Today we reach the grand finale of the Sermon on the Mount, so a bit of a recap is in order. With the beatitudes Jesus challenged the value measurement system of health, wealth, happiness, and prosperity by saying God blesses the humble, meek, hungry, mourning and persecuted. He then tells his disciples that living according to God’s values will light up the darkness and prevent the decay of relationships. Jesus then teaches his disciples how to live faith filled lives that point to God rather than our flawed understanding of personal holiness. Jesus continued by teaching that God’s kingdom and his way of being and doing what is right is our top priority, even eclipsing the basic needs that everyone is trying to meet. We have enough right now to live out God’s calling. Jesus teaches how to recognize those whose priorities are self-aggrandizing and that even though they sound like they are right, the way they interact brings harm rather than restoration. Jesus then concludes his sermon with a warning and parable.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
- In the name of God.
- Says vs. does, “sound theology” The pretext of the text is a context of obedience.
- Saying the right words and doing big things does not equal faithfulness.
- Windstorm Inspections and the importance of knowing the foundation is firm.
- The test of faithfulness is obedience to the teaching of Christ both past and present. Friends of Jesus. Vine and Branches “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:12-15
- When our teaching and actions point to deeper, more loving, relationships with God and others we speak and act with the authority that comes from following God’s, and not our own, priorities.