The Sermon on the Mount
The Sermon on the Mount is considered to be one of Jesus’ most important discourses and one of His most foundational teachings, considered to hold the essence of Jesus’ teaching. Even many who are not Christians believe this sermon is one of the most important messages ever taught. There is perhaps no passage in the Bible that is quoted more and understood less than this teaching in Matthew 5-7.
Many people had followed Jesus because of His teaching, preaching, and healing. He preached the Sermon on the Mount when a crowd had gathered around Him near the Sea of Galilee. He went up on a mountain and invited some of His disciples to go with Him. This divided the multitude into two groups: those at the bottom of the mountain, who represented all the problems of humanity, and those at a higher level who wanted to be part of His solution to the problems. Jesus began to teach and train His followers so they could go into the world with His message and in His strength.