God became flesh and lived among us. Not only does He understand us as our sovereign, omniscient Creator, He understands us by having become one of us. He lived as one of us, knowing the temptations we face, the pain we suffer, and the joy experienced by doing the Father's will. Jesus is not distant from us, but goes through life with us, and is fully trustworthy to accomplish all He has promised.
The church this side of heaven is always the church MILITANT. But how often are Christians known as peacemakers? And how do you put together the call to be pure and holy and also to be a peacemaker in every level of your interaction with others. This probing sermon addresses these issues and so many others. And it will challenge YOU to be peacemakers - even as part of the church militant. We need this message in our day!
Many claim to believe in Jesus Christ, but do not hold fast to Him. They perhaps have said a prayer, but they fall prey to false teachings, are surprised by suffering and eventually they turn away from the Lord. Here the Apostle closes the letter with his personal autograph, again, encouraging the church by what he says in order that they may persevere in their faith to the very end!
In discussing the appointment of the Apostles on the mountain and then bringing them down to a level place to instruct them, Luke mentions a very large crowd assembled to hear and be healed by Him. The reference to this crowd, on the surface, seems to be extraneous in light of Jesus stated purpose to instruct the Apostles. I would argue that the inclusion of the crowd was pertinent to the ultimate reason for the Apostles to begin with. Jesus was laying the foundation of His Kingdom and its advancement in world that will be very hostile to it. This is seen in the beatitudes and woes Jesus pronounced to introduce His sermon. As Paul stated to Timothy, "All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Tim. 3:12). This reality is due to Kingdom citizens living in a world of evil people.