(John 1:1-4) In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all thing were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
Imagine that God came and sat down with you and explained how best to live the life he has given you. What an amazing advantage that would be. Well this really happened some 2000 years ago, and Matthew recorded the event in his Gospel. He starts out with these words, (Matthew 5:1&2) “Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.” Matthew continues on and shares the words Jesus spoke that day found in chapters 5-7.
Probably most of the people there that day did not know they were listening to the one through whom all things were created. At the end though, Matthew tells us they were amazed by Jesus’ teaching. They also didn’t know that Jesus was going to die for their sins; he was offering them a fresh start, and an opportunity to live a new life in the way he taught them.
Today, there are still many who don’t recognize that Jesus is God, that he died for their sins, and that he offers them a fresh start. They may be amazed by Jesus’ teaching, but they don’t realize that to have the power to live by them they must receive him as their savior. For those of us who do know that Jesus is God, and that he died for our sins, when we receive him, he gives us his Holy Spirit (see John 16:13) to empower us on our quest to live by his teaching.