“Don’t you think it’s interesting that the greatest sermon Jesus ever preached there’s no mention of the cross? Jesus had the purpose in mind on the Sermon on the Mount to prepare men and women to receive what he would do on the cross and to prepare them by ruining their confidence in their own good works.
We are supposed to come to verse 48, to that statement, ‘you shall be perfect just as your Father in heaven is perfect’ and say “I can’t do that!’
So, what do we do? We look to the cross… Jesus says I did [lived perfectly] and if you put your trust in me I will give you the gift of my righteousness in your life. My righteousness will be yours.
We are supposed to regard it like this; ‘I thought I was a pretty good person until I heard Jesus really explain the law of God in the Sermon on the Mount. Now I know I really need a Savior.’ ” -David Guzick
What does Jesus’ finished work at the cross mean for me?
It means that I have a constant fellowship with God because of the work of Christ. Because Christ experienced the wrath of God then I will never have to. God loves me so much that He saved me right in the middle of me dancing in my sins. He also loves me so much that He didnt leave me there. He brought sorrow to my sins so now I dance with Him in righteousness! I still sin but my heart is not for sin. It is for Him. And because my heart is for Him then my sin is washed away by the blood of Christ who saved me and took that wrath! So that I may have an unbroken relationship with my Father and I will NEVER be plucked from His hand!
Are you dancing in your sin today but feeling that pull for something different? Christ is calling.
Take one step in His direction. Let that current of His love sweep you away to a better life in an understanding of what He has done, who He is, and what He is still doing today.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 Peter 2:24-2 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe.