The church today is confused about when remarriage is permissible, because the church is confused about divorce, because the church is confused about marriage, because the church is confused about love. In this sermon, we try to unpack Jesus' words on divorce and remarriage, by getting to some foundations of love and marriage.
The life of Faith is the real relationship that we have with God through Christ that enables us to overcome sin, endure suffering for the sake of the Gospel and please the Father. It is the power of Christ in us that gives us the ability to do these things and to finish well to achieve the eternal hope in the end.
Jesus, like in speaking about murder, speaks about the commandment against adultery as more than the external act, but the internal motivation at the root of the act. Anger leads to murder. Lust leads to adultery. Jesus taught the consequences of being controlled by our desires is eternally consequential. Any desire, apart from love of God and others will lead us astray.
Jesus fulfilled the law, not just by living it out, but by declaring it's full meaning. Jesus declared that the prohibition against murder was meant to go far deeper than just physical behaviour, but into our very attitudes. By not dwelling on anger, we would not be led to hurt anyone in anger, physically or otherwise. Reconciliation, not anger, Jesus declared to be the proper posture of His people in our broken relationships.
In Jesus' conversation with some of his opponents, Jesus outlines four characteristics of those in spiritual bondage. The first being, people in spiritual bondage often don't see they actually are in bondage. How do we help ourselves stay free of bondage and even more, help others out as well. Listen to Dr. Roy's message from John's gospel.
These verses are not just a key to understanding how to read Jesus' whole sermon, but actually are the key for how we are to read the whole of the Old Testament. Jesus claimed to be the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets. What lessons can this give us in how to read the Bible so we hear Jesus?
Jesus' call for His followers to be salt and light is not a call to just be an influence, but to have an impact. Followers of Jesus are to have an impact on those around them because King Jesus is present within every follower of His. To be an impact we need to remember who we are in Christ.
The opening statements of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount are about the type of people Jesus taught were blessed by God. The kind of people who were and would experience in fuller measure God's favour. The striking thing was then, and still is today, the kind of people Jesus said were blessed. They were all the wrong people... What does this mean for us today?
In Matthew 5-7 we find Matthew's summary of the core of Jesus' teaching. This was not just a collection of spiritual ideas, but Jesus' vision and proclamation of what the Kingdom of God was like and who it was for. Jesus had a clear vision as well of how His followers were to respond to His teaching... to put it into practice.