MATTHEW 7:28_when Jesus had ended these sayings…
What has come to pass at this time is Jesus has ended His sermon. God gathered exactly who He wanted to hear this sermon—just as He gathers exactly who He wants to read this blog. You are not reading these devotionals by some kind of random happenstance—it is a divine encounter planned and orchestrated by God.
God has a spiritual encounter for you from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.
Even those who came with wrong motives were a part of God’s gathering. He had a message for them.
Mark 2:16-17(KJV), “And when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him [Jesus] eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, ‘How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?’ 17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, ‘They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.’”
As religious leaders the Scribes and Pharisees should have had love and concern for the publicans and sinners. Yet they condemned Jesus for ministering to them.
Jesus’ interest in sinners is to set them free.
Lord Jesus, I hear Your words and know You want me to live free. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ taught me to live free—He will help me live it!