Over the next several weeks we’ll see how Jesus exemplifies surpassing righteousness in his kingdom. His first example from verses 21–26 shows how our primary desire should not be to destroy relationships but to nurture them. Jesus gives a variety of examples of how this can and should take place, all of which leads to positive outcomes for both parties in the relationship.
In Matthew 5:13–20 Jesus says that those in his kingdom are the salt of the earth and light of the world. In the ancient world, salt and light were said to be the very basics for the sustaining and flourishing of human life. Listen in to find out how important it is to heed Jesus’ call to be who he calls us to be — salt and light in a broken and hurting world.
In Matthew 5:1–12 Jesus shows us that his arms are wide open to everybody and anybody. He blesses the poor in spirit, the pure in heart, the meek, and the persecuted. He also makes a wonderful promise: in his kingdom our deepest desires will one day be satisfied! Listen in to find out how 5:1–12 explores these two great truths.