Present Lord

Like all the Matthean discourses, the Sermon on the Mount is more than simply part of Matthew’s narrative thread; it is also a direct address to his readers. In this way it is in agreement with Matthean Christology, for the historical Jesus, whose story Matthew relates, is at the same time the present Lord, speaking to the community in its own present time.

—Luz, Theology of the Gospel of Matthew, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) p. 45.