Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 9th, 2020
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)
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As you read through the Gospels, take note of the response of people to Jesus. The religious leaders were often offended. The Romans didn’t want anything to do with Him. The disciples spent their time trying to figure Him out. But the most common response was amazement. As Jesus wrapped up the Sermon on the Mount, we read this in Matthew 7:28-29: “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.” Jesus had no formal training, but those who heard Him noticed that He was not like any of the rabbis whom they had heard. Jesus taught with a sense of authority. His words had a power behind them that was not usual. We shouldn’t be surprised. He was the author of what He was teaching. As He taught, the Holy Spirit took what He said and impacted their hearts. The words of Jesus still do. When we read the Bible, we sense the uniqueness of what we read. The Bible has the authority to transform our lives. As you read your Bible today, you too will be amazed.
These have been words from the heart.