Sermon on the mount

Presented by: Pastor Lynden on April 9, 2017.

What will your response be when you hear the message of Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount? Follow along as we detail each statement of Jesus  for revelational truth.

Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Beatitudes
5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Regardless of what Jesus teaches me, our response should be, “I know he has my best interest, so that is what I’m going to believe. That is what I’m going to accept. And in the power that he’s gonna give to me through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, I’m gonna walk in it.”

The sermon on the mount meshes with the law and how it (the law) meshes with the new covenant.

Jesus is a Jewish rabbi fulfilling the law with his life, death, and resurrection. At this time he has not yet been sacrificed and so he is the fulfillment of the law.

Jesus is saying, “Do not be like the Pharisees with their cold hard self righteousness. True righteousness is a free gift that we receive whenever we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. And his blood covers our sins and we are made righteous in the image of the Lord.

Jesus issues a call for us to apply ourselves to a true righteousness. A righteousness of the spirit, of the heart, a righteousness that the law cannot produce.

These few words outline the standard to which every follower of Christ should try to reach, with the understanding that grace is sufficient when we stumble.