Christian Pilgrim


143. As One Having Authority

It was said of Christ that:

Matthew 7:28,29; Mark 1:22 – “The people were astonished at His doctrine, for He taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.”

We think that someone with authority is someone who firmly states something in a loud, assertive, aggressive manner. But this is not what the Bible means. That was the way of the scribes. Christ had authority in the sense that he did NOT teach in this manner, but rather that what He did teach was incontrovertible truth, but taught gently.

It was said of the twelve-year-old Christ :

Luke 2:46,47 – “And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.”

Note, He was NOT being assertive and aggressive like the scribes, but “hearing them and asking them questions,” in order to get them to think for themselves in order to tease out of them the correct answers. And all were astonished at this.

Christ taught the multitude in parables WITHOUT explanation:

Matthew 13:34 – “All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them

He then explaned the parables to His disciples afterwards:

Matthew 13:11 – “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.”

The reason for this is that most of the multitude were not interested in His teaching, but only in the signs:

John 6:26 – “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the [true meaning of the] miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Anyone who truly was interested in His teachings, could always come to Him to have the parables explained at any time.