According to the gospel of Matthew, The Sermon on the Mount, takes place early in Jesus’ ministry. He has chosen and called the disciples, and has begun traveling throughout the region teaching and preaching the Kingdom of God, and healing those suffering from afflictions of every kind.
The wisdom and power of God is upon him and flows through him touching, inspiring, and healing wherever he goes. People have taken notice. They seek him out in large numbers. They want to see his face, hear the words he speaks—they want be touched and healed by him.
On this day, as a crowd gathers round, Jesus goes up on a mountainside so that those who have sought him out can see and hear him more readily. His disciples gather round his feet…