Comfort? Perspective.

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The Sermon on the Mount Is Preceded with a Call to Rethink

Now in those days comes John the Baptist, making his proclamation in the wilderness of Judea, Saying, “Change your hearts; for the Kingdom of the heavens has drawn near.” For this is the one spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “A voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the Lords’s way, make straight his paths.’”

— Matthew 3:1–3

John appears in Matthew’s gospel right after the heart-rending story of a tyrant attacking the most vulnerable just to stay in power. Matthew introduces him with his message of realigning perspective and by connecting him to an ancient promise of comfort.

Here are a few points for processing:

Prepare for Judgment on Inequality

Matthew points his readers back toward the prophet Isaiah so that they will understand that John’s message is about radical justice and revelation.

Expand Our Perspective

Expect Participation

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