The Sermon on the Plain was
a sermon given by Jesus of Nazareth according to
the Gospel of Luke ; it may be
compared to the longer Sermon on the
Some commentators believe they in fact refer to
the same event. Others say that Jesus frequently preached similar
themes in different places, and still others that neither sermon
really took place but that they were conflations of Jesus's primary
teachings put together by Matthew and Luke from earlier source
Luke 6:12-20a details the events leading to the sermon. In it,
Jesus spent the night on the mountain praying to God. Two days
later, he gathers his disciples
and selects 12 of them
whom he names Apostles
. On the way
down from the mountain, he stands at "a level place" where a throng
of people had gathered. After curing those with "unclean spirits"
(see also Demonic possession
Jesus begins what is now called the Sermon on the Plain.
Notable messages in the Sermon include:
to 7:1, after Jesus had said everything he had to say to the crowd,
he went to Capernaum.