This lesson is one that speaks for itself, because there is nothing I can add to it that is not already spoken in plain language. However, please allow me the opportunity to bring you into the setting as Jesus presented this very important lesson to his disciples.
Jesus often presented his teaching up on a mountainside. His disciples came to him, and he sat down to teach them. Large crowds would gather and be seated on the slopes below him. Much of what Jesus said referred to the ideas that had been promoted by the religious leaders of the day. The disciples, the closest associates of Jesus, might easily have been tempted to feel important, proud, and possessive. However, Jesus told them that instead of fame and fortune, they could expect morning hunger, and persecution. Jesus also assured his disciples that they would receive rewards, but perhaps not in this life.
The Beatitudes describe how Christ’s followers should live. Each beatitude tells how to be blessed. To be blessed means more than happiness. It means to be favored and approved by God. According to worldly standards, the types of people whom Jesus described do not seem to be particularly blessed by God. Nevertheless, God’s way of living usually contradicts the worlds. Jesus explained, “God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.” Only those who humbly depend on God are admitted into the Kingdom of Heaven. The final consumination of all these rewards, and of the kingdom itself, lies in the future. However, believers can already share in the Kingdom (as far as it has been revealed) by living out Jesus words.
Now here is the message that Jesus gave, which we call the “SERMON ON THE MOUNT”
When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:
You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.
Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. (Matthew 5:1-12 MSG)
Be Blessed, my brothers and sisters, for your purpose in this life is to serve and bless your fellowman. We minister to you from a position of peace, purpose, power and prosperity. I remain your brother in CHRIST, PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER!