If we want to follow Christ faithfully, we must be prepared to face animosity and persecution. Such hatred, Alistair Begg explains, shouldn’t be provoked by obnoxious behavior on our part, which rightfully causes people to recoil. Instead, it arises in response to our allegiance to Christ. The Beatitudes assure us that while some will see believers as “losers” according to the world’s values, Jesus promises us enduring joy.
20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25“Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26“Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
27“But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
Few passages from Scripture are as widely read—or as frequently misunderstood—as Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Over the centuries, believers and unbelievers alike have been stirred by Christ’s lessons on the Law of Love, the Golden Rule, forgiving one’s enemies, and bearing good fruit. But is the Sermon on the Mount really just a collection of inspiring moral teaching? Or does it offer us something even greater?
In this series on Luke 6, Alistair Begg invites us to revisit Jesus’ most famous sermon and see it for what it truly is: a “manifesto” for Christian living that points to our need for a Savior. Understood rightly, Jesus’ teaching would make even the most well-meaning, gracious person despair of his ability to fulfill God’s commands. Before we can embrace the radical, selfless lifestyle that Jesus preached, we must be reborn from the inside out—a transformation that can only be accomplished in us by Christ Himself.
|A Christian Manifesto, Part One||Luke 6:20-27|
|A Christian Manifesto, Part Two||Luke 6:20-27|
|The Law of Love||Luke 6:27-36|
|The Golden Rule||Luke 6:31-35|
|Measure for Measure, Part One||Luke 6:36-38|
|Measure for Measure, Part Two||Luke 6:36-38|
|Pictures That Tell a Story||Luke 6:39-45|
|Obedience: Evidence of a Strong Foundation||Luke 6:46-49|