You Are Blessed

January 4, 2011

Matthew 5:1-12

The Beattitudes (Matthew 5:1-12) should not be seen as the Ten Commandments of the New Testament.  Jesus is making an announcement that the kingdom of heaven is a present reality and, therefore, we should consider ourselves “Blessed.”

He takes the first four (poor in spirit, mourners, meek and hunger and thirst for righteousness) to describe the fact that when these people are at their lowest, God is with them.  He uses the next four (merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers and persecuted) to describe what happens to a person when they respond to the overwhelming grace of Christ in their life.

Look at the identical ends of verse three and verse ten (“. . . for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”).  It is as if, instead of a ladder of steps to reach the blessings of God, he gives us a circle which starts and ends in the same place and which says that no matter what is happening to citizens of his Kingdom, God is always pouring out blessings them.

Also, take a look at the only new command that Jesus gives us in this passage in verse twelve.  He charges those who belong to the Kingdom to, “Rejoice and be glad, for great is (present tense) your reward in heaven.”  I wonder what our worlds would look like if we stopped looking at how we don’t measure up and started looking to how God is constantly blessing us and calling us to, “Rejoice and be glad.”

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4 Responses to “You Are Blessed”

  1. Scott Hayden said

    One thing for sure, all the so called “news” shows would be out of business! Thanks for the thought.

  2. […] had a great first night of Kingdom at Valley Mills.  If you missed it, you can read a summary here or you can download the teaching […]

  3. […] has pronounced us “blessed” (Matthew 5:3 – see teaching here) and has turned his attention now to dismantling the “ladder to God’s blessings” […]

  4. […] Jesus steps into this world and brings a message that we are more than animals, more than grass; actually, we are “blessed.” […]

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