Sep 6 2013
Matthew 5:1-16 The Beatitudes of Christ
The church has often associated blessing with abundance, but in the Beatititudes Jesus associates it with lack. He says blessed are the poor in spirit (those who lack confidence), blessed are those who mourn (those who have lost something), blessed are the meek (those who hold back), blessed are those who hunger for righteousness (those who admit they lack righteousness), blessed are the pure in heart (those who are pure inside where it’s not often noticed), blessed are the peacemakers (those who sacrifice self to unite with others), blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness (those who lack comfort in their stand truth).
Jesus taught this to his disciples while on a hill watching the crowds gather to hear him. And it seems that he was comparing the oppressed crowd before him with the civil and religious rulers who imposed themselves upon them. More