For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus had authority over those around Him. Not an “overlord” authority many people imagine He had, but an authority that spoke for the best for every man and woman alive. In fact, this authority is associated with Jesus 16 times. Just with the word “authority”.
So, what is this authority that is spoken of multiple times in the Gospels and told of in the same way in three of the four gospels? Christ’s authority over creation.
In Colossians 1:13-18 it gives a interesting perspective on Christ’s authority.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him:
And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.
In just the last three verses, Christ is said the be the master of “all” things five times. It says “all” five times for one reason:
All things really means all, no exceptions, none, nada, zilch.
See, when the Gospels speak of Christ’s authority over creation (whether it be intellectually, spiritually, physically, etc.) they are asserting the fact that He exists before all things, is in control of all things, is first before all things, that all things consist through Him and all things were created by and for Him. It is the all-encompassing look at Christ’s authority.
The Gospel of John sums it up perfectly (what else did you expect from God’s word?). Notice the “all”?
The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.