Sermon on the Mount

Did you know....

that religious people today, pastors for example, teach people by giving sermons? A sermon is a talk about a moral or religious subject. 

This is the story about a famous sermon given by Jesus. 

Jesus showed by example how people were supposed to serve God, but He knew that part of His role was to teach others how to serve. Sometimes He spoke to one person at a time, other times he taught groups of people.

One day, Jesus saw that a lot of people had come to listen to Him. So that people could hear Him better, He went up onto the side of a mountain. This way everyone could see and hear Him. Jesus sat down, His followers gathered around, and Jesus started teaching.

During this sermon, Jesus taught the people many, many things. Many people who study the bible consider this sermon to be the greatest of all time!

Jesus sermon

Jesus taught the people about blessings, the law and the prophets, and to love your enemy. Everything Jesus taught the people was about how to obey God and change their hearts so that they lived God’s way as good people. Jesus told them that it was important to obey God from the heart. It is not enough to obey God on the outside just so that other people can see. We have to really mean it. True change comes from within when we follow the words of Jesus. Jesus stressed that it’s not enough to just listen to God’s words, it’s about doing something – changing our hearts, and being kind and helping others.

The first part of Jesus teaching were the blessings called Beatitudes. You can learn more about those in the next story.

Jesus said, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be the children of your Father in heaven.” Jesus asked the people to think, “If you love those who love you, what reward do you deserve?”

Jesus taught the people to do good deeds, but not to do them to show off to others. If you do good deeds in secret, God sees you and will get your reward in heaven.

Sermon Mount

The Lord’s prayer

Jesus also taught the people how to pray.  He told the people not to show off with their praying, but to do so in private away from others. He told the people not to ask for silly things when they prayed, and told them to say this: 

pray

The Lord's Prayer 

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed by Thy name.
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive thoe who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

Meie Isa Palve

Meie Isa, kes Sa oled taevas!
Pühitsetud olgu Sinu nimi.
Sinu riik tulgu.
Sinu tahtmine sündigu
nagu taevas, nõnda ka maa peal.
Meie igapäevast leiba anna meile tänapäev.
Ja anna meile andeks meie võlad,
nagu meiegi andeks anname oma võlglastele.
Ja ära saada meid kiusatusse,
vaid päästa meid ära kurjast.
Sest Sinu päralt on riik ja vägi ja au igavesti.

Aamen.

Jesus taught the people about salt and light, the fulfillment of the law, murder, married life, giving to the needy, treasures in heaven, not to worry, judging others, and much more.

Jesus taught the people to forgive others. “If you do not forgive others their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.”

Jesus told them about treasure in heaven. He said to the people, “Do not collect for yourselves treasures on earth, but collect for yourselves treasures in heaven.” He said that no man could work for two masters – “You cannot work for both God and worldly wealth.”

Jesus told the people not to judge other people. He said, “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?”

The Golden Rule

In His sermon, Jesus taught something very important about how to treat other people. He said, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” This is an important rule to remember so people have started calling it the “Golden Rule”.

Jesus teaching

Jesus warned the people about false prophets saying, “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You shall know them by their fruits – every good tree brings forth good fruit, but a bad tree brings forth bad fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bring forth good fruit.”

good bad tree

Jesus said to the people that just by saying “Lord” they would not enter the kingdom of heaven. Only those that do what God says, will go. Whoever hears the teachings of God and does them, will go to heaven. It is like being wise and building your house on a rock that is strong and sturdy.  You will be safe living in a strong house like that. Your faith will not fall apart. A foolish man builds his house upon the sand, and his house will fall down.

When Jesus had ended His teaching, the people were amazed at His beliefs and all He knew.

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