Jesus didn't come to lower the bar; He came to lift us over it. As crooked beings we have a hard time imagining what it means to be plumb and level. We are "out of true," to borrow an expression from the tradesmen, and no bent person is able to straighten himself out. So when Jesus started teaching His disciples formally, in public, He started at the beginning. What is righteousness? What does it look like? Here's Jim to open a new message from the Sermon on the Mount. We're in Matthew, chapter 5.
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