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The Sermon on the Mount exemplifies the teaching and preaching ministry of Jesus. He speaks to several different topics but we also learn some things about the nature of his ministry. We start with the Beatitudes and his commands to believers to be the salt of the earth and light of the world.
After his baptism, Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for forty days. He was tempted by Satan and we can learn a few things from the encounter.
Note: I mentioned a warning given to Cain in Genesis that “sin is crouching at the door.” Then I second guessed myself and backtracked, suggesting perhaps that statement was elsewhere in scripture. No, God said that to Cain before he murdered his brother Abel. In this case I should have trusted my gut. That was not in my notes and I am subject to make mistakes like that on the fly.
During the incarnation, the Son of God gave up some characteristics of divinity. God’s Spirit was on him but he was born and grew up in the manner that all children do. He was acquainted with grief and sorrow, subject to temptation as we are. All so that he could sympathize with our weakness. He became one of us to save us.
We celebrate Epiphany in January to mark the fact that it took the wise men some time – a considerable amount of time – to reach Jesus and finally worship him. The shepherds looked for Jesus, found him, and immediately went out and told others. The wise men traveled a great distance and ran into some obstacles along the way but their persistence paid off.
A week after Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary brought him to the temple as prescribed by the Law. Simeon was directed to the temple that day by the Holy Spirit, Anna was a prophetess who was always at the temple worshiping God with prayer and fasting day and night.