What Jesus Did! 'Bottom Line!' — Matthew 7:28-29

Friday, March 31, 2017

When Jesus finished saying these things, the people were amazed at his teaching. Jesus did not teach like their teachers of the law. Jesus taught like a person that had authority (power).
— Matthew 7:28-29
Illustration of Matthew 7:28-29 — When Jesus finished saying these things, the people were amazed at his teaching. Jesus did not teach like their teachers of the law. Jesus taught like a person that had authority (power).

Key Thought

That's the point. Jesus is not like the teachers of the Law. They're expertise came from knowing the many different interpretations of the Jewish Law over the years. Jesus comes and teaches us the heart of God's will in the Sermon on the Mount. It's the heart of the matter taught by one with all authority. This is not only truth, but it is the livable truth of God. You see, Jesus is more than Teacher, he is Master and Lord. His word is authoritative! So let's live it

Today's Prayer

Loving and sacrificial Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be your living message and your authoritative Word. Bless me and please change me as I try to live out that authoritative message in my life. Give me strength, courage, and integrity as I seek to live to your glory. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

"Enter through the narrow gate {that opens the way to heaven}. The road that leads to hell is a very easy road. And the gate to hell is very wide. Many people enter that gate. But the gate that opens the way to {true} life is very small. And the road to {true} life is very difficult (hard). Only a few people find that road. "Be careful of false prophets. They come to you and look {gentle} like sheep. But they are really dangerous {like} wolves. You will know these people because of the things they do. Good things don't come from bad people, the same as grapes don't come from thorn bushes. And figs don't come from thorny weeds. In the same way, every good tree makes good fruit. And bad trees make bad fruit. A good tree cannot make bad fruit. And a bad tree cannot make good fruit. Every tree that does not make good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. You will know these false people by the fruit they make (things they do). "Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people that will enter the kingdom of heaven are those people that do the things that my Father in heaven wants. On the last day many people will say to me, 'You are our Lord! We spoke for you. And for you we forced out demons and did many miracles. ' Then I will tell those people clearly, 'Go away from me, you people that do wrong. I never knew you.' "Every person that hears these things I say and obeys is like a wise man. The wise man built his house on rock. It rained hard and the water rose. The winds blew and hit that house. But the house did not fall, because the house was built on rock. But the person that hears the things I teach and does not obey those things is like a foolish man. The foolish man built his house on sand. It rained hard, the water rose, and the winds blew and hit that house. And the house fell with a loud noise." When Jesus finished saying these things, the people were amazed at his teaching. Jesus did not teach like theirteachers of the law. Jesus taught like a person that had authority (power).

Matthew 7:13-29

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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