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Jesus -- the Guru # 4

C. Becoming a True Disciple of Jesus


Jesus is the Master. He calls His disciples to follow a whole new kind of life.  Jesus is not interested in disciples who only want to follow half-heartedly.  He wants disciples who truly want to listen to Him.  He wants disciples to become like Him!



Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said…., but I tell you…..”



Read Matthew 5:21-47



Murder


21“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’22But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.


23“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.


25“Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Adultery


27“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’28But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Divorce


31“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’32But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths


33“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’34But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;35or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.37Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

An Eye for an Eye


38“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies


43“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?




Jesus wants disciples who not only obey His commands but who think like he does. He wants a clear heart, not such a clean life.  He wants us pure from our innermost thoughts on out.  Only then can we become like Him, even when He is not around to tell us what to do.



What is the difference in Jesus’ teaching to His disciples on these topics?:


Murder (vv. 21-26)
Adultery (vv. 27-30)
Divorce (vv. 31-32)
Making oaths (vv. 33-37)
Facing injustice (vv. 38-42)
Dealing with enemies (vv. 43-47)



Is Jesus’ teaching worthy to follow?  Do you want Him to be your Master in life?
How would your life be different if you followed Jesus? How would our country to different if many followed Him?



Do you react with amazement at His teaching? Do you find a new authority in it, as His first hearers did?  Are you up to the challenge of being Jesus’ disciple today?


Looking forward to hearing your answers to these questions,


Yesudas


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