“As One Having Authority”
The difference between the authority of Jesus and that of the scribes was that while Jesus’ authority was intrinsic to him that of the scribes was external to them; Jesus’ authority came from who he was while that of the scribes came from what they knew.
Real authority comes from within, not from without.
Lead us, O God, to listen very, very closely to Jesus; lead us to take his authority very, very seriously.
Cause our astonishment to give way to obedience; may we follow Christ so closely that our witness comes to flow naturally from within us or, perhaps better put, from our faithful response to your presence in us.
“Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.” (Matthew 7:28-29)