Seeing Life through the Lens of the Kingdom
Life can be challenging and the pressures of the world can twist us around and keep us from being the people we truly want to be. We may try to shape our character with good values, but find the world can pull us out of shape, confuse us and turn us upside down. This warped world view can be so pervasive that it seems normal, it’s just the way things are.
Jesus’ teaching - the Sermon on the Mount - challenges us to turn our worldview right side up. It enables us to see through the lens of the Kingdom of God and to come to a radically different view of life. The Sermon on the Mount was counter cultural in Jesus’ day and remains so in our day. It teaches us to pray, to love our enemies, and not to judge others. All of this gives us a glimpse into the heart of Jesus and into the heart he wants us to have. You cannot read Jesus’ teaching without being personally challenged. It confronts our values, priorities, morality and piety. We begin to see the type of radical life Jesus calls us to live. And we discover Jesus is not simply teaching about this life, but is willing to lead us into this life and so to help each of us to become better, more godly people.
The Sermon on the Mount has been called the jewel in the crown of Jesus’ teaching. As we look into Matthew’s Gospel we discover the greatest teaching from Jesus, the world’s greatest teacher.