The Man on the Mount embodies the Sermon on the Mount. Everything he demands, he has lived himself. Think of the first beatitude, “blessed are the poor in spirit” and remember “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant”(Phillipians 2: 6-7). Or the third, “blessed are the meek” and remember he said, “Come to me , all you that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest.. for I am gentle (meek) and humble of heart “ (Matthew 11:29). Or the last, “blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you” and remember “they spat on him and took a reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him… they led him away to crucify him” (Matthew 27:30-31).
He not only teaches, but he leads the way. He is, as the writer of Hebrews says, the “pioneer and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2)