“The Sermon on the Mount” (Matt. 5-7) is the longest recorded discourse of Jesus. I also think it is his greatest message. This sermon was for Jesus’ disciples, but it is still a very important message for followers of Christ today.
Jesus begins by giving them what is familiarly known as “The Beatitudes” (Matt. 5:3-12). These 8 statements tell us how to be truly blessed (happy, happier, fortunate). These are quite different from what the world tells us. It had to have shocked the disciples and rocked their world. They probably thought they were were moving into positions of fame, fortune, prestige and power as the chosen followers of the Messiah. Instead, he tells them that true happiness comes from traits like humility, meekness, purity and being persecuted for doing the right thing.
From there, Jesus moves on to telling them how they need to be the salt of the earth. Salt was valuable as a preservative to keep food from rotting. It also was a cleanser, fertilizer, healing agent and added flavor. Do you see how we need preserve what is good in the world? You can look at each of the other attributes of salt and see how it should apply to our Christian walk.
Next, He called them (and us!) to be the light of the world. We know that Jesus is the true light (John 8:12), but we are to be reflections of His light. We are to let His light shine through us in this dark world. So share your faith; don’t hide it. God does not need any secret agents in His program.
Jesus talks about how He did not come to abolish the laws of Moses, but to fulfill them (5:17-18). Then He began addressing the laws in such a way that that took us past the letter of the law to the spirit of the law. We saw clearly that sin begins in the heart before it ever becomes an action.
In the Old Testament, over and over the prophets gave God’s message by saying things like, “Thus says the LORD…,” or “the LORD says, ….” In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus repeatedly says, “I say to you.” He doesn’t have to say “The Lord says” because He is the Lord! He is God in the flesh and He speaks with authority.
In chapter 6, Jesus deals with giving, PRAYING, fasting, worrying and . . . hypocrisy. He gets right to the heart of these issues. The Lord’s Prayer is in this chapter!!!
In chapter 7, Jesus talked about we are to be careful about judging others; we need to examine our own lives first and foremost. Don’t judge, but instead be fruit inspectors. You can tell what people are like by the kind of fruit they produce in their lives. Not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” knows the Lord!
Jesus also talked more about prayer saying that we need to ask, seek and knock. We talked about that statement is continuous and progressive. There is more to prayer than asking!
Jesus ends this sermon by talking about the wise man who built his house on the rock and when the storms and winds came, the house stood firm. He compared that to the foolish man who built his house on the sand and when the storms came the house crashed. Be wise! Build your life on the firm foundation on the Rock, Jesus Christ! If you missed these lessons, I encourage you to go to our messages page and watch them or listen to the podcasts.
God bless you,
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