The Foundation of a Glory-Filled Life

The Sermon on the Mount is Jesus’ first recorded discourse to the multitudes; as such, it signals the beginning of His public ministry. It’s no accident that God, who planned all this “before the foundations of the world”, had him begin this way, with this “sermon”, which is really more than just a sermon, but the very essence of Christianity itself. Some have called the Beatitudes (and rightfully so, in my judgment), the “essence of the essence”, or “the core of the core”, meaning that the Sermon is the essence of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the Beatitudes are the essence of that essence. The crux of the crux, if you please. And the Foundation of that core of the core is HUMILITY, the first Beatitude. Without Humility, the whole thing crumbles. So, Jesus begins with the thundering statement, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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