Week 9: The sermons of Jesus

This Sunday Roy and Pat introduced the coming week’s Essential Jesus Bible readings on The Sermons of Jesus. I’ve listened to a thousand sermons in my lifetime, but to my shame I don’t remember or apply much of them.  The Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, the Seven Woes, boldly predicting the end of the religious establishment of His day, this week we’re going to listen to the words of the World’s Greatest Preacher!

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      1. Matthew Paul Turner is an American writer who published a book Relearning Jesus: How Reading the Beatitudes One More Time Changed My Faith. I haven’t read it but I’m buying it because on the day of writing this it is free as a Kindle download for a very limited time.
        Turner doesn’t try to break each beatitude into a million pieces or discuss their theological significance. He simply relates how he has tried to implement the beatitudes in his own life, and the affect is has had in his life. The result is a humbling work that makes you feel human and capable of living as a Christian. He relates personal stories of mercy, peace, and humility in his life, noting successes and failures.
        One of the most telling chapters Turner offers is The Heart Part, which is underlined by Matthew 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Throughout this section, he transparently discusses how essential it is to have a ‘right heart’ because otherwise everyone is simply running from something, trying to outrun, outwit and out-maneuver their next bout with falling into some sinful act that destroys their lives and the lives of those around them. Turner discusses how confession does a body (and soul) good — that and falling down before Jesus and depending 100% on him to protect and provide. He admits he’s falling down lots these days, but he wouldn’t have it any other way: ‘I don’t expect perfection anymore, but I do anticipate grace.’
        Each chapter is chock-a-block with personal and real-life anecdotes to help readers understand and see what Jesus really meant when He spoke these timeless words of truth. Then, Turner ties up the topics with a pertinent Pause and Reflect section for careful readers to study and consider and then apply.

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    1. vv 11, 12: People will insult you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things about you because you follow me. But when they do, you will be blessed. Rejoice and be glad, because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did the same evil things to the prophets who lived before you.

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  1. Matthew 7:15-18: Be careful of false prophets. They come to you looking gentle like sheep, but they are really dangerous like wolves. You will know these people by what they do. Grapes don’t come from thornbushes, and figs don’t come from thorny weeds. In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.

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  2. vv 28, 29: When Jesus finished saying these things, the people were amazed at his teaching, because he did not teach like their teachers of the law. He taught like a person who had authority.

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    1. From Essential Jesus Day 43, Jesus broke all the rules for effective communicators. The sermon on the Mount was much longer than the average attention span (15 minutes), delivered outside with no sound system and contained no jokes or funny stories. But Jesus amazed the crowds because he taught ‘like a person who had authority’ (v29). The Son of God was able to communicate the Word of God like no one else could.

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    1. In my early days in Ottery, I once preached a sermon on this Chapter, Matthew 23. I really cried as I preached it, Jesus was a ‘friend of sinners’, but he had strong words for hypocrites (the word is that of actors, people who put on an act, put their efforts into keeping up appearances) and people who get in the way of others seeking reality.

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    2. Matthew 23 v 23: How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You give to God one-tenth of everything you earn—even your mint, dill, and cumin. But you don’t obey the really important teachings of the law—justice, mercy, and being loyal. These are the things you should do, as well as those other things.

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      1. You should give God a tithe of your income, but you should also love justice, love mercy and faithfulness. ‘You should have practised the latter, without neglecting the former.’ (v23)

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      1. v24: You guide the people, but you are blind! You are like a person who picks a fly out of a drink and then swallows a camel.
        (You worry about the smallest things but commit the biggest sin.)

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    3. v25, 26: How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You wash the outside of your cups and dishes, but inside they are full of things you got by cheating others and by pleasing only yourselves. Pharisees, you are blind! First make the inside of the cup clean, and then the outside of the cup can be truly clean.

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    4. vv27, 28: “How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You are hypocrites! You are like tombs that are painted white. Outside, those tombs look fine, but inside, they are full of the bones of dead people and all kinds of unclean things. It is the same with you. People look at you and think you are good, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and evil.

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    1. Matthew 24 vv1, 2: As Jesus left the Temple and was walking away, his followers came up to show him the Temple’s buildings. Jesus asked, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, not one stone will be left on another. Every stone will be thrown down to the ground.”

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      1. From Essential Jesus Day 45, Jesus got into big trouble for his little sound bite about the Temple (Matthew 24 vv1, 2). It seemed as if he was planning a terrorist attack on the most revered structure in all of Judaism… Something like someone claiming the intention to blow up Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral all at once.

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      2. From Essential Jesus Day 45, But Jesus wasn’t really talking about a physical building, he was talking about His ‘body’ – the Church or, in other words, all those who would believe and follow Him (John 2:19-22). That’s what would replace the stone Temple, impressive though it was.

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      3. Jesus was predicting the Temple would eventually be destroyed (v2). He said He wouldn’t be the one to do it. As it turned out the Romans did it when they burned it to the ground in AD 70.

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      4. Jesus was predicting that His disciples were in for some tough times (vv 4-14). Jesus’ followers would be ‘persecuted… put to death… hated’. That’s exactly what happened soon after Jesus’ death and resurrection. His followers were persecuted first by the Jews and then by the Romans.

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      5. Jesus was predicting the end of the world (vv 15-51). This will be a time of great stress and worldwide tumult. But the followers of Jesus have nothing to fear because Jesus will one day return (v 44).

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