One crisp spring morning, Jesus walked up a hill near Capernaum. This particular morning, He called twelve men from the crowd to be by His side—His disciples. With these men around Him, He spoke to the crowd, using words that had never been uttered in the history of the earth.
Jesus described what it is to be His disciple, which is to be like Him. For a disciple, the ethics of Mosaic Law were taken to the heights of heaven—where angels bow, and God reigns supreme. Nothing but the very ethics of God would do for a disciple of Christ.
Pastor Joe Sugrue investigates Matthew 5:1–7:29, with inspiration from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book The Cost of Discipleship. Jesus’s call to discipleship is not for the faint of heart—but since it is a call to all believers, no child of God is to be faint of heart.