“The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things concerning Him, and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take Him. … Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why have you not brought Him?” The officers answered, ‘No man ever spoke like this Man!’ ” John 7:32, 45–46
I observed many years ago, as I was just starting out as a preacher, that there was little to no power or authority in my preaching if I were to preach my own thoughts or opinions, but there was a marked difference if I were to simply present the clear teachings of the Word of God. God’s Word has authority and power. When it is proclaimed that power is transmitted to all who hear. The Holy Spirit’s presence attends the presentation of God’s Word and conviction moves upon the hearts of those listening.
This was what those hearing our Savior teach experienced, the power of the truth of God’s Word and the conviction of the Holy Spirit working on their hearts. None could escape it, few could ignore it, and even fewer could fight against it.
When the chief priests sent officers to arrest Jesus and bring him to them those officers were arrested by the words of Christ and powerless to take action against him. When they returned to their masters without him the only answer they could give to explain their inability to fulfill their orders was, “No man ever spoke like this Man!”
Jesus is God. In his years of ministry his divine nature was shrouded by humanity and wholly submitted to the Father, yet his knowledge of God, his connection with God, and his relationship with His Word remained unbroken and active. He understood the love of God and the words of life like no other and that understanding came out in everything he taught. The wisest of counselors, the most learned of scholars, and the most insightful teachers could not approach Christ’s capacity for power and authority in their teaching. They don’t have his connection with the Father.
Still, we can have a connection with God. We’ve been offered a filling of the Holy Spirit. We’ve been given the words of Scripture. If we will open our hearts and submit ourselves to the presence of the Spirit of God and follow what we’re taught in God’s Word we too will have power. Power to live for God and power to witness for Christ.