Thursday, November 24, 2011
Living In Light of the Kingdom - Part Ten
The end result of the Sermon on the Mount was amazement. Those who heard it were amazed at Jesus’ authority because He taught as one who had authority and not as their teachers of the law (7:28–29). If we live according to the teaching of Jesus—which is another way of saying, if our living is kingdom living—people will continue to be amazed. In many ways there is no more pressing need today. The world is looking for the church to practice what it preaches. They do not care about many of the things that we think are so important, but they will still be amazed by the sweet and awesome power of the kingdom of God when that kingdom is lived out in the lives of God’s people.
In this regard, we must remember that it is not enough to merely resolve to live better or differently in light of the Sermon on the Mount. If we are to have a righteousness that surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, we must follow the Preacher of the sermon to the cross where He died in order to secure this kind of life. Not only that, but we must walk in the light of His resurrection from the dead and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which makes it possible for us live to the honour and glory of God until we see Jesus face to face.