 8:23; 10:30, 36). We will die in our sins unless we believe this (Jno. 8:24). He spoke with the authority of heaven, not by citing other men to approve His words. This is why believing and obeying His word is so important. And, this is why it is so disrespectful to discount and disobey Him. His word will judge us in the last day (Jno. 12:48). Living by His word will bring eternal blessings, but rejecting it will bring the just punishment of our sins (read Rom. 2:6-11). The teachings of Jesus carry greater authority that Moses and the Old Testament prophets. His words are greater than any human philosopher who has ever or will ever live. He speaks with heaven’s authority. The question before us will always be, will we honor Him with our full obedience, or will we argue against Him and His word to our eternal demise? The choice is clear; the time is now. Honor Christ by following His teaching.