The Savior’s Sermon (Part 3)
“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
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In your classroom, you (hopefully) have authority. You determine the rules and procedures of the classroom, and you must enforce consequences when your students choose to break them. You set the schedule for the day, and teach your children a variety of subjects. In your classroom, you have the authority, and this is normal. Students are not shocked at your teaching.
However, this was not the case when Jesus finished giving the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew writes, “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). In contrast to the scribes at the time, who would quote other authority figures in their teachings, Jesus did not need to quote anyone. This left the people there astounded, because they did not know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Today, we are blessed to know that Jesus, who came down from heaven and was crucified for our sins so that we may have life in Him, is the Lord. He taught with authority because, as He tells His disciples in Matthew 28:18, all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him. In fact, immediately after this, Jesus delivered the Great Commission, which is to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20). This was for the disciples, and it is for you as well.
Your career as a teacher is a vocation that God has gifted you, to teach and guide His children! Because we have been given the gift of God’s Word, we are to teach it to our students and share God’s love with them. This is so important, especially in a society where “truth” is based on one’s perception and experience, and not on the inerrant Word of God. Be confident in this, because you have been placed here for such a time as this, and because the One who has all authority promises to be with us always, to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).
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