In Matthew 5.21-26 Jesus begins to deal with individual commandments (or versions of those commandments as presented in the Jewish traditions of the day). Jesus starts to show us what fulfilling the Law looks like, and he starts with the most obvious command: do not murder. Jesus explains that murder comes from the same sinfully angry part of our hearts that our harsh words come from. Both sinful anger in our hearts and murder are worthy of judgment. Instead of giving into sinful anger, a kingdom-person will zealously seek out peace with others.
We looked at 2 things that Jesus explains about sinful anger in this text:
- Jesus shows us anger’s reality. The reality of anger is that it is worthy of judgment and springs from our selfish desires.
- Jesus shows us anger’s replacement. Jesus does not just call us to stop being sinfully angry, but to actively seek out peace with others instead.
Here are some discussion questions based on the sermon: Matt. 5.21-26 Notes.
-Pastor Nathan Hogan