Matthew 5 – What If Our View of Reality Is All Wrong?

The Sermon on the Mount is a new way of seeing the world.

In Matthew 5 and following, Jesus takes on religion – another danger to the movement He was starting.

Jesus starts with blessed are the poor in heart – the ones who know they need God then Jesus calls us to an impossible standard and a call to be perfect which should lead us to become poor in heart and acknowledge we need God’s help to live this new Kingdom way of living.

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What if how we view the world is all wrong?

The Sermon on the Mount is a new way of seeing the world.

I come back to this often as it is inspiring and challenging. I memorized the entire sermon in college. You will come across lots of quotes that will sound familiar.

In Matthew 4, Jesus takes on the spiritual forces of darkness. In Matthew 5 and following, Jesus takes on religion – another danger to the movement He was starting.

Jesus starts with blessed are the poor in heart – the ones who know they need God then Jesus calls us to an impossible standard and a call to be perfect which should lead us to become poor in heart and acknowledge we need God’s help to live this new Kingdom way of living.

“The law says don’t murder, I say don’t have anger in your heart….”

This is impossible to pull off without God’s help!

Jesus’ sermon is not only personally transformative, but Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King., Jr applied what Jesus said to gain freedom for their people in what has become known as civil disobedience.

When Gandhi was asked what he thought would solve the problems between Great Britain and India, he picked up a Bible and opened it to the fifth chapter of Matthew and said:

“When your country and mine shall get together on the teachings laid down by Christ in this Sermon on the Mount, we shall have solved the problems not only of our countries but those of the whole world.”

– Gandhi

“The message of Jesus as I understand it, is contained in the Sermon on the Mount unadulterated and taken as a whole. If then I had to face only the Sermon on the Mount and my own interpretation of it, I should not hesitate to say, ‘Oh, yes, I am a Christian.’ But negatively I can tell you that in my humble opinion, what passes as Christianity is a negation of the Sermon on the Mount.”

– Gandhi

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