MATTHEW 7:28_the people were astonished at his doctrine.
Absolutely one of my favorite portions of scripture! This divine encounter did not end with some ho-hum, blase kind of feeling among the crowd. It ended with shock!
All of which come from great power!
From great love!
From great truth!
From something…topsy-turvy…something 180 degrees from life’s norm!
All this came in one package—delivered in one sermon.
My brother, Ted, sent me a text recently: Truth is not a meandering river. It is a rock. And Jesus is the only sure footing in a world filled with gravel. I think that is exactly what the Jesus listeners experienced. They, like we, were always searching for truth.The Scribes and Pharisees meandered around truth, but never landed on it. The Scribes and Pharisees were blind.
Matthew 15:8-9(KJV), Jesus quotes the prophet Isaiah, “This people draweth nigh unto me [God] with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”
When they finally heard truth—the people were astonished!
Strong Tower, You are my only sure footing. Your truth astonishes me! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ’s words are genuine truth—They astonish me!