“Jesus then proclaims the good news that another and and better righteousness is needed than that of the Pharisees ([Matt.] 5:20), that this righteousness is is a good gift from God (6:33), and that God grants this benefit, not to the righteous, bu to publicans and sinners, to the lost, to the burdened and heavy laden, to children who do not look for salvation in themselves but expect all their well being from God. As proof of all this, he himself, as the Messiah of the kingdom distributes the benefit of forgiveness of sins (Matt. 9:2ff.; Luke 7:48ff.). Indeed, he gives his life as a ransom for many (Matt. 20:28), creates the new covenant in his blood, allows his body to be broken and his blood to be shed fo rthe forgiveness of sins(26:26ff.), and promises eternal life to all who become his disciples (10:37ff.; 16:24ff.).” Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 4., p. 183).
“The feeling of awe was in keeping with the unique demonstration of the supernatural they had just witnessed in Jesus, while the glorifying arose from the reflection that this had been mediated through a man.” (Geerhardus Vos The Self-Disclosure of Jesus, p. 53).
Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.