Sermon on the Mount: Becoming Great
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Date: June 10, 2012 (9:30 am)
In this passage, Jesus makes it clear that He is not starting a new movement that is a radical break from what God had always been doing throughout the Old Testament. Rather than change the Old Testament standards, Jesus came to fulfill them.
If we read the Bible carefully, it is obvious that something changes when we move from the Old Testament to the New Testament. But we don’t want to fall prey to the impression that God in some way lowers His standards or somehow becomes more relaxed about the problem of sin. Jesus makes it clear that living in God’s presence has always demanded a high calling to follow God’s ways. The law of God in the Old Testament was beneficial in leading people nearer to God, and even though Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the law, the teaching of the Old Testament continues to help us grow closer to Him.