3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
What is the true meaning of the beatitudes? This is the topic or focus of this message today. Jesus began his sermon with the words that seem to contradict each other. But God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s. If you want to live for God you must be ready to say and do what seems strange to the world. You must be willing to give when others take, to love when others hate, to help when others abuse. By giving up your own rights in order to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you. What does this mean to us today? We live in a world with so much temptation that sometimes it may be hard to know God’s way and not our way. It is easy to get caught up with your friends when you are at a social gathering and it is so easy to lose ourselves in the moment. For example, let say you are out with your friends at a restaurant and you find some money in the sum of $100.00. What the world says that if no one claims the money it is yours to keep? But you know it really isn’t your money so what should you do? Best case scenario would be to turn that $100.00 to the manager of the restaurant. I use this example because everyone including me would be tempted to keep that money.
There are at least four ways to understand the Beatitudes; 1) They are a code of ethics (meaning moral principles) for the disciples and a standard conduct for all believers, 2) They contrast or compare kingdom values (what is eternal) with worldly values (what is temporary), 3) They contrast or compare the superficial or fake which was the faith of the Pharisees with the with the real faith Christ wants, 4) They show how the old Testament expectations will be fulfilled in the new kingdom. These beatitudes like the Ten Commandments are not multiple choice, pick what you like and leave the rest. They must be taken as a whole. They describe what we should be like as Christ’s followers. Again Christians have a guide to conduct in which to follow do we follow it or not.
Each beatitude tells how to be blessed “Blessed” means more that happiness. It implies the fortunate or enviable state of those who are in God’s kingdom. The beatitudes don’t promise laughter, pleasure, or earthly prosperity. To Jesus: “blessed” means the experience of hope and joy, independent of outward circumstances. To find hope and joy, the deepest form of happiness, we have to follow Jesus not matter what the cost.
When Jesus announcement that the kingdom was near in Matthew 4:17 people were naturally asking “How do I qualify to be in God’s kingdom?” Jesus said that God’s kingdom is organized differently for worldly kingdoms. In the kingdom of heaven, wealth, power, and authority are unimportant. Kingdoms people seek different blessings, benefits, and they have different attitudes. Are your attitudes a carbon copy of the world’s selfless, pride and lust for power, or are do they reflect the humility and self-sacrifice of Jesus your Savior?
Jesus said to rejoice when we’re persecuted. Persecuted can be good because 1) it takes our eyes off of earthly rewards, 2) it strips away superficial beliefs, 3) it strengthens the faith of those who endure, and 4) our attitudes through it serves as an example to others who follow. We can be comforted to know that God’s greatest prophets were persecuted (Elijah, Jeremiah, Daniel). The fact that we are being persecuted proves that we have been faithful; faithless people would be unnoticed in the future. God will reward the faithful be receiving them into his eternal kingdom where there is no more persecution.
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, doesn’t mean you have no faith but our faith can sometimes be poor in the world and our God knows this and bless us anyway.
Blessed are Those Who mourns, means that we are never another in our mourning because God is with us.
Blessed are the Meek, means the meek will inherit the earth refers to God’s promise of the land of Canaan but today our inheritance will be placed with sin.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness means we Christian that are constantly in the word of God will be fulfilled with all that God has to promise for us.
Blessed are the merciful means if you are merciful to others God will be merciful to you.
Blessed are the pure in heart means those seeking God will find God or the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the Peacemakers means you are to be like Christ and forgive people no matter what they did to you or your loved ones or friends.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, means if you are willing to suffer in defense of Christ you will receive your eternal reward, the kingdom of heaven?
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, regardless whether you are a Christian or not people are going to revile and persecute you. Why not obtain the Kingdom of heaven when people revile or persecute you because when you a Christian that is what God has promised you! You must submit to God’s understandings and not your own in order to receive what God has promised to us.I submitted a gospel video that is appropriate for everyone who may want to receive what God has promised all of us. Always remember to Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I.
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Written by Kofi Baruti