Don’t get whiplash watching this! In the passage we will be studying together, Jesus delivers some of the most encouraging words he ever spoke to his followers and then unleashes stunning condemnations of those who reject his way. Some will leave Sunday’s worship time blessed and others will feel the weight of their decision to live independently of Jesus.
The passage we will be looking at is Luke 6:20-26 which is most commonly known as Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain in contrast to his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. Much of the content is the same in the two sermons, but the setting is different. In the opening verses of the Luke version, Jesus states four beatitudes and then four woes—four exclamations of God’s blessing and favour and then four exclamations of deep grief and condemnation over wrong values and priorities.