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The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached
1. THE SIN OF ANGER JESUS DECLARED
A) The Act of Murder
B) The Attitude of Murder
2. THE STAGES TO ANGER JESUS DESCRIBED
A) A First Stage
B) A Further Stage
C) A Final Stage
3. THE SOLUTION FOR ANGER JESUS DEMANDED
A) Reconciliation Should Be Sought
B) Reconciliation Should Be Speedy
George Whitefield, the great British preacher from the 1700's, was known for his fiery style of preaching. His style was anything but the mild-mannered and passive style that characterized preaching at that time. As we would say, he let er' rip. The Sunday after he was ordained, he preached with such fervor that a complaint was made to the bishop that as a result of his sermon fifteen people had become insane.
I think of the Lord Jesus and His Sermon on the Mount. The people had never met anyone like Him and they certainly had never heard anyone like Him. As we continue looking at the Sermon on the Mount we move into a section where Jesus gets down to the nitty-gritty of things. You can be certain that what He said left many reeling and speechless.
Jesus didn't ease into this section, but dropped a bomb at the outset. In verse 20 He said, "For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Wow! You talk about dropping a bomb, this was the big one. If anyone thought of themselves as righteous, it was the Pharisees. They considered themselves the standard and example of the righteous. No one exceeded their righteousness.
However, Jesus looked at His disciples and the crowd gathered around Him and told them that unless their righteousness exceeded that of the Pharisees they were not living as citizens of a heavenly kingdom. Jesus was defining righteousness as an inward matter and not just an outward matter. The Pharisees gave the appearance t ...
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