Jesus concludes his Sermon on the Mount by urging people to follow the only road to life. Using simple metaphors, the Master teacher presents only two choices for us that lead to radically different eternal destinies. By building our lives on Jesus’ words, he assures us that the storms of life will never lead us to destruction.
From the events of his birth and throughout his life, Jesus reshaped the religious and cultural expectations of his day so as to make all of it about himself. He completely turns things on their head—flipped upside down—even for us today. Either this is the bold move of a narcissistic megalomaniac or this is the beginning of a subversive movement of grace that would change the course of history forever. Let's take a closer look at the most famous sermon of all time and see how Jesus inaugurated God's new humanity.