Monday, October 24
Asbury Seminary faculty comment on the Sermon on the Mount at asburyreader.com.
Matthew 15:29-39 NASB
Departing from there, Jesus went along by the Sea of Galilee, and having gone up on the mountain, He was sitting there. And large crowds came to Him, bringing with them those who were lame, crippled, blind, mute, and many others, and they laid them down at His feet; and He healed them. So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel.
And Jesus called His disciples to Him, and said, “I feel compassion for the people, because they have remained with Me now three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.”
The disciples said to Him, “Where would we get so many loaves in this desolate place to satisfy such a large crowd?”
And Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few small fish.”
And He directed the people to sit down on the ground; and He took the seven loaves and the fish; and giving thanks, He broke them and started giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven large baskets full. And those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
And sending away the crowds, Jesus got into the boat and came to the region of Magadan.
Coleridge once said: “Beyond that which is found in Jesus of Nazareth the human race will never progress.” We may add: Beyond that which we see in the Cross the human race will never progress. For the Cross reveals the deepest in God—Love! And there is nothing higher or deeper in this universe for God or man than Love. Since the maturest fact in the universe is love, and the maturest type of love is seen in Jesus, we come now to the very center of our quest for maturity. We must be mature in love if we are to be mature. Our maturity is maturity in love, or it is not maturity. And it must be maturity in the kind of love seen in Jesus or it is not mature love.
E. Stanley Jones, Christian Maturity.