In reflecting on Matthew 5 today, which contains the beattitudes, the salt and light, and the true nature of anger against our brother, I am reminded of the hearers of this message since the day He spoke it. When Jesus spoke, he did not have a singular audience, for He Himself, the WORD, is God, transcendant of time and space, fully at work in every human life, full unlimited and fully knowlegeable of every human heart both past, present and future to us, as one and the same to Him. Therefore, the Humble Almighty Christ speaks to the disciples before Him, intently bringing them further and deeper into the inner circle of fellowship with His nature and character and person, to later be revealed through them to the world. He speaks, secondly yet simultaneously, to the crowds who have an ear to hear, revealing the presence of the Kingdom of God in their midst, eternal truths that ought lead one to respond in repentance, faith, and salvation.
He speaks thirdly to the present audience who do not have ears to hear, oddly enough the most religiously infused of the crowd, who hear only to accuse, who listen only from the aloof corner of their hearts that would aim to twist and turn His own words against Him, to mean that which would oppose their personal cause, and find room to fault Him out of His place in history and the human heart.
Last, He speaks to every reader and hearer of the Word proclaimed from its recorded time in history until today and into tomorrow, for the Word of God will stand through eternity, and not pass away. He speaks to your heart, the man, woman or child with ears to hear that, you too, may believe and receive the gift of salvation through Him.
He speaks to that one without ears to hear, but takes the slanted view of reproach to His Maker as he gathers the words of Christ in his heart. He speaks to that one as a loving and ongoing call, yet as a witness against the rebellion in their hearts that will one day say, "you had the Law, you had the Prophets, you had the Words of Christ, you had the Truth, and you are without excuse."
One could also say, that as the Word will not fail or pass away, that we who are in Christ, and those who are destined for destruction apart from Him, will a million years from now still recall and recount the Word, relating it to the amazing grace of our Heavenly Father for His glory, or retelling of all that good grace missed and lost, the ongoing witness against us of our deserved place in the Lake of Fire, never attaining an excuse in the soul, for never being without reminder of the truth of our life spent in rebellion against His Word that was to us in truth. Weeping and gnashing our teeth, our spirit crushed, our soul in agony, our efforts spent in vain, our comforts nowhere in sight, our blindness on earth now reflected in outer darkness for eternity, our pleasures sought here reflected in our pains there, all because we would not take the approach of Christ to be humble, all because we would not hear, all because we would not receive the timeless Word of God by faith, and find the Word of God to be eternal truth, and to have been spoken by Christ with every human soul in mind.
For those who have received His Word by faith, should we not rejoice therein!? To think that you and I sit among the crowd, perhaps as one of those closer to Him, and have the privilege of being hearers of His Word to us is nothing short of the miraculous, the awe inspiring, the life changing and the experience of holy things. Take a moment to thank Him today for the gift of His message in the Word to you. Rekindle your ears to hear and find joy in being a hearer of the Word, which produces an increasing faith, leading to being a doer of that same Word. Be a sharer of the Word and a true fellowshipper of this Word with one another. Draw in, gather 'round, stay a while, listen close....Jesus is speaking to us!