Jesus mesmerized the crowds. People wanted to hear these words spoken. After all, were they not hungry, and didn't they weep, and were they not hated? Those who were rich and full were the ones laughing at Jesus. These were the same ones not baptized by John who did not like John's words. Luke 7:24-30 ... What went you out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? A man clothed in soft clothing? Behold, they who are gorgeously appareled, and live in luxury, are in kings' courts. But what went you out to see? A prophet? ... And all the people that heard him, and the tax collectors, justified God, being baptized with the baptism of John. But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
These radical words would bring a scoff from many living today. You can imagine the shock for the ears of the poor servile Jews under roman domination. These words are not equaled or paralleled anywhere else in the New Testament. No one spoke like Jesus. Paul didn't speak that way. James certainly didn't sound like Jesus. Each author has his own distinct voice. You can see the character of each man in his words. Jesus spoke with authority, yet with gentleness. Jesus showed no toleration for the wicked religious leaders, yet he ate with sinners. Jesus multiplied fish and bread, yet ate corn in the fields with the poor and the homeless. Jesus healed the sick and cured their diseases, yet allowed Himself to suffer horrible pain and degradation.
When the Jews harvested the corn, they were commanded to leave parts of the crop (at the corners, and whatever fell to the ground, etc.) for the poor to gather. This had been part of the Law of Moses. We see Jesus leaving the temple after the Sabbath service, and going out to eat with His disciples...in those cornfields. This was when the religious leaders criticized Him for eating with unwashed hands. But, notice they knew ahead of time what He would do. Obviously, he often ate this way, having no personal possessions.
Luke 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.
Not like going to Applebees after church on Sunday is it? Jesus came to earth to reach out to mankind. This was God come to man in flesh...God with us. His words had the power to reach the heart of mankind. Those words were written by eyewitnesses. Matthew and John were two of the twelve. Mark and Luke were also in the crowds that followed. Mark was a very young man, and it is assumed that most of his account was written for Peter, who he worked for as an assistant in later years. Peter was an uneducated fisherman, who would have needed Mark to set down his memories of Jesus. Luke was a doctor who later traveled the Mediterranean with Paul. Their words did not come from library shelves, but were from firsthand accounts.
John 16:4 But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, you may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Jesus' words truly were "the words of eternal life."