Summary: Love Your Enemies! (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• THREE MISTAKES THE JEWISH LEADERS MADE;
• Mistake #1: They qualified God’s law.
• Mistake #2: They omitted God’s law.
• Mistake #3: They added to God’s law.
• THREE TRUTHS THAT JESUS EMPHASISED:
• Fact #1: Love is a command.
• Fact #2: Love is shown by action.
• Fact #3: Love comes from God.
• A reporter was interviewing an old man on his 100th birthday and asked him:
• "What are you most proud of?"
• The old man thought for a moment and replied;
• "Well, I don't have an enemy in the world."
• "What a beautiful thought! How inspirational!" said the reporter.
• "Yep," added the centenarian, "outlived every last one of them."
Quote: Oscar Wilde:
“Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.”
I have been asked to speak this morning on a few verses from The Sermon on the Mount:
• This sermon is a collection of sayings and teachings of Jesus,
• Which emphasizes his moral teaching.
• It is one of the most widely quoted elements of the four Gospels;
• It includes some of the best known teachings of Jesus,
• Such as the Beatitudes, and the widely recited Lord's Prayer.
• Now not a lot of people know this;
• But Mahatma Gandhi read from the Sermon on the Mount twice every day;
• For over 40 years of his life -- and he was not even a Christian!
• He considered this passage of the Bible;
• The greatest writings on nonviolence in the history of the world.
• And since he wanted to become a person of nonviolence,
• He treated these teachings as a basic primer, as the catechism of nonviolence.
• The Sermon on the Mount is revolutionary stuff;
• So different to anything else in literature or philosophy.
The context of our verses (this morning) relates to Jesus dealing with the Old Testament law:
• Now Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it.
• Perhaps an illustration makes it clearer.
• i.e. An acorn can be destroyed by placing it on a rock and hitting it with a hammer!
• That is one way to destroy it.
• i.e. Or an acorn can be placed in the ground;
• And left to fulfil itself by becoming an oak tree
• In a similar way Jesus did not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it.
• And in doing so he revealed the true message of the law;
• What we might call the heart of the law.
• So in these verses we get behind the letter of the law;
• And we see the true meaning, the heart and spirit of the law.
• At the time of Jesus the law had been corrupted in its interpretation;
• The religious leaders had interpreted over the years;
• But their explanations had become twisted to fit their mown ideas.
• And inn his sermon Jesus deals with some of those important misinterpretations ;
• Just scan the chapter and you will see:
• i.e. Verses 21-26: On the subject of murder: