Monday, September 19, 2005

The Lordship of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of the Kingdom

Jesus ends His great sermon on discipleship, the Sermon on the Mount, with the parable of the wise man and the fool. In Jesus’ parable, both the wise man and the fool hear the teachings of the Sermon. The only difference between the wise man and the fool is that the wise man put these commandments into practice. The blessed and the happy man is the one who not only hears the good news of the kingdom but takes action to put the spiritual principles of Jesus into practice and through these principles enters the kingdom.

The rock solid foundation upon which the wise man builds his house is the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. These principles become the foundational principles that guide and define his wisdom.

Do you know any Christians who are not “blessed” or happy? Well, I have the answer!! The Sermon on the Mount. Learn and practice these principles. Another way to say this is simply this: “Is Jesus Christ your Lord?”

All Christians that I know answer this question, “yes”, but few discipline there lives according to the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. How can we say Jesus is our Lord if His rules are not our rule of life? Jesus’ words teach us how to live in the power of the spirit and how to keep our hearts filled with the love of God. He is our Lord and our Savior. So I ask, “Is the core of your wisdom the knowledge of what it means to “turn the other cheek” or “to judge not” or “to forgive”? Do we understand the meaning of being “poor in spirit” or “meek”? If we do not and if this isn’t our magnificent obsession, then what do we mean when we claim Jesus as our Lord? The phrase Jesus is Lord is without meaningful and liberating content if His words are not our life.

A few months back I spoke of the divorce rate in the church. Can a person who lives under the spiritual principles of Jesus and the grace of God argue with his spouse? Have we learned the way of peace?

My friends, “The kingdom of heaven is within reach. Repent and believe the good news”. Change the principles that are the foundation of your life. Take His yoke upon you and learn of Him and you will learn blessedness. His ways are the ways of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

If you are not living in this heavenly experience, there is an answer. There is a solution. The words of Jesus Christ are your map. Prayer and His power are your compass. With these two means in hand and in your heart, let Jesus Christ the risen Lord lead you down the narrow path into the blessed life of the Kingdom of heaven.

God Bless,

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