Food for Friday

And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain, and when He was set, His disciples came unto Him, and He opened His mouth and taught them, saying, ‘Blessed… Matthew 5:1-3

When someone comes back home from a conference that you couldn’t go to, your first question to that person is, ‘Who spoke?’ You want to know what preachers were there, and then what they spoke about. Our text today is about a conference where there was only one Speaker, one Preacher Who took the whole day’s session, spoke for three entire chapters. If somebody tried to do that at one of our open-platform conferences, they would soon hear about it. But This wasn’t one of our local or even visiting preachers of today. This was the greatest Preacher to ever draw an audience, the greatest Expositor of the Scriptures who ever opened the Book, the greatest Teacher to ever instruct His pupils.

Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there? Jesus’ message that day, or at least significant portions of it, are carefully preserved for us by Matthew. But how grand it would have been to have heard Jesus deliver that message, the greatest conference sermon ever preached on this planet! As good as many of our preachers are, they can only hope to imitate the great example set on this particular day.

No, we weren’t there. But we have Matthew’s record to read and study. We have the wonderful teaching of the Lord Jesus as he embarked on His earthly ministry. Do you seek a portion of the word of God to study in depth? Here is one of the first portions you should look to.

In all of your study of the Word of God, note very carefully the teaching of the Lord Jesus. It deserves your special attention. – Jim MacIntosh

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