“The greatest teaching from the most brilliant person for the best life”.

Today we start a short series that answers two of life’s most important questions: 1) What is a good life? 2) Who is a good person? Our Lord Jesus answers these questions in the “Sermon on the Mount” (Mt 5ff).

Dallas Willard reminds us “’Jesus is Lord’ can mean little in practice for anyone who has to hesitate before saying, ‘Jesus is smart.’ He is not just nice, he is brilliant. He is the smartest man who ever lived. He is now supervising the entire course of world history” (Rev. 1:5).[1] If you don’t believe Jesus is brilliant, then ask Him to show you.

What do you think the very smart Jesus would say to someone in the pew who has never heard of the Sermon on the Mount, he can’t find it in the Bible, he doesn’t know how to worship let alone pray, he is spiritually bankrupt – maybe financially bankrupt as well?

We know exactly what Jesus would say! “How fortunate you are!” (c.f. Mt. 5:3) Why? Because, in Jesus the Kingdom of Heaven has drawn near to us all, regardless of our status, to embrace, redeem and restore.

God Bless,


[1] The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God (pg. 96).

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