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SUNDAY, APRIL 21
4th Sunday of Easter
A COSTLY
INTERRUPTION
The Sermon
on the Mount and
the Good News
of God’s Kingdom:
Part 2 - Blessed
The
Bible
Project
(same book, different cover)
The grand purpose of the Incarnation is
that God in Christ might join
the human race. Why was this
necessary? God joined the human
race that he might give humanity
a new start. God becomes human
in Christ that humanity might be
given a new Adam and a viable
alternative to the dead end
left to us in the old Adam.
God joined the human race in Christ
that he might not only command
the way from on high, but also that he
might live the way, be the way, show
the way—the way to be truly and fully
human. And Immanuel showed us the
way as one of us! This is what Jesus is
doing in the Sermon on the Mount, and
it is massively important.
The Sermon on the Mount,
then, is a comprehensive sketch
of the teaching and preaching message
of Jesus. In the context of Matthew’s
narrative, the Sermon is a presentation
of Jesus’ moral vision, his ethic.
You could say Matthew is saying
to his audience “Here’s Jesus, here’s his
message [5–7], here are his actions [8–
9]. You can decide.”
Second, the ending of
the Sermon on the Mount
provides a fundamental clue
on how to read the Sermon.
Jesus ends the Sermon by calling people
to do what he has taught.
The Beatitudes are not only
counterintuitive; they are also
subversive. Part of what the Beatitudes
accomplish is
to undermine the whole system
of basing happiness on lust and pride—
the mad pursuit of money,
sex, and power. The Beatitudes
challenge the basic value system
of the fallen world order.
As such the principalities
and powers will always view
the Beatitudes as a subversive
threat to their rule—because
they are! The Beatitudes
constitute the core of Jesus’s teaching.
The remainder of the Sermon on
the Mount is largely a commentary
on the Beatitudes.
The Beatitudes are basically
the exact opposite of what we
are told in 10,000 commercials.
The Beatitudes are so counter-intuitive
and so contrary to our concept of what
constitutes
a happy life that it would be
easy to dismiss them as nothing
more than naïve sentiment.
The only reason we give them credence
is that God has vindicated the teacher
of the Beatitudes
by raising him from the dead.
Easter is many things, but among
them Easter is God’s endorsement
of the Sermon on the Mount.
Jesus lived his own sermon
to the point of death, and God
vindicated the veracity of the
sermon by raising him from the dead!
Salvation, as Jesus and the apostles
taught it, is not a ticket to heaven
but the kingdom of God. What Jesus
tends to call the kingdom of God,
Paul tends to call salvation; but they are
both talking about the same thing.
Our participation in the kingdom
of God is our personal experience
of salvation. Though there is the
promise of being with the Lord
in heaven between our death…
…and resurrection, this is never
the emphasis. The emphasis is
on how human beings and human
society can be set right through
the coming of the kingdom of God.
What Jesus is doing in the Sermon
on the Mount is teaching us how
to live the kingdom of God.
Jesus is teaching us how
to live out our salvation.
ACTION ASSEMBLY
Sunday, April 28 // 3:00pm @ The Lied Center
Childcare provided!
Christ, as light, illumine and guide me; Christ, as shield,
overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me;
Christ beside me, on my left and on my right.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek,
but all powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom
I speak, and in the mouth of each who speaks unto me.
This day be within and without me, lowly and meek,
but all powerful. Christ as a light, Christ as a shield,
Christ beside me on my left and on my right. Amen.
CLOSING PRAYER

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A Costly Interruption: The Sermon On the Mount, pt. 2 - Blessed

  • 1. SUNDAY, APRIL 21 4th Sunday of Easter
  • 2. A COSTLY INTERRUPTION The Sermon on the Mount and the Good News of God’s Kingdom: Part 2 - Blessed
  • 5. The grand purpose of the Incarnation is that God in Christ might join the human race. Why was this necessary? God joined the human race that he might give humanity a new start. God becomes human in Christ that humanity might be given a new Adam and a viable alternative to the dead end left to us in the old Adam.
  • 6. God joined the human race in Christ that he might not only command the way from on high, but also that he might live the way, be the way, show the way—the way to be truly and fully human. And Immanuel showed us the way as one of us! This is what Jesus is doing in the Sermon on the Mount, and it is massively important.
  • 7. The Sermon on the Mount, then, is a comprehensive sketch of the teaching and preaching message of Jesus. In the context of Matthew’s narrative, the Sermon is a presentation of Jesus’ moral vision, his ethic. You could say Matthew is saying to his audience “Here’s Jesus, here’s his message [5–7], here are his actions [8– 9]. You can decide.”
  • 8. Second, the ending of the Sermon on the Mount provides a fundamental clue on how to read the Sermon. Jesus ends the Sermon by calling people to do what he has taught.
  • 9. The Beatitudes are not only counterintuitive; they are also subversive. Part of what the Beatitudes accomplish is to undermine the whole system of basing happiness on lust and pride— the mad pursuit of money, sex, and power. The Beatitudes challenge the basic value system of the fallen world order.
  • 10. As such the principalities and powers will always view the Beatitudes as a subversive threat to their rule—because they are! The Beatitudes constitute the core of Jesus’s teaching. The remainder of the Sermon on the Mount is largely a commentary on the Beatitudes.
  • 11. The Beatitudes are basically the exact opposite of what we are told in 10,000 commercials. The Beatitudes are so counter-intuitive and so contrary to our concept of what constitutes a happy life that it would be easy to dismiss them as nothing more than naïve sentiment.
  • 12. The only reason we give them credence is that God has vindicated the teacher of the Beatitudes by raising him from the dead. Easter is many things, but among them Easter is God’s endorsement of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus lived his own sermon to the point of death, and God vindicated the veracity of the sermon by raising him from the dead!
  • 13. Salvation, as Jesus and the apostles taught it, is not a ticket to heaven but the kingdom of God. What Jesus tends to call the kingdom of God, Paul tends to call salvation; but they are both talking about the same thing. Our participation in the kingdom of God is our personal experience of salvation. Though there is the promise of being with the Lord in heaven between our death…
  • 14. …and resurrection, this is never the emphasis. The emphasis is on how human beings and human society can be set right through the coming of the kingdom of God. What Jesus is doing in the Sermon on the Mount is teaching us how to live the kingdom of God. Jesus is teaching us how to live out our salvation.
  • 15. ACTION ASSEMBLY Sunday, April 28 // 3:00pm @ The Lied Center Childcare provided!
  • 16. Christ, as light, illumine and guide me; Christ, as shield, overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me, on my left and on my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, but all powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak, and in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, but all powerful. Christ as a light, Christ as a shield, Christ beside me on my left and on my right. Amen. CLOSING PRAYER