About the Climb

Matthew 5:1-2 reads, “When [Jesus] saw the crowds, he went up into a mountain; and his disciples joined him after he sat down.  Then he opened up his mouth, and taught them, saying . . .”

At first the climb seems easy.  The path is level as it winds through the trees.  You may not even know that you’re on your way up.  Then the pitch becomes steeper and sharp.  The ground is now rock instead of dirt.  The trees, like your breath, seem short.  You feel your heart beating as the once simple task of walking is labor.  Putting one foot in front of the other takes energy but you want to do it.  You want to hear the Master speak.  You want to learn from the Word of God as he “opens his mouth”.

Jesus speaks a message to his disciples up on a mountain.  It is a sermon like no other.  Each word demands more than the steps it took to make it to the top.  He challenges his audience to live a life worthy of God’s love.  And the sermon is the same today.  The Sermon on the Mount is not easy to understand.  It is even harder to obey.  Perhaps this explains why Jesus goes up that mountain.  He calls his followers to travel a difficult path.

This blog is a way to challenge myself.  I walk up the mountain with Jesus and sit down when the Master sits.  I put myself into the sermon.  There are 107 verses in this famous discourse.  My goal is to take each one and make it a stepping stone for my faith journey.  Will you join me?

A note: all translations are my own.

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by thedcyple on October 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Glad to run across your site, left refreshed. Will be back

    Reply

  2. I WILL JOIN YOU! I’M CLIMBING MY OWN MOUNTAIN AND IT IS TURBULENT BUT I KEEP MOVING FORWARD TOWARDS MY GOAL. THE RACE IS NOT GIVEN TO THE FAST OR THE SWIFT BUT TO THOSE WHO ENDURE TO THE END!

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