The Savior’s Sermon (Part 3)
“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24–27
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It’s probably safe to say that not many of you are construction workers. Chances are, however, you do have some idea of what is and isn’t a good place to build a house. For example, solid, firm ground is probably a safe place to start a foundation for your house. The side of a cliff, in contrast, is not the best place to build your new home. In our reading for today, Jesus concludes His Sermon on the Mount by teaching us that what we build our house on is important. This does not just apply to the homes that we live in, but also the foundation on which we build our lives.
Jesus says, “Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). Jesus goes on to say that when “the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house,” the house stood because it was built on the rock (Matthew 7:25). In other words, those whose faith in Christ is followed by love and obedience have an unfailing foundation.
Jesus contrasts this man with a foolish man “who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26). Jesus says that when a storm came to this house, the house fell. The foolish man did not build his house on the strong and solid rock, but on soft, shifting sand. Because of his doubt, selfishness, or unbelief, the man heard the words of Jesus and did not follow them.
These words of Jesus are both unnerving and comforting. We read the words of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount and feel greatly convicted. Do we always hear these words and do them? The good news is that, though we fail, there is no end to God’s grace and forgiveness. For those who have faith in Jesus Christ and His death on the cross, God does not look at us and see our shortcomings, therefore deciding to relocate our house off of the rock and onto the sand. Instead, God looks at us and sees His Son. Because of His grace and forgiveness, our house is secured on the rock.
As David writes in Psalm 18, the Lord is our rock and our deliverer. He is the horn of our salvation and our stronghold. He is strong and sure, and He never changes. When the winds, rain, and floods come, Jesus promises that our house will stand.
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