The King and His People (1 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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The King and His People (1 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:1-2

Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them (Matt. 5:1-2).

SERIES INTRODUCTION

Today we are beginning a new series called ''Kingdom Life.'' The text for this series is Matthew 5-7, a portion of Scripture commonly called the ''Sermon on the Mount.'' The sermon gives us the essence of Christianity. In other words, in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers how he wants them to live.

CAN YOU SEE THE DIFFERENCE?

There used to be an ABC laundry detergent commercial that asked the question ''Can you see the difference?'' According to the commercial, washing your clothes with ABC or Tide produces no visible difference.

Sadly, many people say they can't see a difference between Christians and everybody else.

WE SHOULD BE DIFFERENT

Matthew 4:17 says, ''From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'' The kingdom was ''at hand'' because the King was present. And Jesus declared that all who desire to enter God's kingdom must ''repent.'' To repent means to change one's mind. Those who enter the kingdom of God decide to make Jesus the King of their lives. And when Jesus is our King, we are expected to live a certain way.

The Sermon on the Mount is meant for all Christians. R. Kent Hughes writes that the Sermon on the Mount ''is the antidote to the pretense and sham that plagues Christianity.''

The Sermon on the Mount is the King's declaration that he expects his people to be DIF-FERENT.

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus is often compared to Moses. Jesus is a new and greater Moses. Moses went up a mountain to receive God's law for the Israelites. Obeying God's law would make the Israelites differ ...


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