Last week we opened a brand new series taking a closer look at one of Jesus’ most well known teachings, often referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. In this series we are taking a closer look at some of the topics that Jesus taught about that day on the mountain in northern Israel. Let’s remember that the sermon occurred up on the mountain, and in Jesus’ time they didn’t have cars or trucks, his followers were on foot. Climbing that mountain was likely no easy task but the reward for reaching the summit was an intimate experience with the Son of God. Jesus taught love, grace and hope in the midst of condemnation and judgement. Jesus was consistent with His mission, “… He was sent into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world.”

In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus addressed perhaps the most controversial topic that surrounded His ministry. Why was Jesus here, and what was His relationship to what we have now come to know as the Old Testament. The religious leaders of the day, including the Pharisees were experts of Jewish law and tradition. They considered Jesus as a rival to their system, and failed to realize that Jesus was the fulfillment of their faith. The reason they missed Jesus is because Jesus wasn’t anything like what they were expecting. They wanted a king, a leader who would conquer their enemies and elevate the nation of Israel to world domination. Jesus saw things from a completely different perspective, a heavenly perspective, while the greatest religious leaders failed to do so. They were thinking worldly.

Are your priorities on worldly things or heavenly things?

It’s easy to get frustrated by the things that are going on around you. It’s easy to develop a hatred for your enemies. It’s easy to fall into depression because your plans aren’t working out, It is easy to give up on your goals and lose hope. I want to challenge your thinking here though, and just ask a simple question.

Are your worldly thoughts, overshadowing a heavenly viewpoint?

In order to answer this question, you’ve got to make sure that you understand what a heavenly point of view is. Its the understanding that Paul is referring to in Romans 8:28, that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” This passage does not mean that only good things happen to those who believe in Him. It means that the things that happen on this earth, happen for a reason, and it should make us closer to God. Let’s take a look at Romans 8:18 for a better context.

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Paul isn’t saying that your present suffering isn’t legitimate, he’s saying that the future glory far outweighs that suffering!

He’s also saying that our present suffering is temporary, but God’s glory is eternal!

We could spend the rest of this message dissecting Romans 8, in a nutshell, Paul is teaching us that God’s redemptive plan is Jesus returning for His children, you and I, and the things th