The King’s Expectations      Matt. 5:1-16     Jan. 03, 2016

 

Introduction

I have heard several times that this collection of teachings by Jesus is one of the best ever arranged by anyone.   That thought certainly makes a great introduction for a lesson titled, The Kings Expectations.

 

1.    Jesus . . Sat Down as He Gave His Expectations.   5:1-2

A.    Jesus . . Delivered His Message sitting down.   5:1

When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.

 

B.    Jesus’ . . Disciples Gathered to Hear Him Teach.   5:2

2 Then He began to teach them, saying:

 

In Jesus’ day it was proper for a Rabbi to sit down as he taught.  Have you noticed how many preachers are sitting down as they deliver their messages today?  It is really not so unusual.  Charles Stanley does it with some regularity.  Jesus did it before He started teaching this message we call, “The Sermon on the Mount”.  The setting of this place where Jesus began and finished His teaching is a beautiful place for a great crowd of people. Jesus must have had a good speaking voice. This message is for all of us a detailed revelation of the righteousness of God, and its principles are applicable today.

 

2.    Jesus’ . . Sermon on the Mount Includes His Great Expectations.   5:3-12

A.    This Sermon . . Describes the Attitude of the Disciples of Jesus.   5:3-5

3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

4 Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.

5 Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.

 

B.    This Sermon . . Describes the Attitude of the Disciples of Jesus.    5:6-8

6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy. -

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.

 

C.    This Sermon . . Describes additional Attitudes of the Disciples of Jesus.    5:9-12

9 Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

11 "Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.  12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

To be poor in spirit means to be humble not haughty.  It is the spirit of one willing to repent and submit to Jesus.   To mourn

means to be sorry for sin and willing to repent.  Some churches still have a “mourners bench” today.  The word gentle refers to one who willingly and submissively comes to Jesus and receive an inheritance. If you walk around the down town  of the city you will not see many hungering and thirsting for righteousness.  But how about our churches?  Do we need to work on hungering and thirsting after those qualities.  This is the opposite of the self‑righteousness of the Pharisees. It speaks of God's righteousness. Christians need to be people who show mercy; it needs to be part of our lifestyle.   The poor in spirit rather than one who is haughty.  Salvation is possible for a person who is pure in heart like that.  These are the people who become peacemakers. They are the sons of God.  Those persecuted for their righteousness will be eternally rewarded.  Christians will suffer for the sake of Christ but they have a biblical example to follow.

 

 

3.    Jesus’ . . Statements about Character Include Expectations of Jesus.    5:13-16

A.    These Supportive Statements . . Sustain the Expectations of Jesus.   5:13-14

13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It's no longer

good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.

14 "You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.

 

 

A.    These Supportive Statements . . Show the Expectations of Jesus.   5:13-14

15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lamp stand, and it gives light for all who

are in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to

your Father in heaven.   HCSB

 

Salt is a substance that flavors and sustains.  Many people prefer salt on their food for taste and also uses of preservation.   Light can enable one to see and Christians are to be the light of the world.  Light helps one to see

the effects of righteous living.  I just started putting salt on mashed potatoes about 20 years ago.  What a difference!  When we see Christians who really demonstrate these qualities it makes a big difference also and Christ wants that to been seen regularly.   We are to let people see our good works but give the glory to God.   This gives an example to The King=s Expectations.  Amen?  Amen!