We begin a new week. This week we begin a new season. And this season we begin a new chapter in The Great Story. As Ash Wednesday begins Lent day after tomorrow we have closed the Book of Genesis and our ORIGINS series and will pause before entering the land of Egypt with the Israelites before the Exodus. We will spend this next chapter during Lent turning our attention to the One who was God and was with God in the beginning . . . The Word. This “Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14). And this Word in Person even spoke words of His own. So, this week we begin to ask the question, “What if Jesus were preaching?” What would He say? What action would He call His audience to? How would He inspire us to see God, ourselves, and our world differently? Well, we can answer these questions. Because we have a sermon out of the mouth of Jesus Himself.
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. (Matthew 5:1-2)
I invite you to read through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount with us from today to Easter with the “Read Something Daily” plan available on this blog. If you are Reading the Whole Bible in 2015, you will be wrapping up the Pentateuch over the next couple weeks. The Pentateuch is the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Five Books of Moses, The Torah, or The Law. I invite you to journey through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount looking for the parallels between the Kingdom of God Jesus describes and the stories and laws given to the people of God in the beginning.
This Lent, let Jesus be our Preacher and Teacher. Let Him guide us to the Cross of Calvary and the empty tomb as He describes for us and lives the example of laying down our lives for others while experiencing newness and Resurrection.
I’ll be posting here throughout each week as we reflect on just a verse or few from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and how it might feed our souls today. See you tomorrow!