Nestled in the pages of Matthew, we will find the most profound, compelling, and convicting sermon ever spoken: the Sermon on the Mount.
At this point in time, Jesus had been preaching many “multitudes” and healing them of various diseases and sicknesses. To say the least, His ministry was on fire. (Matthew 4:23-25).
As we open to the first verse in Matthew 5, it says, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.”
From this, we can gather that Jesus is actually speaking to a specific crowd: His disciples. This sermon is applicable to those who follow Christ, not necessarily the multitudes. Obviously, non-believers can read this passage and try to make sense of it, but without the key ingredient of Christ ruling in their hearts, this can be very difficult to apply to their own lives.
He is about to describe the “Beattitudes” and how the Christian life has an effect on the world and the individual. And what better way to learn about how we as Christians should position our hearts than from Jesus, Himself. After the Beattitudes set the stage, the sermon continues with what we should be and what we should do in relation to what we are.
I believe Jesus said this sermon in a particular order intentionally. He first reminds us of who we are because of Whose we are and then moves into what our response will be with our actions and relationships. It is brilliant.
So, here is what I want you to do…read Matthew 5-7 to prepare for these next weeks as we dissect each Beattitude and move through Jesus’ words. My prayer is that we all gain a new perspective and remove the callousness in our hearts that can prevent us from doing the work of the Lord.
I can’t wait to begin this heart-changing adventure with you.
be blessed. be free.xo