X04.13...........Jesus' Authority Is Not Like the Scribes

 

31 ¶ And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the sabbath;
32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4: 31-32)

The bible states here that Jesus teaching--His doctrine--was "with authority".

Mt 7:29 for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.
Mr 1:22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.

Again, in the books of Matthew and Mark, Jesus is said to have taught as one who had authority--and not as the scribes.

The Bible is saying that Jesus released authority--that He taught that others were to carry the Gospel. Jesus was releasing authority--He was making apostles--"sending" people--who worked groups to carry on his ministry. He was not holding people in authority or exercising authority over others--as the scribes did.

Matthew chapters 5-7 is Jesus' ministry training. He teaches people to love others--(this is what new covenant Christian ministry IS!!!)--to serve others--to lay down our life for others--as He did--which again--is the new covenant definition of ministry.

In each of these places Jesus has released the Gospel to all who can hear Him. In Luke 4, 18-19 He has stated--

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
19 to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

Yes, He states that the empowerment of the Spirit will be used to preach the Gospel--heal the sick--and bring deliverance. Yes, He says that He will do His ministry toward the poor--the captive--the oppressed--the blind. But He also says--as part of His Gospel--that He will.....

"set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

The word translated as "set" is the Greek "apostello". Jesus is speaking--as part of his teaching--that he will release authority to others. That He will make apostles. That part of His Gospel--his Good News--is "apostolic liberty"--the freedom for all who believe to be released to serve God--to carry on his ministry--to have an anointing--a ministry--to serve others.

Jesus GAVE authority to others---he DID NOT exercise authority over others....

25 And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
26 But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
27 For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28 "You are those who have continued with me in my trials;
29 and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, (Luke 22: 25-29)

Jesus' Gospel, (which He had just announced in Luke 4, Mark1 and Matthew 7)--contained the release of authority to His followers----now read the reaction that people had again--

"and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word was with authority. (Luke 4: 32)

Mt 7:28-29 "And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes."

Mr 1:22 "And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes."

The astonishment they had,was about Jesus' teaching--His Gospel--of salvation, healing, deliverance, feeding the poor--and release.

If someone went into your church, and preached release--would it be a shock to you?