- After Jesus Christ chose his apostles, he came down the hill and stood on a level place. He gave a sermon to those present.
- The people had come to hear Jesus Christ’s word and to receive healing from their diseases and also for Jesus to exorcise unclean spirits from them.
- He addressed various issues concerning the New Community/ The New Israel.
- The sermon on the plain consisted of five main parts, giving a description of the life of the ‘new people’ of God, i.e.
Also referred to as the Beatitudes
Jesus Christ had a message for;
- The poor, rich.
- Those that hunger.
- Those that are full.
- Those who weep.
- Those who laugh.
- The followers of Christ are expected to ‘love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who abuse you.’ (vs. 27 – 28)
- The disciples were to love people unconditionally.
- The disciples are expected to acknowledge their own shortcomings before condemning the faults of others.
- True discipleship is seen in what a person says and does e.g. been generous and forgiving others.
- Disciples are expected to demonstrate total commitment to Christ and do His will.
Lessons that Christians from the sermon on the plain
- i. Christians should endure in suffering for Christ in order to inherit eternal kingdom.
- ii. Christians should love their enemies so as to help them to change their attitude.
- iii. Christians should examine their shortcomings before passing judgment on others.
- iv. Christians should preach the gospel in order to bring others to Christ.
- v. Church leaders should clarify the expected standards of behavior for their members.
- vi. Christians should not retaliate but should forgive as a way of promoting peace in the society.
- vii. Christians should be generous and share with the needy.
- viii. Christians should promote peace (Luke 6:29), this means that Christians should resolve their differences peacefully.
Teachings of Jesus on the Sermon on the Plain on how human beings should relate to one another
- Human beings should love one another/ their enemies.
- They should practice sharing/help others/ be generous.
- They should be merciful to each other/ kind/ compassionate.
- They should not judge/ condemn others.
- They should forgive one another/ not revenge.
- Pray for those who wrong them.
- They should not discriminate against each other.
- They should be good to those who hate them.