Springboarding off of the Apostle Paul’s life focus, clearly expressed in 1 Corinthians 2:2, Pastor Greg launched an “open-ended” message series on January 12th, 2020 – focusing on “Just Jesus.” He is walking us through the entire New Testament, pulling passages from the Old Testament for context, and keep us focused throughout the year on “Just Jesus.” This week he covers Matthew 5:1-4, covering the first three “beatitudes” of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.”
From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” ~ Matthew 4:17
Matthew is constantly showing us three things about Jesus.
1) He is the prophesied Messiah – fulfilling all the prophecies about the Messiah. He’s already shown us several prophecies Jesus fulfilled.
2) He is the New Moses – the new authoritative voice and teacher of God.
3) Jesus is Immanuel – He is God with us – God in the flesh – God in human form.
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying … ~ Matthew 5:1-2
What is a beatitude?
μακάριος ~ makarios (GREEK)
to be happy, to be envied, a condition of supreme blessedness.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3
πτωχός ~ ptóchos (GREEK)
refers to the crouching and cowering behavior of a beggar.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. ~ Philippians 2:5-7
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:4
πενθέω ~ pentheó (GREEK)
to mourn, to lament, to feel guilt. To grieve over a death; to grieve over a personal hope or relationship that dies. To feel sadness over a death, a ”manifested grief” so severe it takes possession of a person’s actions and thoughts and cannot be hidden.
A three-fold application of Jesus’ command to mourn
1) We should mourn over our sinful condition
2) We should be tenderhearted and mourn over the sins of others when we see others sinning.
3) We should mourn loss and pain that comes our way through no specific fault of our own, through no specific fault of others, but simply because we live in a world broken by sin where bad things happen to good people.
My God, my God, why have You forsaken me? ~ Psalm 22:1
Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 5:5
Blessed are meek, for they shall inherit the earth. ~ Matthew 5:5
πραΰς ~ praus (GREEK)
gentle or meek
This is a word that was used to refer to a powerful, wild stallion who had been broken to the will of its master. Meekness is not weakness but rather it refers to exercising God’s strength under His control, demonstrating power without undue harshness.
1) Jesus is a leader who leads by example.
2) Jesus is a leader who makes His expectations of His followers clear.
3) Jesus is a leader who rewards performance.