Touché May 6, 2016
Posted on May 6, 2016 by under Touché,

The Final Authority

“…because he taught as one who had authority”  (Matthew 7:29)

It’s the last temptation, the last account
The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount
The last radio is playing
(Bob Dylan-Shooting Star)

It’s the last time you will hear the Sermon on the Mount in this series. We began with “blessed are the poor in spirit” in September at our kick-off Sunday and close with the final exclamation mark this Sunday in May: “Jesus spoke with authority not like their teachers of the law.” That is quite a closing and not a castoff line for Matthew.  If Jesus is just another guru that has some good words of guidance that can be some help in our life we can pick and choose what works for us in our lives, but if he speaks with the authority of the son of God, raised from the dead, than we must take this message in and build our actions around its teaching and our lives around him.

I have been amazed, as we have landed on each verse of this sermon through this year, at the power and the challenge that it has been for my life.  From the upside down understanding of the beatitudes, a new relationship to the law, loving our enemies, looking at judgment in a new light, to prayer, relationship to money and relationship to neighbor, Jesus has given me enough to work on for the rest of my life.

G.K. Chesterton said:”It’s not that Christianity has been tried and found wanting, it’s that it has never been tried.”  I certainly understand that statement after preaching through this for a year, but finally it does come down to trusting the authority of the one who spoke these words.  He is giving us words of life that come from the promise of grace.  If we place our lives in his hands and trust him for our salvation then the freedom of living in the light that he gives is an invitation to fullness. We live this sermon not because we have to, but because we may. It moves us from duty to delight.

God so loved the world that he gave his Son. His Son gave us this message so that we might have eternal life.  The life of the mount lived now and forever.  Let’s give that a try.

In Him,