Jesus Dismantled Jewish Religion’s Status Quo

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount dismantled the status quo of the Jewishsermon on the mount religious leaders. Their religious status quo was based on a bunch of rules, works and good deeds. Jesus taught that only faith could define our destiny and that living outside our faith is foolish.

Their status quo taught that happiness was about accumulating personal possessions and wealth.
In the Beatitudes Jesus taught that blessings come from being poor in spirit.

Living by the status quo meant not showing negative emotions. Appearing as having it all together.
Jesus said those who mourn would be blessed. His idea of mourning was a deep sadness and grief directly related to a brokenness that leads to repentance. He taught without brokenness we can not be blessed. The religious status quo turned a blind eye to repentance.

The status quo of religion was about being right no matter what. Jesus taught a blessed life was about being righteous and holy. That the evidence of our holiness was in our gentle and caring acts of kindness to others.

As we read the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew we understand something. What Jesus was teaching in His day can apply to us today. The ones who will truly be blessed in our day are the ones who live diametrically opposed to the rules of performance-based religion.

This message was inspired by a message from Pastor Gearl Spicer at One Heart Church, Norcross, Georgia

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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2 Responses to Jesus Dismantled Jewish Religion’s Status Quo

  1. Paul also preached that the Law and Jewish traditions were no longer to be followed. But Jesus said he came to fulfill the law not end it. I never understood unless He meant He brought to a new and refined level.

    • Steven Sawyer says:

      Carl, thank you for your comment and question. As I understand Scripture, The law is perfect. ” The law of the LORD is perfect,” Psalm 19:7. When God gave Moses the 10 commandments, God knew, and we discovered, they are impossible for any human to keep. We all fall short of the glory of God. However, Jesus, being perfect, being God, was able to keep (fulfill) all the law. He could do nothing else. And we can’t, nor will we ever be able to, keep the law because we are not perfect. Hope this helps you. Thank you again.

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