Jesus is very direct about how religious leaders are focused on justifying what they teach to match their way of seeing things. That is not God’s way.
Jesus challenges us not to see things from a religious point of view. We must have a heart after God, seek what God wants us to do and say, and do that only. The focus is on God and not what we think or believe.
God’s goal for us is to speak His truth. It is not to represent what we think. What we think is not relevant.
“Abandoning the command of God, you hold on to human tradition.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Mk 7:8). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
What gives Jesus the right to speak and act on his Father’s behalf in forgiving sin, pronouncing judgment and promising eternal life to those who believe in him?
Jesus is the Son of our Heavenly Father, God. God is God. God gives His son authority. That is the way in the Kingdom of God.
God doesn’t place any limits on what Jesus can do. God completely trusts Jesus to faithfully execute God’s plan. Now that is really something.
Jesus’ authority underlines his divine status
So Jesus said, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.“ | John 8:28 (NASB)
Jesus declares that He is, from the beginning of time, just like God is the great “I am”.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” | John 8:58 (NASB)
The only way I can get to God is through Jesus. That is it. PERIOD!
- John 14:6 (NASB) — Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.“
- 1 Corinthians 1:24 (NASB) — but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, the Messiah is the power of God and the wisdom of God.
- Colossians 2:10 (NASB) — and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;