Rant for Jesus-Sermon on the Mount, August 2019

Jesus was always surrounded by people who were sick and hurting and who were hungry for more than the Pharisees offered them. He often spoke to the poor in spirit, the meek, the hurting ones and those who hungered for righteousness. He called them blessed. He knew that anyone who decided to follow Him would pay a price for it. He knew they would be rejected, be mocked and made fun of, even hated. He reminded them they would be a blessed people when people insult and persecute them because of Him. He told them their reward in heaven will be great. The same holds true today for those following after Jesus our Lord and Savior.

Matthew 5:3 God blesses those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

Some qualities of the poor in spirit: Is not proud; does his work hidden, not seeking praise; is not aggressive nor demanding; satisfied with the cross he’s given to bear, does not complain; lives the life of a servant; willing to bear other’s burdens.  

The poor in spirit have a willingness to surrender to the control of God so He is in control of their lives. Being poor in spirit empties us of ourselves so we can see we need God in our lives. God cannot build upon pride, arrogance, our own ambitions and love of self. He must empty those things from us so He can fill us with Himself. Less us more God.

Matthew 5:4 God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

To mourn is to experience deep grief. Jesus is speaking about mourning over their sin. The Holy Spirit comforts those who are sorry for their sins and seek forgiveness. Those who try to justify or hide their sin will never know this comfort. Repentance results in forgiveness and all our sins are washed away. We no longer have to carry the burden of guilt and shame. We stand justified before God and our sins no longer condemn us. Jesus is the substitute for our sins. Praise Jesus.

Matthew 5:5 God blesses those who are meek, for they will inherit the whole earth.

Meek people wait patiently before the Lord. They have learned God can be trusted so they can be still while waiting patiently for the Lord to work. They commit their way to the Lord. Being meek allows them to be humble and place God over their lives.

When we understand that we are sinners and can’t stop sinning on our own, we become meek. To be meek is living a God controlled life. When Jesus reigns in the coming Kingdom, the meek will reign with Him.

Matthew 5:6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Those who are hungry for righteousness are longing for God to make all things new. They are seeking to obey God and do His will. Righteousness is a right standing before God. We can’t get it ourselves but through Jesus. We are the righteousness of God only through Jesus Christ. One day He will perfect all things concerning us.

Matthew 5:7 God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Mercy is not getting what we deserve. To be merciful, means you are extending God’s compassion and mercy on others whether they deserve it or not. Because we have received the Lord’s mercy through repentance, we can give mercy to others. The Lord’s mercy endures forever.

Matthew 5:8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.

The pure in heart have made God their life. They have given Him their hearts and live for Him in thoughts, words and deeds. God is concerned with our heart. It needs to be cleansed of wickedness and wrong motivations. Being pure in heart is a work of the Holy Spirit in us.

Matthew 5:9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Peacemakers care more about bringing peace than being right. They bring good into other people’s lives. They help to bring peace and healing to the world by that attitude. Peace will never be found in sin.

Matthew 5:10-12 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Persecuted Christians must endure and not turn to the right or left, but lean and rely on the Lord throughout the persecution, no matter the consequences or cost. The Lord tells us plainly Christians will suffer and the world will not react lovingly towards us. The world hated Jesus and hates Christians as well. We must follow Jesus, no matter what. The Holy Spirit will provide you with glory strength to get you through. Persecuted Christians have a great reward in heaven.

God bless. Heal the brokenhearted, bind up all their wounds.