Archegos studied the man teaching them. He had heard rumors that his name was Jesus.
He studied Jesus some more. His clothing was simple. Not fancy, but
functional. He didn't wear any extra adornments, just the basics. Jesus stood
before a decent sized crowd, talking. No, that wasn't right. He was...teaching
them. It was incredible.
Archegos had been amazed as he listened to the man. He moved around, and
looked the people in the eye, like he could really relate to them. What was
even more impressive was his authority. He didn't talk like a shy newbie. He
didn't talk like a pompous know-it-all. He didn't stumble over words that
were laced with uncertainty. He spoke with authority. Archegos had never heard
anyone speak like that.
He blinked. He had never heard anyone speak like that! No one! Not ever!
Archegos had been going to the synagogue with his family his whole life. He had
grown up around Godly men, but none of them, not even the priests, Pharisees,
or any other religious leader that he could think of had ever spoken with
Looking around, Archegos could see that he wasn't the only one to who had
noticed the difference. The man seemed to posses some kind of Heavenly power.
It radiated from him, and into the crowd of people.
People started to talk around him. Due to his dazed realization,
Archegos had missed Jesus leaving, but he guessed that the trail of people
moving away from the group were following after him.
Archegos pointed in the direction that Jesus had gone. "Did you see
that? Did you hear how he spoke? It was incredible!"
Based on Matthew 7:28-29
"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
Isn't that incredible! The people noticed such a huge difference in how
Jesus spoke. He taught with authority.
And the religious leaders of that day didn't.
Guys, we need to have that same authority in our lives when we talk about
Jesus, God, the Bible, and the Holy Spirit. We need to be confident in who we are
in our Lord. I don't want to be talking about how cool Jesus is in some lame
monotone. Imagine someone falling asleep while you talk. What if you
don't really believe the things you are saying? How does that look to
people? Not good!
I want the people who hear me to be convinced that I know what I'm
talking about. I want them to feel convicted, excited, and eager all rolled up
into one. I want to speak with the authority of Jesus.
"So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on
earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:10-11
V. Joy Palmer