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By What Authority? #715

23  Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?” 24  But Jesus answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: 25  The baptism of John—where was it from? From heaven or from men?”… (Matthew 21:23–25, NKJV)

It is not an unreasonable question, except for the fact that Jesus had shown them time and time again that His words and His deeds were by the authority of heaven. Just the day before, in the very place where Jesus drove out the defilers of God’s temple, He had healed the blind and the lame (Matt. 21:12-14). Still, they refused to believe (Jno. 12:37-41). Jesus has given ample proof that He is the Christ, the Son of God. All authority has been given to Him in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). It is your choice whether or not you will follow heaven’s authority by submitting to Jesus in obedient faith. By what authority do you live? Whose authority do you honor and obey; heaven’s or men’s? Choose wisely, for your choice has eternal consequences. Yield to the authority of heaven, and follow the Lord Jesus in all things (Col. 3:17).

Jesus Taught with Authority #548

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.