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On the Way to the Cross - Part 7 - Christianity's Manifesto

The next thing that occurs is described best in Matthew 5:1. “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. “ What follows is one of the most well known passages in the entire Bible. The Lord’s inspiring “Sermon On The Mount” is a complete ‘outline’ of what might easily be called a true Christian “counter-culture.”

It presents us with a completely new value system - ethical standards, religious devotion, attitudes toward material things, and correct personal relationships (all in contrast to the world system). The Sermon on the Mount comes closer to being Christianity's manifesto than any other single portion of scripture. Matthew breaks a 400-year-long scriptural silence - between Malachi and the birth of Christ. We have no record that God sent any prophets during that period. But when God began speaking again, He spoke through His Son. Here, the King of the kingdom of heaven outlines the characteristics of those who are subjects of His kingdom. Jesus sits as He proclaims the laws of His Kingdom and His posture is better seen as symbolic of the King sitting on His throne and laying down the law to His subjects (rather than a prophet speaking).






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Chris Demetriou, 26/02/2012

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