And they were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus’ ultimate authority also extends to matters of the heart. Because this King is also God, He has the power to do something no earthly ruler or leader can boast: the power to forgive sin. Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.” (Matthew 28:18) He healed many physical afflictions, diseases and even paralysis by simply saying, “Your sins are forgiven.” Clearly, this King is different from all others. We can’t turn our backs on His tremendous power over all things or ignore His supreme authority in every area of life—both the seen and unseen. As our King, Jesus commands our attention, reverence and worship. As our God, he also desires our hearts. Is your heart in submission to the authority of Christ today?