Sermon on the Mount

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The Sermon on the Mount is the common name given to a sermon delivered by Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew 5-7. The sermon more clearly articulates his most significant moral teachings and duties than anywhere else in the bible. Many Christians consider the Sermon on the Mount to be one of the greatest messages ever delivered to mankind. Many of Jesus' most iconic sayings appear in this sermon such as: "turn the other cheek", and the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Perhaps the most quoted part of the Sermon on the Mount are the Beatitudes which list those who are blessed, including the poor, the meek, and the children. The Sermon on the Mount, according to Matthew, then goes on to introduce the Lord's Prayer.

Many Christians consider the Sermon on the Mount to be compelling evidence for the divinity of Christ. As the sermon contains moral and ethical teachings that transcended human thought of the time.

The Gospel of Luke contains a similar, yet abbreviated, version of the Sermon on the Mount commonly known as the Sermon on the Plain.

History

The Sermon on the Mount was delivered during the early days of the Christ's ministry. After being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus took to preaching in the streets of Galilee. Soon large crowds gathered, eager to hear his teachings. One day, after looking out at the multitudes that had gathered, Jesus goes up into the mountains where he is followed by his disciples. There, surrounded by his disciples, Jesus delivers his sermon.

Christian Counter-culture

The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. There is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, lifestyle and network of relationships -- all of which are totally at variance with those in the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule. The followers of Jesus are different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious.[1]

References

  1. John R.W. Stott (1985). The Message of the Sermon on the Mount. Leicester, England: InterVarsity Press, 219. ISBN 978-0877842965. 

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