As the Sermon comes to a close, the people who heard it were impressed with the authority with which Jesus taught. He didn’t leave the Torah behind, but he went in new directions, some of them startling. Wouldn’t it have been a thrill to hear Jesus preach in person?
To finish the Sermon, Jesus reminds his disciples that more is involved than listening, nodding the head, and saying, “Amen”. The Sermon is to be put into practice. To hear and not do is the height of foolishness. Better to have never heard.
To do is to walk the narrow road. It isn’t an easy walk and it is often lonely. But it is the only wise choice.
I intend to continue building on the teaching of Jesus.