Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying… (Matthew 5:1-2, ESV)
He is like no other person in this universe, or any other universe for that matter. He is eternal (John 1:1-2), he entered time and space to seek the lost (John 1:14; Luke 19:10), sacrificially died, and victoriously rose again. Today he is alive and able to speak to you and me just as he did to the disciples two millennia ago.
I have heard the whisper of his voice from the smallest subatomic particle to the farthest galaxy (Job 26:14; Psalm 19:1-4). He spoke through the soft care of my nurturing mother, and the courageous strength of my loving father (Acts 17:26-27). When I was fifteen, I felt his life-giving breath breathe new life into my dead spirit after hearing the gospel at camp (John 1:12). He said, “Come follow me,” and I did. I’ve never been the same, and never will be. He is my very life, my all in all.
I can relate to the disciples longing to hear his voice. In Matthew 5:1, we see multitudes attracted to this Revolutionary. They were thirsty for authenticity and hungry for truth. He not only believed what he taught, he was the embodiment of the teaching itself. So magnetic are his words, his followers eagerly gathered to savor another refreshing feast on this lush Galilean hillside (Psalm 23). After all, true disciples hang on every word of the Teacher.
The orators of this world promise much, yet are powerless to make good on their promises. Finally One is here that not only makes promises, he is faithful to deliver them (2 Corinthians 1:20). He alone is trustworthy and true.
Whose voice will inspire you today? There is One whose words bring life; his name is Jesus. He is where our journey begins.
Follow along as we walk through Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7.