Sermon by Kenny Foster, Senior Pastor, from Psalm 15 & Matthew 5:1-12
There was an old television commercial about an investment firm whose tag line was, “When E.F. Hutton speaks, everyone listens.” Well, E.F. Hutton is gone and no one can hear him now. But Jesus Christ, in the Sermon on the Mount, opened his mouth and taught his disciples, and people have been listening ever since. Jesus opened his mouth and taught his followers things that the world and its leaders couldn’t provide. He taught things that were out of this world, i.e. things of the kingdom of heaven. This sermon will remind us how living in this world requires help from another. The ancient world and the present world looked for help from outside of this world. Help has come, bringing blessings of other worldly riches, an alien righteousness, mercy, purity, peacemaking sonship, and joyful suffering. Does this sound otherworldly to you? Jesus opens his mouth to speak to his people who are in the world, to change the world, as he brings worlds together. Earth and heaven are brought together in Jesus Christ. For this reason what he said was unlike anything they had ever heard. When he opened his mouth and had finished his sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching. And so should we.