The Sermon on the Mount was Jesus’ first major sermon in which he outlined the nature of his kingdom. This sermon was, in some ways, like a major presidential speech with a large crowd that came to hear about “the Kingdom” that Jesus was talking about. The word “radical” is probably overused, but in this case it understates how shocking Jesus’ words must have seemed to his audience. “When Jesus finished speaking, the crowd was amazed” (Matthew 7:28). What was so amazing about this sermon? How would 21st century Christians react to a sermon like this?
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