Having looked at the power of the request, both of man and of God, and especially of requesting from God and man at the same time, we come now to what we call the Golden Rule. So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Or, perhaps more simply, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Jesus says that this is the Law and the Prophets, just as earlier in the sermon he had told us nearly the same thing – “”Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Matthew 5:17 ESV.
This is so much the point of the sermon on the mount, that we as Christians would live in such a way that as opposed to using the law and the prophets to condemn and confront the world around us, we instead would live our lives in such a way as to fulfill the law and the prophets and embody the reign of Jesus Christ on earth here and now. Remember the Gospel, the Good News, as proclaimed by Jesus himself was not that ‘I’m here to rubber stamp your life and give you a free ticket to heaven when you die.‘ Instead, what Jesus proclaimed over and over was “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” Matthew 4:17 ESV. All Jesus ever talked about was the Kingdom of God (Kingdom if heaven in Matthew). His point always the the kingdom was (and is) available here and now. The Jesus Way, laid out in the Sermon on the Mount as well as in his very life by example, is how we gain entrance into the kingdom exactly where we are. It is this Way which Peter betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane when took the sword to the soldiers ear. “And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.” Luke 22:50-51 ESV. Peter may not have betrayed Jesus as Judah did, but he betrayed the way of Jesus every bit as much. Jesus restored his enemies ear, loving his enemy, just as he would later restore Peter after his own resurrection. Peter betrayed the Jesus way here, just as we betray the Jesus way every time we lash out in anger and condemnation, every time we accuse, every time we ‘put them in their place’, every time we engage in our Facebook wars.
So, we are to do unto others as we want them to do to us, for this is the Law and the Prophets. What does this mean for us?
What did Jesus taught during his sermon?
Don’t want to be insulted on Facebook? Don’t insult on Facebook.
You think someone owes you an apology? Be the one to make the phone call.
You want someone to let bygones be bygones? Let bygones be bygones.
Don’t want to be cursed out? Don’t curse out.
Don’t want your wife or ‘significant other’ flirting around town? Don’t flirt around town.
Don’t want someone to break their promises? Don’t break your promises.
Don’t want to be manipulated? Don’t manipulate.
Don’t want to be paid pack for every wrong thing you do? Then, let it go.
You want your enemy, your bully, to stop taunting you, stop fighting you, stop embarrassing you?? You want those whom you fear to just leave you alone? Then pray for them. Love them. Seek out their best interests. (Whaaat?). You will be sons and daughters of our father in heaven. But we don’t really want that this badly, do we?
Want to receive all you need? Give to others what they need.
Don’t want to be judged in all you do? Don’t judge others.
Want to be a forgiven sinner? Forgive sinners.
“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 NIV
“”So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
Matthew 7:12-14 ESV