This morning someone told me that they found that part of the message very helpful. So I thought I'd post it here for anyone who didn't hear it, or for anyone who might want to hear it again:
You follow Jesus up on a mountainside. Jesus sits down, which is the posture for teachers in that day. You sit down with the others to listen.
And in so many words, Jesus basically says,“If you’re gonna be in my kingdom you can kiss normal goodbye!”
But in my kingdom, the meek will inherit the earth
But in my kingdom, it’s the poor in spirit who come out on top
But in my kingdom, people who mourn are blessed
But in my kingdom, you’re blessed when people persecute you
But in my kingdom, looking at somebody lustfully is just as bad
But in my kingdom, calling somebody a fool is just as bad
But in my kingdom, marriage is a permanent union, and divorce is a
last resort in extreme cases
But in my kingdom,
We turn the other cheek
We love our enemies
We pray for the very people who make our lives miserable!
Throughout this sermon, this Sermon on the Mount, Jesus basically says, “Look, if you’re gonna hang with me, you’re gonna be weird.”
The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most powerful sections of Scripture. In this sermon, Jesus calls us to a lifestyle that reflects the unconditional love and the pure holiness of God. I encourage you to sit down and read it sometime this week. It's found in MATTHEW 5-7.