Climbing toward the Base of the Sermon on the Mount

Detail from The Temptation of Christ, by J. Kirk Richards

Matthew 4:

40 days in the wilderness and the adversary tempts Jesus to rationalize in order to get his physical, relational, and spiritual needs met. Jesus rejects the shortcuts.

From that time Jesus began to proclaim,

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

Jesus called disciples to follow him and to learn how to invite others. They went around proclaiming God’s Kingdom in word and deed. Huge numbers of people started following him.