You Have Heard It Was Said

You Have Heard It Was Said

It is hard to convince someone who is set on their ways.  When you grow up “knowing something”, it is hard when someone comes and challenges “what you know”.  Our knee jerk reaction is to defend ourselves.  Jesus challenged what people “knew” as true on his very first sermon.


Jesus came to save us from eternal death but also came to save us from ourselves.  Our natural tendencies tend to be contrary to God and his will for humanity.  We were created to live in harmony with each other but that harmony was disrupted by sin.  The last SIX commandments are rules to protect relationships.  There are more rules about our relationship with each other than about how we relate to God because God knew we needed them.

In his first sermon, Jesus outlines the new rules for his kingdom.  It is within this sermon that we find 5 “relationship rules” that he needed to set straight.  As a rabbi with supreme authority he challenges the status quo, what most believed and how it was applied…

YOU HAVE HEARD IT WAS SAID…

 


BUT I TELL YOU…

There is very little room to re-interpret what Jesus taught plainly.  Grace “ups” the standard to a level where we could only do it when we depend on Jesus.

But I tell you:
Value and respect others, women are not things to be used, marriage is sacred, respect God, be meek and gentle even when you are being wronged (See examples in Bible text:  slaps, sues, forces you, asks, borrows…), and love your enemies

Jesus who can live up to that standard?  I certainly can’t.  I want to slap, sue back, force back, and not go the extra mile.

Jesus showed us that radical dependance is the only way to leak the gospel when pressed.

When Jesus was pressed to the upmost while facing the cross Jesus lived by these very rules:

Jesus did not insult his enemies, women were prominent during this trial , he was faithful to his bride (the church), at the cross he called on his father “my God, my God”, He did not retaliate to his enemies and showed love instead (Forgive them for they don’t know what they do)

BUT I TELL YOU, is one of the most challenging phrases we find in the gospels.  Let’s depend on God so we can be able to honor God with the way we live.

We can show people by our words & actions
“You have seen it and heard it this way” “BUT I HAVE BEEN TOLD AND SHOWN BY THE ONE WHO LOVES ME THE MOST THAT THIS IS HOW IT IS DONE.”

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