Matthew 5:1-12 Now seeing the crowds, He went up on a mountain. And when He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
2 And He began speaking and taught them, saying: 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 the 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 men revile you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be very glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in this manner they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This text is known as the “Sermon on the Mount”. The “BEATITUDES”
Jesus, having seen the crowd, took advantage of the opportunity to teach the “Kingdom of Heaven” to the crowd and His disciples.
The word “Blessed” means “happy”.
In our world today too many people are finding it hard to live a life of true happiness because they are choosing to live it apart from God who is their creator.
The Bible declares that God made man from the dust of the earth and the man was dead and God blew the breath of life into the nostril of man and he became a living soul. A part of God is in us and that spirit of God in us has to be filled with the things of God which are spiritual things.
If “blessed” means “happy”, what was Jesus getting at when He said, “Blessed are the poor in spirit,” or “blessed are those who hunger and thirst”? Is He saying that true happiness can be obtained? Can we possess true and lasting happiness? YES!!!!!
True “happiness” to the world seems to be contingent upon what our circumstances are at the time and what we possess. True happiness is found in our relationship with God and not in the things that we have, nor in the things that happens or do not happen in our lives. God is the source of true “happiness’ in ALL circumstances of life!
Jesus reminds us in Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
The happiness that Jesus is speaking about has to do with transformation of the inner person through a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The Apostle Paul puts into perspective “true happiness’ in this way in Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
As we learn to trust and obey God and His Word, we will daily find our faith and trust in Him beginning to grow and our dependency upon Him growing too. Therefore, in the process of “growing in Christ” we are learning to find peace, joy and true happiness in ALL circumstances.
Pursuit of happiness outside of God is temporary, disappointing, painful and sometimes devastating.
We will never find true fulfillment and lasting happiness that Jesus speaks about in the “Beatitudes” in sex, extra marital affairs, pride, alcohol, drugs, partying, spending, status, power, money or any other thing that the world has to offer. No, they are all a temporary fixes and when the pleasures from those things come to an end you are right back where you started in feeling empty again and in need of another filling of something temporary.
This is why we must place our hope in Christ and not things or people. The bible declares that those who hope in the Lord will not be brought to shame.
Jesus drives home this point “the Kingdom” so long awaited for by His people in the Old Testament is not of this world, but of the next, the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Beatitudes not only shows us the way of life that leads to the saving of our souls, but they also offer us peace in the midst of our trials and tribulations while here on earth.
Does the beatitudes described by Jesus also describes you? Well, if you answered yes to this question, “GREAT” is your reward in heaven.