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SERIES: Sermon on the Mount

TEXT: Matthew 5:17-24

MESSAGE: “Gospel Reconciliation”


TEXT: Matthew 5:17-24

As we look through today’s text, we see that Jesus is bringing us back to a right understanding of his Word, and that the gospel transforms not merely our actions, but also our hearts.

  • Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law.

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. (Matthew 5:17-18)

  • Jesus is the Protector of the Word.

19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 5:19-20)

  • Jesus is the Teacher of the Heart

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister, will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.  (Matthew 5:21-26)

TAKEAWAYS: What can we apply to our lives?

  • We should never stray from the gospel of Jesus.
  • Our attitude toward everyone should be like Jesus
  • We need to forgive others in our hearts as Jesus has done with us.