The Wise and Foolish Builders (vv. 24-27)
Jesus closes his Sermon by contrasting the wise builder and the foolish one.
Trials and temptations are inevitable, but only those whose lives are built on the rock will prevail. Those who build on the sand will see their lives collapse around them. The poor foundation can be unrighteousness or self-righteousness. Either way, the result is the same: their house fell with a great crash.
Christ offers each of his listeners a choice. Who and what we choose will not only determine the path of our earthly lives, but our eternal ones as well.
Christ’s Authority vs. the Teachers of the Law (vv. 28-29)
Jesus concludes his sermon with four contrasting images. As a postscript, the gospel writer, Matthew, adds a fifth: the difference between the authority with which Christ preached and the way Israel’s religious leaders taught.
When Jesus finishes, the crowd is awed—not just by what he has said, but how he has said it. For he has spoken not as one who simply knows the Law, but with the authority of the Law-Giver himself.