Have you ever been captivated by a great speaker? What was it that wrapped your head and heart around their words? At one point in Jesus' ministry, the religious leaders sent temple guards to arrest Him. The guards came back empty-handed, saying, "No one ever spoke the way this man does." (John 7:46) Jesus spoke with the authority and grace of God Himself. When doubters tried to undercut His authority, He responded: "My teaching is not my own; it comes from Him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God, or whether I speak on my own." (John 7:16,17) Jesus didn't come with a teaching of human origin or of His own whims, but He spoke according to God's will. And He invited His critics and all His listeners to test out His words with God's will. We can do the same today. Take any of Jesus' teachings from the Gospels and measure them with the whole of God's Word. What Jesus spoke in His 33 years on earth is echoed throughout the 1,500 years of the Bible's writings, from what Moses wrote in Genesis to what John wrote in Revelation.
The testimony of the temple guards is my testimony to you today. Look, you may have your doubts about Jesus, but "NO ONE EVER SPOKE THE WAY THIS MAN DOES." Let me tell you what He said about how "God so loved the world." About His invitation to believe in Him as the "Bread of Life." About His precious promise that I love: "whoever comes to me I will never drive away." Let me tell you what He said and, oh!, what He did!, when He called Himself "the Resurrection and the Life." Let me tell you what He said about His death and resurrection and how He fulfilled it. Let me tell you about what He said when He was dying on the cross. Let me tell you how He greeted His disciples with peace when He rose from the grave even though they had deserted Him when He died. I’m telling you, "NO ONE EVER SPOKE THE WAY THIS MAN DOES."
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.