These are arguably the three most important chapters in the whole bible. Just as Moses went up a mountain to receive and deliver the law, Jesus, continuing Matthew’s theme of Jesus being the new and perfect Israel, goes up a mount to deliver a fulfilled law for God’s people. Those who follow this law are the new Israel.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Vision of God
This message challenges the idea that many people have that the God of the Old Testament is different from the God of the New Testament. Jesus makes it clear that God is one but he is revealing himself more fully in Jesus.
Vision of Others
It’s amazing how personal God is. Every time I read the Sermon on the Mount something different hits me. It’s like Jesus is still speaking to me through those red letters.
Go With God
Every section makes me want to Go with God and challenges my worldview. I want to have beatitudes instead of bad attitudes. I want to be salt and light. I want to treat sin more radically and care less about my image. I want to stop worrying and keep building on the solid rock of Jesus.
This is Jesus. This is what he taught, who he was and who he is!