They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority!
We often use the words “power” and “authority” synonymously, but are they the same?  Today we live in a world where people long for power.  The vast majority of people who serve in government today are invested in power.  They want control.  They want the power to change things, to make the world in their own image.  One seizes power.  Authority on the other hand is granted, is given to someone who is willing to serve and to do what the will of the one who granted him the authority.  Jesus never tried to seize power.  He never tried to re-make or re-create the world in his image.  No, he came to do the will of God the Father and because of that willing, servant heart, he was granted authority by God.  Are you hungry for power or are you a willing servant of God?