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Child of God

God took on human form. Amazing! He lived among His creation a common man, yet people would have nothing to do with him? Astounding! An opportunity to experience His divine nature is given and people decide to remain in darkness.

Are you living in the light? Are you a member of His family?

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John 1:9-14

“The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him (his name), he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.”

The true light

Jesus is the true Light. Other lights may flicker with elements of truth or provide mere glimpses of reality. There is nothing unreal or shadowy about the Light that is Christ. He brings real illumination and is available to everyone. God reveals himself to all people (Rom 1:20).

Jesus & the world

Jesus is connected to the world (John 1:9,10), created the world (1:10), and has been rejected by the world (1:11). People encountered the Galilean peasant and may have thought, “Not very impressive!” The divine came in a way no one expected. The world missed the supreme opportunity!

The heart of man

Human nature defaults toward rebellion. Adam and Eve disobeying God in the garden of Eden is indicative of this truth (Gen 3). Psalm 2 reveals people’s rebellious nature, “Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one.” (Psalm 2:1,2) The book of Revelation records plagues and disasters God will use to push people into His arms of grace. How tragic people turn their back on Him. The people of this world worship the enemy of God, Satan (Rev 13:4, 8). Mankind remains rebellious until the end of time. They refuse the love of God and reject His Word.

Becoming a child of God

John reveals that although some reject Jesus, there were others who believe.

The end of the story is not the tragedy of rejection, but the grace of acceptance. God gave a gift, some received it, and became a part of God’s family. We enter this world as spiritual orphans and God has given us a way to become one of His own, adopted into His family. Those who believe become God’s children. He says,

I will take you in. I will be your Father. I will love you. You’ll be part of my family.”

Believing in a name

A name is a convenient label to distinguish one person from another. Not so in the ancient world. In some ways the name expresses the whole person. To believe “in the name,” means trusting the person. If you trust in Jesus’ name, you completely trust in who Jesus is, what He says, and what He did.

The miracle of a birth

When a person believes in Jesus, they are reborn. They move from spiritual death into spiritual life. This new birth is a miracle coming from God and changing the nature of people. A person’s thoughts, motives, actions, and desires change out of rebirth.

God in human form

The Word of God took on human form and lived among mankind. He came for a temporary visit to display God’s love and grace. He came in a humble manner discovering those who truly love Him.

The challenge

Receive God’s gift of grace and truth. Turn away from a rebellious life, run into the arms of God, and become a part of the His family.

Have you ever rebelled against God? How? Share your comments below.

Reflecting the Light

C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, writes about the kinds of people we interact with daily, “a society of possible gods and goddesses.” He encourages followers of Christ to live in such a way that people move in the right direction and wind up in the right destination. Believers should point people towards the Light.

To which destination (light or darkness) are you leading people?

John 1:6-8

“God sent a man, John the Baptist, to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.”

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An important figure

Some of John’s followers wondered whether he was the Christ (Luke 3:15). Some were baptized in John’s name in Ephesus (Acts 19:3). Apollos was introduced as one who “knew only the baptism of John” (Acts 18:25). The Apostle John describes the mission of John the Baptist.

A forerunner

Verse 6 records John was sent by God to be a witness and bear testimony of Jesus. His mission was to point people to Christ.

A point of decision

John brought people to a decision about needing Light. His testimony caused people to start looking for the true Light of the world.

An awakening

The Word came to bring heavenly light, while John came to awaken people to their need of God’s revelation.

Not the light

John the Baptist was not the Light but pointed to the Light. Pastors are not the Light and church members are not the Light.

Believers simply reflect the Light and lead people to Jesus.”

Examples to follow

John the Baptist had a following and ministered to many, yet laid down his ambitions at the revelation of Jesus. He chose to decrease in order for Him to increase.

Dying to self

Followers of Jesus are to die daily (1 Cor. 15:31) and lift up the name of Jesus. Their role is to direct others to the Lamb of God who takes away sin (John 1:29).

The challenge

Point others to Jesus. Share the love of Christ by the way you live. People around you need to be awakened to the need of a Savior.

What are some practical ways you can point others to Jesus? Share your comments below.

Life in the Word

The more I purpose myself to live devoted to Jesus, the more abundantly I live. As I allow my thoughts and desires to align with His, the more I experience life to the fullest. Are you willing to let go and pursue an abundant life in Jesus?

John 1:3-5

“All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”

The Word and creation

The universe is not due to chaos or chance. The world is due to God acting through his Word. Creation is His.

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Christ over creation

Apart from the Word, existence is impossible. “For through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.” (Col 1:16, 17)

Nuclear physicists willfully admit a “force” holds atomic nuclei together. They use terms such as “mesons”, “nucleons” and “strong nuclear force.” John 1:3 and Colossians 1:17 acknowledges the “force” is Jesus.

He holds everything together.”

The Word and life

Because of life in the Logos there is life on the earth. Life does not exist on its own. “He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils” (Gen. 2:7).

Jesus is the source of eternal life to those dead in trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). In Him purpose and power is available to men. He is ultimate hope.

Life in Jesus

Jesus is the source of natural and spiritual life. John uses the word “life” thirty-six times. John states:

  • Jesus came that people might have life to the full (John 10:10)
  • He died so that people might have everlasting life (3:16)
  • He gave his flesh for the life of the world (6:51)
  • Only those who come to him have life (5:40)
  • Jesus is the life (John 11:25, 14:6)

The Word and light

Jesus, the life-bringer and light-bearer, is the light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5). The Word of God is the teacher of mankind. You have access to the light, whether you walk in it or turn your back to it.

Light in darkness

The world is filled with darkness, sin, death, separation from God, hatred, violence, jealousy, pride, and lust. The light is continually in action and shines in darkness; opposes darkness and dispels darkness.

The challenge

Allow the Spirit of God to transform your life. Pursue an abundant life in Jesus. Permit His light to expose dark places in your life. Purpose yourself to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and lighten up dark places.

What are some practical ways of bringing light to the world? Share your comments below.

Called to Holiness

Revelation 2:18-29

“‘Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze:

‘I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.

‘But I have this complaint against you. You are permitting that woman—that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet—to lead my servants astray. She teaches them to commit sexual sin and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn away from her immorality.

‘Therefore, I will throw her on a bed of suffering, and those who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly unless they repent and turn away from her evil deeds. I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am the one who searches out the thoughts and intentions of every person. And I will give to each of you whatever you deserve.

‘But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end, To them I will give authority over all the nations. They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots. They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!

‘Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.”

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Ancient Thyatira

On the inland route forty-five miles east of Pergamum was the city of Thyatira, situated on the south bank of the Lycus in the long north-south valley connecting the Caicus and Hermus valleys.

Thyatira was the gateway to Pergamos, the capital city of Asia.

Although not a great city, it was important in the commerce of wool, linen, apparel, dyed work, leatherwork, tanning, and bronzework.

Acts 16:14 states Lydia was from Thyatira, “a merchant of expensive purple cloth who worshiped God.”

The true Son of God

Thyatira was a local cultic worship center of Apollo Tyrimnos, a son of Zeus. Jesus starts His message as the resurrected Christ, the true Son of God.

Love and faithfulness

Jesus commends the church for their growth in love and faith. Love was manifested in service and faithfulness in perseverance.

Desiring prosperity

Jesus condemned their participation in social events, eating food sacrificed to idols and participating in sexual immorality. The economic life of the city was dominated by trade guilds where pagan religious practices were the criteria for membership. Christians were facing problems when abstaining from things dedicated to pagan deities; namely, social rejection and economic hardship.

Following a Jezebel

Jezebel symbolizes the detrimental powers of false religion among the people of God. In Pergamum the compromise came from outside the church whereas in Thyatira the same compromise was initiated and encouraged by someone within the church. The person was unwilling to let go of an alliance with the pagan environment and was influencing others to follow similar practices, causing the church to be less than holy. They neglected Peter’s admonition to “be holy just as God is holy.” (1 Pet 1:16)

The church is called to holiness.”

Examining the heart

Jeremiah declares, “But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” (Jer 17:10)

Jesus examines the heart “and will judge all people according to their deeds.” (Matt. 16:27)

Unrepentant heart

Serious as it was, the strongest threat to Jezebel and the other offenders was not with regard to sin, but their reluctance to repent.

Jesus in the sermon on the mount reveals God blesses those who mourn. (Matt. 5:4) A blessing is connected to mourning over sin, possessing a heart-breaking sorrow and unhidden sadness, and feeling toward sin the same way as God.

The Lord is walking among the Church, judging evil, but also offering deliverance to the fallen if they repent and stop doing the deeds of a Jezebel.

The promise

Jesus promises the same authority as He has been granted from His Father to those remaining holy. With authority over the nations an overcomer is promised the morning star, a victory in Jesus in a darkened world.

The message today

Disloyalty occurs by both compromise without and deception within.

Are you failing to be loyal to Christ? Are you caught up in unwholesome practices turning you away from God?

Remain steadfast in faith and continue walking in accordance to His will.

The challenge

Remain holy as God is holy. As you engage the world stay loyal to Jesus.

What are some practical ways you can live a holy life?  Share your comments below.

The Church – Called to Love

Over the course of the next year I will be writing a book about the church. This series of blogs about the seven churches will serve as a precursor for my manuscript. I look forward to hearing your comments along the way!

Matthew 16:18 records Jesus telling the disciples that He will build His church. The word “church” comes from a Greek word meaning “an assembly of people called out for a purpose.”

The church is a faith community called out for a divinely expressed purpose; namely, “to make disciples.”

A revelation

The book of Revelation gives special emphasis to seven churches in modern-day Turkey. The seven Asian churches represent the local church in every age and every country.

A light to the world

John the Revelator received a vision of seven golden lampstands and seven stars. (Revelation 1:12, 16) Jesus, standing among the lampstands, tells him the lampstands represent seven churches.

The church is the light-bearer in a darkened world.”

Revelation 2:1-7

“‘Write this letter to the angel of the church in Ephesus. This is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand, the one who walks among the seven gold lampstands:

‘I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance. I know you don’t tolerate evil people. You have examined the claims of those who say they are apostles but are not. You have discovered they are liars. You have patiently suffered for me without quitting.

But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. If you don’t repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches. But this is in your favor: You hate the evil deeds of the Nicolaitans, just as I do.

Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give fruit from the tree of life in the paradise of God.’”

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Ancient Ephesus

Located on the western coast of Asia Minor, at the convergence of three highways from the north, east, and south, Ephesus was a trade center in the region.

The city of Ephesus was also the worship center for the fertility goddess “Artemis” (Greece) or “Diana” (Rome).

Ephesians were cosmopolitan and transient, living in a city with a history of cultural-political change.

Enduring hardship

The Ephesian church is considered founded by Aquila, Priscilla, and later Paul.

The believers had toiled to the point of exhaustion and dealt with hostility from a society at odds with their faith. Challenges included disbelieving Jews (Acts 19:9), the seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:16), and a mob stirred up by Demetrius the silversmith (Acts 19:29).

Loving truth

Early in the church’s formation, Paul commended the members for loving each other, “Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you” (Eph 1:15, 16).

Revelation records the church being commended for having a low tolerance for false teachers. Their quest, however, for truth and holiness left them without love for God and neighbor. They lost a quality they first possessed, divine love. They became overly critical of others.

Recognizing disciples

Jesus shares, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13:35).

Love for others is an important characteristic of followers of Jesus.

The church is called to love.”

Working for God

“I know all the things you do. I have seen your hard work.” The Ephesian church was a busy church, actively serving God in various ways.

The church had a distrust of false doctrine and a desire to engage in works of faith. Unfortunately, they allowed the fresh glow of love for God and one another to fade.

The message today

Are you overly critical of others? Have you made yourself busy “doing” things for God? Have you forgotten to abide in Him?

Be intentional about abiding in Jesus. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit.” (John 15:5)

Bearing godly fruit

As you meditate on God’s word, spend time in prayer, and encourage fellow believers, you are abiding in Jesus. Holy Spirit fruit will then be evident.

“The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22, 23).

The promise

If a community of believers return to their first love they inherit eternal life. By displaying love for God and love for one another there is hope of a great reward, God and followers of Jesus restored to perfect love and fellowship.

The challenge

Abide in Jesus! Ask Him to ripen the fruit of the Spirit in your life. Display God’s love to the world so that others will turn to Him.

How can you show love to God and others?  Share your comments below.

Promised Persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matt. 5:10-12

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Persecution requires others

You cannot do this Beatitude; it is done to you. You can recognize your spiritual poverty, mourn over sin, hunger for God, but persecution comes from others and is not of your choosing.

A double emphasis

Jesus emphasizes the topic by re-stating it: “Blessed are those who are persecuted … Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you.”

Choosing the Kingdom

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matt. 13:45-46)

Gaining access to the Kingdom involves being sold out for Jesus.

The cost of Kingdom living

Persecution is a price for living the Kingdom way. Jesus declares,

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18).

Your reaction matters

Reacting to persecution by turning the other cheek reveals Kingdom truths in real terms. Believers are blessed as they maintain a spirit of joy in the midst of personal persecution.

Persecuted for peacemaking

The Beatitude is coupled with peacemaking. Persecution sometimes comes when trying to encourage others to love God and their neighbor.

A coming persecution

“Blessed are those who are persecuted” is written in the future tense.

Persecution may not presently be occurring but can come at anytime.

Being a martyr

The New Testament word translated “witness” is rooted in martyrdom, suggesting total commitment. Many today are experiencing persecution, some giving the ultimate sacrifice.

The challenge

Be joyful in persecution. Persecution connects you with Jesus and the heroes of faith recorded in Scripture. (Hebrews 11) Rejoice, you have great reward!

How has persecution impacted your faith in Jesus?  Share your comments below.

Joyful Conflict

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matt. 5:9

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Living in conflict

People naturally want to live peacefully, in calm serenity. Jesus is not saying blessed are those living in peace, but blessed are peacemakers.

Peacemakers actually live in the midst of conflict. In other words, blessed are those living in conflict and bringing peace. Godly joy is readily found in the worst conflicts.

Responding to the poor

C.T. Studd grew up the son of a wealthy Englishman, felt compelled to fulfill Matthew 19:21, sold what he had and gave to the poor. He spent his life in China, India, and Africa. In a poem he wrote is the line,

Some wish to live within the sound of chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.”

Studd discovered a joy in the midst of conflict.

Ideas on peace

Jesus lived at a time described as the “Pax Romana,” or Roman peace. Rome established and maintained peace through military might. Jesus, however, is referring to a peace (shalom) that makes a person whole, not the absence of war.

Peace is described as a state of mind, inward soundness, and well-being.

Peace in relationships

Peace involves connecting with God, man, the environment, and yourself. The Fall of Man changed all these relationships, yet finding divine peace heals them.

The greatest peace

The greatest kind of peacemaking is leading someone to make peace with God.

When a person finds peace with God and themselves, they move toward reconciliation with others, giving people the ability to genuinely love everybody.

A peacemaking God

The God of peace sent His Son, Jesus, to die on a cross and restore right relationships. Jesus’ death ripped the veil and tore down the separation between God and man. Paul describes Jesus as our peace, restoring relationships and bringing unity.

For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility…and he came and preached peace to you who were far off (Gentile) and peace to those who were near (Jew).” (Ephesians 2)

The coming of Jesus brings the possibility of peace with God and your fellow man.

Sons and daughters of God

Peacemakers have an element of godliness about them, lovingly restoring right relationships. God considers peacemakers as one of His own, like a proud dad making the claim, “That’s my boy!”

The challenge

Be a peacemaker! Establish peace with God and others. Find a special joy in the midst of conflict.

What are some practical ways you can become a peacemaker to those around you? Share your comments below.

Good Intentions

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matt. 5:8

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Defining pure

Jesus is referring to internal purity, not external.

Our Muslim and Jewish neighbors do not eat pork. When they go to a butcher for hamburger they expect “pure” hamburger. Meat is considered unclean if 99.99% hamburger and 0.01% pork. Purity requires 100%.

The heart of the matter

The heart has to do with motive or intent. David intended to construct a temple for God. Although not allowed to do the construction, the Lord recognized his heart for wanting to build.

But the Lord told him, ‘You wanted to build the Temple to honor my name. Your intention is good’” (1 Kings 8:18)

His intentions were good.

Good intentions

My son Nate has lately been picking flowers for teachers while going to school. Some get a complete rose and some get petals he finds on the ground. Whether teachers receive a complete flower or varied pieces, they appreciate the gesture. His intentions are good.

The road to heaven

A phrase commonly used is, “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”

According to this Beatitude the road to Heaven is paved with good intentions and is divinely blessed.

Success and faithfulness

God measures the goodness and faithfulness of a person more than success. Citizens of the Kingdom want to hear one day, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

You may not accomplish everything you set out to do but are your intentions good? Are you faithful?

The Arena

In the speech “Citizenship in a Republic” Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Seeing God

By wanting to please Jesus heaven is experienced on earth, with a promise of seeing God.

In the days of castles and palaces, travelers would visit with hopes of seeing the king. Only those considered “friends of the king’s presence” were given an opportunity.

Those with good intentions are considered close companions of God, friends of His presence.

Seeking God

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face…” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (emphasis added)

The challenge

Be pure in heart. Live life in the arena advancing the kingdom of God. Ask Jesus to give you strength to be faithful in every endeavor and demonstrate that you are a friend of the King’s presence.

What have you done in the name of good intentions? Share your comments below.

Hungry for More

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matt. 5:6

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Finding satisfaction

The issue in this beatitude is satisfaction. Blessed are the hungry. Are you satisfied in only praying the sinner’s prayer or starving for more out of your relationship with God?

Real hunger is not satisfied with a mere piece of bread but demands the whole loaf.

Defining righteousness

Righteousness means giving both God and man their due. In Jewish Law the righteous person met both of these obligations by fulfilling the two greatest commandments, love God and love your neighbor.

Blessed are those with an insatiable desire to do what is right toward God and others.

Defining starvation

Hungering for righteousness addresses necessity and desire. Kingdom people are desperately determined to make righteous living a priority and making the pursuit of righteousness a matter of life or death.

Getting what you want

When hungering and thirsting for the right thing, you experience deep-seated satisfaction. Jesus promises in Matthew 6:33,

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Pursuing godly desires

What kind of Jesus follower do you want to be? Are you satisfied by being a “C” Christian? What brings satisfaction, what is your deepest desire, what makes you fulfilled?

Living in the Kingdom includes being driven toward righteousness.

The challenge

Do not be satisfied with just a little bit of righteousness. Hunger for it and ask yourself how righteous you want to be when you stand before God and then realize, you already are…

Where do you find your greatest satisfaction? Share your comments below.

Following Jesus

“I wish I would have talked about Jesus more,” a colleague who has given 30 years to living and working overseas shared. He went on to explain what it means to follow Jesus. I will be taking the next couple of months to share his thoughts. I pray you will have a greater understanding of living in the Kingdom of God.

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View of Galilee from Mt of Beatitudes

Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” Romans 13:14 (NLT)

Playing the part of Jesus

Scripture instructs the church to be “clothed” with the presence of Jesus. Following Christ means consciously embracing Him in such a way that His character is manifested in all you do and say.

The spoken words of God

Some Bibles print the words of Jesus in red, giving them special emphasis. Most people do not hear the audible voice of God. By reading the words spoken by Jesus is a person reading the audible voice of God? Regardless, His recorded words are very special.

The most important words

Recognizing the words of Jesus being of great value, is there a ranking order in which some of His words are more important?

The Sermon on the Mount

After asking twelve disciples to follow Him, Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. This was His inaugural address, His opening speech in ministry.

How do we know it’s important?

Jesus sat when He gave the sermon. It was an ancient tradition to be seated when saying something of great importance. “Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.” Matthew 5:1

Matthew also states, “He opened His mouth and began to teach them” (v. 2). The phrase, “he opened his mouth” means Jesus was speaking from His heart, the words carried great significance. The original word translated “began” teaching meant this was an ongoing message, something repeated at other locations. The sermon was the base of his message and ministry.

The message theme

The theme of the message is righteousness:

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:33).

Defining righteousness

Righteousness is giving both to God and man their due. When man is giving God His due, the Bible translates the word as righteousness. When God is giving man his due, the Bible translates the word as justice. The link between righteousness and justice is loving God and man.

What foundation are you building on?

At the end of Jesus’ message, He refers to two foundations. One house is built on a rock and another on sand. Life is like building a house and storms must be considered. Knowing storms will come, on what foundation are you building your life? Is your life able to weather storms? Are you building on principles defined by Jesus or upon worldly desires? The foundation determines what happens when a storm comes.

The challenge

Clothe yourself in the righteousness of Christ and build your life on His solid foundation. Live loving God and loving others.

What kind of foundation are you building your life on? How can you display love for God and love for your neighbor? Share your comments below.