5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them.
Jesus begins probably the greatest section of His teaching in the New Testament. We call it the “Sermon on the Mount”. After healing all who came to him, he takes the disciples aside on the mountainside to teach them. You will notice a rhythm in Jesus’ life. In chapter 4, Jesus spent copious amounts of time with His Father in the wilderness I.e. 40 days. Then he called his disciples and preached to the crowds about the kingdom which he had come to inaugurate. Then he showed the reality of the kingdom through healing the sick and diseased. Jesus realizes if he is going to equip the disciples, he needs to help them to see what he is doing and begin preparing them to do. Later, he will send the disciples to do the same things he did. Discipleship was once described by Dallas Willard as, “Living your life as if Jesus were living through you.” The early disciples were apprentices to his way of life. They witnessed his rhythm of spending time with the Father, time in public preaching, and teaching time with his friends, the disciples. How is the rhythm is your life ? Lent is a good time to adjust it and try to bring it in alignment with how Jesus lived his life!
Jesus, we thank you for the example you set to live a life of meaning and purpose. You show us how you did nothing without first spending time with your Father. May we learn to live our lives as if you were living through us. Amen.