Lesson 115—May 22, 2016
Audio Lesson by David Daniel
The People’s Response to Jesus’ Sermon
Scripture: Matthew 7:28-29
Lesson Goal: To help us answer the question: What will we do with what we have heard from Jesus?
Introduction: We are told that when Jesus finished speaking, “the people were astonished at His teaching.” “Astonished” is the Greek word ekplēssō, which means “amazed, to be beside one’s self.” This teaching of Jesus’ became a “wow” moment for those who heard it. They had never heard anything like this before. They had never heard such insight and wisdom delivered by any teacher anywhere. In the midst of such vast wisdom, they had never witnessed or heard anything so practical concerning the expectations and demands of God regarding the character of those who follow Him. They had never heard such boldness that clearly denounced the self-righteousness exhibited by the Pharisees and pronounced a clear understanding of the true righteousness of God and what God expects in the character of those who truly follow Him.
Not only did Jesus’ teaching leave His listeners amazed and “astonished,” but “He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Unlike the scribes, Jesus spoke as the authority on truth. He did not speak by the authority of tradition or the authority given by the scribes who came before Him. He spoke as the authority with authority.
The content, compassion, directness and authority of Jesus’ teaching amazed the people. But Jesus’ purpose in this great sermon was not to bring the people to a place of amazement, but to bring them to a place of decision followed by a life of obedience. Jesus did not preach this message hoping that the end result would be people who were astonished or amazed. He preached it to show His listeners the need for salvation and the importance of living in obedience to God.
“The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is not meant to be admired but to be obeyed” (France).
As we come to the close of this section of Scripture, let us look back at some truths we embraced during the past sixty-three weeks.
The theme of this sermon is found in Matthew 5:20. Please read and explain the context and meaning of Jesus’ words in this verse.
How did Matthew 5:20 rock the worlds of the people and of the Pharisees?
What is true righteousness as taught by The Sermon on the Mount?
Please explain the difference between someone who merely follows Jesus and a true follower of Jesus.
If the demand of the law is absolute righteousness, how can we ever satisfy such a demand?
How can The Sermon on the Mount radically change our lives?
What are the Beatitudes all about?
A question we must all answer—do I want my life radically changed because of my obedience to Jesus Christ?
Am I “listener only” to Jesus’ words?
Do I have a deep desire to follow Jesus in obedience?
What will obedience to Jesus cost me?
As I live my life, who am I really and truly trying to please?
Have I ever been truly persecuted because of my faith in Jesus Christ?
What do people see in my life that makes them think I am a genuine follower of Jesus? (Hint: coming to church is not enough for this answer.)
What in my life today is hindering me from the joy of being a follower of Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to be a servant of Jesus Christ?
How do we overcome sin in our lives?
What is the character of a follower of Jesus Christ supposed to look like?
What is my life saying to the world about my relationship with Jesus Christ?
Am I a listener and talker only? What do my actions say to my lost family members and friends about being a follower of Jesus?
Does Jesus know me? You may be able to say: “I know Him.” But does He know you?
What will you do with Jesus? This is greatest decision of your life.
What will you do with this Sermon on the Mount?