Authority

29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (Matt. 7:29 NAS)
18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 “Go therefore and make disciples of call the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you 1always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matt. 28:18-20 NAS)
And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness. (Matt. 10:1 NAS)

In the days of Christ, the Rabbis, the teachers of Yahweh relied on the authority of men to discourse the truths of God and the interpretation of Scripture. Among them, rose a teacher who was not concerned about the synagogue, as much as he was concerned as He called them, ‘the lost sheep of Israel.’ He was not concerned about racial boundaries, in fact he found himself ministering to Samaritans who were not liked then in society, by main land Israel. He was not concerned about being seen with those who had been negatively labeled by society. In fact, He touched the lepers, a societal ‘no, no’ because of the religious stipulation that they were unclean, and for basic hygienic reasons. But, our Lord not only touched them, He healed them. On that note, one of his closest followers was a tax collector. Then that really was not good, since the people of Israel saw them as traitors since they were working for the Roman Empire. If this is not enough, he also fellowshipped and shared meals with prostitutes. Though, people would want to see them stoned, He looked at them through eyes of grace and mercy. Though they sold their God given bodies, the Lord knew one day their bodies could become temples of the Holy Spirit for honorable use.
When He would stand before the people, they knew that He spoke with authority. He was not relying on others, but he did make it clear that He had an authority to interpret Scriptures and teach, heal, prophesy, etc. that was intrinsic to him as a person. Truly, it was intrinsic because we know Him to be the Son of God, Messiah, God Himself with us. The message only gets better, this authority was not only given to Him, and of Him, but it was passed on to us by Him.
We can now teach the truth, the gospel. We can heal the sick and cast out evil spirits. We can administer baptism and disciple people as they choose to follow Christ. All these things, we can do because our authority comes from God. Our confidence, boldness must be rooted in Him. When we look at the One who has given us authority, we can be assured that we can walk forward confidently. This authority that we have been given is a signature, by which we act. Every time we exercise it, we preach of the One who came before us and will come again. In like manner people will look at us and marvel and ask, ‘How come this person speaks with such authority?’ We will gladly answer, because we have been saved, and have been given power to act on the behalf of Christ that you might come to know Him.

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