Okolona Christian Church
52: What He Said – What Did Jesus Say About Mortality?
Mark Ledford
July 16, 2023

52: What He Said – What Did Jesus Say About Mortality?

July 16, 2023

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Matthew 5:21-22 (NIV)
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘ Raca ,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.


But think about this:
If what makes us good is simply not killing someone, that’s a low standard.


The hate in your  is as important as the blood on your 


Matthew 5:27-28 (NIV)
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”


What you do with your  is just as important as what you do with your


If what makes for a healthy relationship is not cheating, that’s a low standard.


Matthew 5:31-32 (NIV)
“It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.”


Matthew 19:3-8 (NIV)
Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning.


Marriage is a covenant () not a contract ().


Malachi 2:16 
I hate divorce, says the Lord of Israel, because the man who divorces his wife covers his garment with violence. 


the covenant you made with your spouse. 


What is the misunderstanding he was addressing?
These are the not legal codes.


Romans 8:9 (NIV)
You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.


What is the truth Jesus shares?
Our hearts matter our hands.


Matthew 23: 25-28 (NIV)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”


How do we apply Jesus’ teaching?


A less sinful is still a sinful .


Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.


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