Messages for the Masses.

While many work in society with the attitude that you are
either a victim or an aggressor, Jesus in coming to earth
to make the will and way of God more familiar, had his
most special “Messages for the Mases”.  You see that
in the words of the Apostle Matthew or Mark centered
around “multitudes”, as an introduction of the famous
Sermon on the Mount by Jesus.
“And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a
mountain, and when He was seated His disciples
came to Him, THEN He opened His mouth and
taught them, saying...”  (Matthew 5:1,2)
4-1:  Multitude Messages of Jesus:  In this time of
economic stress and extreme difficulties for the
masses of people, when it seems as though
nothing will change and get better--a depressing
and imposing emotion, with little comfort from
knowing that you are in the majority while it is hard
not to covet the wealthy and elite that prosper, it is
time for the MULTITUDE MESSAGES of Jesus.
1.  Many of the Multitude Knew Him:  At first in the
reading and/or hearing of Matthew 5-7, you may not get
communicated to your human heart the
“compassionate” feelings of Jesus for the “multitude” or
“multitudes” like is more obvious in a similar introduction
of the feeding of the 5,000 (Mark 6:33-44) and the later
feeding of the four thousand (Mark 8:1-9).  To make a
point here, would you not admit that respectively 5,000
in attendance to Jesus is a mass or multitude as is the
later feeding of the multitude of 4,000.  You hear of the
compassion here from Mark.
2.  First at the massive multitude of 5,000.  (Mark 6:33-
44)
(1).  “But the multitude saw them...”  
Jesus and His apostles.
(2).  “...and many knew Him...”   
Something of the people make-up of the society of
multitudes in that “many of the multitude” knew Him.
(3) “...and ran there on foot from all the cities...”  
This is a better response that Jesus has today, but
Jesus would tell them that they come for a lesser
motivation in that they came because of the miracles
they had seen or heard about.  For the most part, it was
not because of a love for Jesus or the Father that He
represented perfectly; but because of the food or
healing.
(4).  “They arrived before them and came together to
Him.”
(5).  “And Jesus when he came out {out of the boat},
saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion
fot them, because they were like sheep having no
shephred.”
Jesus saw a great multitude.  No matter how large the
masses, Jesus and the Father have their eye on the
individual in the crowd just as they have their “eye upon
the sparrow”.
Jesus was “moved with compassion for them”.  It does
not require that a person be a church member, good, or
even a Christian like the apostles with Jesus, for Jesus
to have and show compassion.  The compassion of
Jesus extends to the whole mass of the world.  It is the
world that God and Jesus love.  
                     Love for the Masses of the World
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only
begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.”
             God Sent Jesus Into the World for Salvation
“For God did not send His Son in the world to condemn
the world, but that the world through Him might be
saved.”
           The Unbeliever is automatic condemned now
“He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who
does not believed is condemned already, because he
does not belive in the name of the only begotten Son of
God.”  (John 3:16-18)
4-2:  Love and Belief go hand in hand in that one
can not have faith in God and Christ, even faith in
the Bible, without love; and one can not have love
of God, Christ, and the Bible without faith.  Perhaps
you did not see the connection between love and
goodness as constrasted to a lack of love and evil
when this series started with Psalm 37; however
when it was stated that what separates the good
and righteous from the bad and evil is love, that
love consistent with the total Bible message and
especially John 3:16-18 above is based on faith.  
Bottom line, faith in God the Father and what He
did in the crucifixion of His only Son, showing
massive love, responds in love to create more
faith.
1.  It is much like expressed in Hebrews 11:6.
“But without faith, it is impossible to please Him {God},
for he who comes to God must believe that He is and
that He is a rewarder {requires a measure of love and
respect for the goodness and mercy and grace of God}
of those that diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)
2.  Feeding of the multitude of 4000:  Jesus’ compassion
on the Multitude because they have nothing to eat while
they are seeking to be with Jesus  (Mark 8:1-10).  Look
at the words of Mark, and then we will get into the
“Messages for the Masses” of Jesus and as recorded in
the Sermon on the Mount of Matthew 5-7.
“In those days, the multitude being very great and
having nothing to eat...”
Jesus had that period of popularity with the masses
before they really came to understand the requirements
of kingdom membership as expressed in the Sermon on
the Mount.  The had heard some of it, but Jesus was
primarily popular because He feed them and showed
them miracles from God.  Later, it was the cross that
goes with feeding and miracles that they could not
accept, and going counter to the wishes of their
religious and political authorities.
“...Jesus called his disciples to Him and said to
them, ‘I have compassion on the multitudes
because they have now continued with Me three
days and have nothing to eat.  And if I send them
away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on
the way, for some of them have come from afar.”
Those like churches and Christians who would follow
the example of Jesus should feed the needy even as a
neighbor to Jesus in the parable of the good samaritan
is one:  (1) who encounters a needy in his travels; (2)
who sees a need or know abuot it; (2) has the means to
do something about it.  Of course these days, it is the
larger churches with their larger collections and funds
that have the most opportunity to feed the needy.
4-3:  Having sufficient Bible background on the
compassion of Jesus for the masses or multitudes,
we are now in a position to dive into Jesus’
“Message to the Masses” of Matthew 5-7.  It starts
with the famous requirements for kingdom
membership, better know as the “beatitudes” or
criterions for happiness, such as “Blessed are the
poor in spirit, for such is the kingdom of heaven.”  
(Matthew 5:3)
1.  There is just the way kingdom of Christ and of God
is, it is made of the poor. You can think of very few times
that Jesus taught and preached to the well-to-do such
as Nicodemus.  We are glad He did in that we have from
that encounter, the great teachings from Jesus on the
none month new birth, a birth from the spirit similar to
the birth of the breaking of water from the womb in that
they are both 9 months, but different in that the birth of
the spirit is a second birth.  Jesus came to primarily
preach the gospel to the poor, Jesus taught that it is
easier for a camel to place through the eye of the
needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God;
and Jesus warned of riches and the desire to be rich in
that it promotes greed, the love of money, cares of this
world and the deceitfulness of riches, requires a selling
out of the soul to Satan, and in most cases roots out
and prohibits faith and love, definitly with few rare
exceptions placing the wealthy and rich in the wicked of
the world.  
2.  To understand the Beattitudes of “Happy or Blessed
is he” is foundationoal to a Bible based CHRISTIAN
VIEW OF LIFE AND LIVING.  And you should be
forewarned right now, that is it different from the custom
and traditions of the world; it is far different than even
the first apostles understood at first {when Jesus told
them the dilemma of the rich young ruler they marveled,
and said “who then can be saved”; it is different from
what most churches and denominations are practicing
tody as they have compromised with the cares of the
world and the deceitfulness of riches while they are
professing Christians; and very few today can be
enticed to join as demanded by the requirments for the
kingdom, to be among:  (1) the poor (Matt 5:5:3), (2)
among the mourners, (3) among the meek as contrasted
to the agressive after success, (4) among those who
hunger and thirst, (5) among the constant givers of
mercy over law and harshness {you know the opposite
of those who operate under the guidelines of “an eye for
an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, (6) among the pure as
few want to be considered pure and practice the
godliness of purity; (7) among the peacemakers, more
had rather go to war or make money out of war, (8)
among the persecuted {“all that will live godly in Christ
Jesus shall suffer persecution”}, and (9) among those
who have evil spoken against them as they identify with
Jesus and with the teachings of Jesus {never, ever, no
matter what period of what nation, can it be popular to
be a real disciple after Jesus}.
4-4:  A Short Summary of the Blessing to follow for
kingdom members as given from the teachings of
Jesus in Matthew 5-7.  
1.    The Beatitudes or Blessings (Matthew 5:3-12):  The
unusual and directly opposite of comfort, security, and
status and sucess offered to the majority in the world,
and as given in the Beatitudes or what it takes to make
a kingdom member eternally happy or blessed.  Every
human being has the freedom of choice called soul
competency to chose or reject kingdom membership, to
make the short run choice or the eternal choice.  
Recently a Navy friend not seen since almost a hundred
years ago said to me in discusing careers, “But you
have had so many problems.”
“Yes, I replied,” as compared to the this life blessings of
a blessed life materially, temporal and here on earth,
with a company that prospered and prospered him; “but
a blessing or blessings always came with the hard
times, and God directed the paths and the footsteps.”
2.  Good and Blessed Believers and Lovers of God are
called by Jesus the “salt of the earth and the light of the
world.” ( 5:13-16).  You know one reason the light can
not be hidden from sight is because such kingdom
memers are rare and so different from the rest of the
world, even in America and in this present time.  {Really,
it should be said especially in America and in this
present time as church and denominational members
have so much kingdom blessings to fall away from as
compared to the most of the world.}  Back when we
were at the beginning of this series trying to separate
the good from the evil, really a function of God and of
the Bible, we were not ready for the full implications as
the full teachings of the New Testament had not yet
made clear that the good are the believers and lovers of
God with certain specific blessings, and the evil are the
unbelievers that do not love God and can expect
eternally specific curses as justified.
3.  Laws, commandments, and Teachings of Jesus on
(1) Murder, (2) Adultery, (3) Marriage in obdience to the
commands and pattern of God with all else rebellion
against His will for which forgiveness can be obtained,
but must be confessed and prayed to God with petitiion;
(4) on swearing, taking God’s name in vain, and other
loose and meaningless words, (5) on love, over legality,
of going the second mile {very few people reliaze that
the “royal law of love” as quoted in James is really from
the law of the Old Testament, Leviticus x:xx}, and (6) on
love of enemies.  (Matthew 5:17-48)
The Law {alias the Old Testament} remains constant
and stable, only gets fulfilled and positively made clear
on:  (1) the immutability and fulfillment of every word of
the Bible; (2) on the least in the kingdom that break and
teach the breaking on one of the words of law versus
the great in the kingdom who teach and do not break
these words of law {commandments}; (3) on the contrast
between a supposed appearance of righteuosness like
the Pharisees of Jesus day--perhaps the most moral
and religious generation ever, but outside the will of
God and the teaches of Jeus, constrasted with a
righteousness through faith and love that exceeds the
righteousness of that very religious generation of all
time.
4.  Those that are good must do good in order to please
God, more of the faith in and love of God the Father and
of the Lord Jesus Christ.  (Matthew 6)
(1).  Hide the charitable deed, that is what contrast the
last minute donations of the  philantropist from the good
and loving who practices hidden charitable deeds all his
life on earth.  (6:1-4)
(2). The Model Prayer, sometimes called the Lords
prayer, is both guidance for proper prayer but also a
model way of thinking for the Christian View of Life and
Living.  (6:5-15)
(3).  Love and faith in God, the kind that is salt and light,
is not done for appearnce to man, but rather for secrets
in the presence of God.  Another way that you can in
this life tell the difference between the philatropists who
does it for appearance and adoration before men, or
most often to ease his own conscience for a life of
success, wealth, and self-seeking, and the kingdom
good member about whom you will probably never here
on this earth, only notice in the life to come.  (6:16-18).
(4).  Lay up treasures in heaven rather than on this
earth  (6:19-21).
(5).  You are good if the light allowed through your eye
is good.  (6:22,23)
(6).  Impossible to love God and riches (6:24).
(7).  The Christian Life View of worry, fretting, what you
seek, and tomorrow  (6:25-34)
4-5:  Some surprises from Jesus on the Christian
way of life and living, seldom understood and
implemted, or practiced among Christians and
church members.  (Matthew 7
)
1.  If you judge according to the standards of the Bible,
you will be judged according to the standards of the
Bible.  If your judgment is of the world, God Who made
the world and your conscience, will also judge you
according to your conscience and His creation designs.  
(7:1-8).
2.  Kingdom member, alias the good versus the evil,
alias the salt of the earth and the light of the world, keep
“asking, seeking, and knocking”.  (7:7-12)
3.  You must always know, according to Jesus and the
very basis for kingdom membership that the majority on
earth go the braod and prosperous and convenien way
that ultimately leads to eternal destructiion, and the few
minority of kingdom members must go the hard and
narrow way that leads to eternal life.  Who in the “many”
of the broad way and the “few” of the narrow and hard
way can not see in this the difference between the many
of the majority in the world versus the few in the minority
of the world.  And back to the original teachings of
Psalms 37, where God is always consistent and
unchanging in His word, where the good are the
righteous and the wicked are the unbelieving and
unloving.  While our understanding of the Bible may
improve as we go forward from book to book, from
Genesis to Revelation, and hopefulll many times, and
with many times, God does not change one iota like His
law and His character.  Like the word and Jesus and the
Father Himself, it is the “same yesterday, today, and
tommorrow” as it is the same in the past, present, and
future of the Bible Itself!  (7:13,14)
4.  Even as God told Jeremiah the difference between
the good figs and the bad figs of God’s people, so on
the larger scale of the whole kingdom and world, you
will know the nature of the tree by the fruit it bears.  (7:
15-20)
5.  A big surprise at the END among those who are
really members of the kingdom of Christ and those who
simply profess to be members of the kingdom from some
philanthropic thing or things they have done.  (7:21-23)
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’, shall enter
the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My
Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 7:21)
6.  The wise and good man of the kingdom “keeps” and
“does” this sayings or teachings of Jesus on the
Christian View of Life and Living, thus building his house
of life and living on the Rock.  (Matthew 7:24-29)

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