Sun, Feb 04, 2018

The Good News of the Kingdom

In today’s passage we will explore the context and background of the Sermon on the Mount.
Duration:51 mins 1 sec

The Good News of the Kingdom

Matthew 4: 23-25

Today we begin a new sermon series that will take us through The Sermon on the Mount.  In Matthew 5,6 and 7 we find the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest Preacher who ever lived – Jesus.  And the Sermon on the Mount is good news! 

Over the ages there are many who have read, interpreted and preached this passage who would disagree that the Sermon is good news.  Some would say it’s just an expansion of the Old Testament Law – the Law intensified.  That is not good news.   Some have used the Sermon as the basis for a social gospel – a blueprint for bringing about God’s kingdom through good works and social change.  This is not what Jesus teaches in the Sermon.  Some have said the sermon does not apply to the church today, but only to the Jews of Jesus’s day.  This is an incorrect interpretation.  Some say the only purpose of the Sermon is to crush us under the weight of its requirements and drive us to Christ.   Understanding the Sermon on the Mount will certainly do this – but the message Jesus proclaims is also one of hope and promise and purpose and a Spirit-empowered, God-pleasing lifestyle. 

In today’s passage we will explore the context and background of the Sermon on the Mount.  The last word we see in the Old Testament – the Old Covenant -  is the word “curse” (destruction in ESV) (Malachi 4:5).  The first word out of Jesus’s mouth in the Sermon on the Mount is “blessed”.  Indeed, this is good news, the good news of the Kingdom!

The good news of God’s Kingdom is not new – the Old Testament promised it.

The good news of God’s kingdom was heard in Jesus’s teaching.

The good news of God’s kingdom was seen in Jesus’s ministry.

The good news of God’s kingdom is present now – and a promise for tomorrow.

The good news of God’s kingdom is demonstrated in the lives of God’s people  -

this is what we will learn in the Sermon on the Mount.

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