Welcome to On The Mountainside – chapter 1 of Thoughts From The Mount Of Blessing ebook
- What was peoples’ popular conception of the Messiah and His work at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry?
- How did Jesus announce Himself as the Messiah – the One who should cleanse the soul from the defilement of sin and make His people a holy temple unto the Lord.
- What had still His disciples believed when He was proclaiming that The kingdom of heaven is at hand;
The Jews looked for the coming One, not as a Savior from sin, but as a great prince who should bring all nations under the supremacy of the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Though Christ’s disciples could not comprehend His movements, they responded to His love. Moreover, slow of heart to believe, Jesus saw in them those whom He could train and discipline for His great work.
Then they went to the seaside, where in the early morning a great multitude had already begun to assemble. Jesus led them back to the mountainside where all could hear His voice.
All gathered there:
- scribes and Pharisees
- poor peasants and fishermen
were thrilled with the proud hope that Israel was soon to be honored before the nations as the chosen of the Lord, and Jerusalem exalted as the head of a universal kingdom.
Christ disappointed the hope of worldly greatness
He gave a right conception of His kingdom and of His own character. He told His listeners the conditions of entrance into the kingdom of God, leaving them to draw their own conclusions as to its nature.
The truths Jesus thought are important to us today as they were to the multitude that followed Him. We no less than they need to learn the foundation principles of the kingdom of God.
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His hand is stretched out still. Why wait longer?
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