Sgt. Pepper’s and the Sermon on the Mount

Several years, Rolling Stone Magazine chose the top 500 albums of all time. Number one on the list, was The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The magazine said: “Sgt. Pepper’s is the most important rock & roll album ever made, an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.”

The album, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, is filled with timeless hits, still played by millions today. The beauty of these “hits” is that all of the songs on the album fit perfectly together; they form one cohesive theme and sound.

What if we ranked the greatest hits in Scripture, Jesus’s theme or message? What would be our number one?

I think The Sermon on the Mount would be ranked extremely high, if not right near the top by Christians everywhere.

Think about the “hits” from these writings:

  • We learn the Beatitudes (“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”)
  • We hear about salt and light (“Your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”)
  • We hear the teachings about the law (“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”)
  • We hear about anger (“But I say to you, whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.”)
  • We learn to pray (“This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”)
  • We learn the Golden Rule (“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”)

And the hits just keep on coming, all with one cohesive theme and sound.

These words challenge us. They make us ponder who we are. They ask us to examine how we are living our lives every single day.

We often return to a classic or favorite album, listening to it over and over for joy and comfort.

Wouldn’t it be nice to do the same with these inspiring words?


Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK




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