Pure in Heart!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mathew 5:8).
The first sermon of the Lord was termed as "the Sermon on the Mountain" by St. Augustine. Jesus climbed a high mountain to enable the huge crowd to hear him. At the top of the mountain, a pleasant and mild breeze will be blowing. Clouds of glory will descend there. We would feel the proximity of God.
Jesus climbed up the Mount of Transfiguration which was very high to reveal himself to his disciples. When he wanted to choose the twelve disciples too, he climbed a high mountain, prayed for the whole night and called out the twelve persons whom God had chosen as disciples (Luke 6:12, 13). The beautiful garden where He regularly prayed was located at the top of the Mt. Olives. Even the place where Jesus was crucified was called as ‘Mount Calvary.”
In this Sermon on the Mount, He revealed the divine secret of who will see God. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Mathew 5:8). One may be without money or education or even he may be lacking in culture, but even then, if he possesses purity in heart he can definitely have the vision of God.
Yes, in the Sermon on the Mount, God taught people a blessed and well-known process. The 5th, 6th and the 7th chapters in the book of Mathew are filled with the Sermon on the Mount. “No man ever spoke like this Man!” (John 7:46).
Once Indira Gandhi told that she read Christ’s Sermon on the Mount when her younger son Sanjiv Gandhi had died in a plane accident and it comforted her greatly. Once, Gandhiji said, "It was this sermon which helped me to gain independence for India. I did not want to achieve the independence by holding Guns or by shedding blood. But I was touched by the verse in the Scripture where Jesus said "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" (Mathew 5:5) and so I chose Satyagraha and fasting to achieve my goal.
Yes, even though millions of people in the world preach, the Sermon on the Mount is incomparable. Peter followed this sermon and when he preached for the first time, three thousand persons were saved in the first sermon. Then the number grew to five thousand and the list became bigger and bigger.
Indeed Peter was illiterate. He was just carrying out the fishing business. But still, he shook the world. God will also use you in the same way.
To meditate: “….do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak” (Mathew 10:19)