And when He saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. And opening His mouth He began to teach them.
How is it that we have so quickly forgotten what the disciples knew so well? James 1:5 teaches that we are able to ask God about anything without Him “finding fault” in our questions. Hebrews 4:16 encourages us to “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace.” This ability to meet with Jesus is a privilege that generations of godly men and women knew nothing about. The fact that God would take the time to teach us His ways and to encourage us with such a divine hope is amazing. That the disciples could come to Jesus was evidence that they were living within a “new kingdom.” In this kingdom of Heaven, mere men could talk with God. Everything had changed.
While you and I still wait for the hope of that Kingdom to be fully realized (Titus 2:13) we cannot forget that we too are even now living within that “new kingdom.” Jesus still teaches us on mountainsides, bedsides, in our cars, and through joint assembly on Sunday mornings. His words are a privilege to the poor in spirit, the meek, and those that are persecuted. We do not deserve to have communion with God. Our ability to learn from Him on a daily basis is an act of grace that should never be taken for granted. The disciples realized the significance of such a privilege.