My Lord! What a Vista!

Author: 
Rev. Aaron J. White
Date: 
Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 10:30am

     Both John the Baptist and Jesus proclaimed a message of repentance, because "the kingdom of heaven has come near." (Matt 3:2; 4:17) Not long after calling his first disciples, Jesus led them up the mountain, in order to teach them about what to expect when God's reign over the earth is complete. In his vision of the kingdom of heaven, Jesus describes a coming time when God will exalt the humble, comfort the aggrieved, and give sanctuary to the oppressed.

     But why does Jesus show us this new way of seeing the world, which God is brining into being? Our Teacher offers this first instruction to his disciples, so that we might not only witness the coming of God's kingdom, but so that we might share in Christ's mission to prepare the world for his everlasting reign. Having heard how God will bless people, we are also empowered to offer these blessings in the name of the Lord!

Scriptures:

     Matthew 5:1-12

     1 Corinthians 1:18-31