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 5:6-16, covering the first three “beatitudes” of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount.”
For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. ~ 1 Corinthians 2:2
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
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
~ Matthew 5:3
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~ Matthew 5:4
THREE KINDS OF GRIEF/MOURNING
1) Over our own sins.
2) Over the sins of others.
3) Over the bad things that happen to people, through no fault of their own.
Blessed are the gentle (or meek), for they shall inherit the earth.
~ Matthew 5:5
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. ~ Matthew 5:6
χορτάζω ~ chortazó ~ (GREEK)
It means to feed, to fatten, to fill, to satisfy.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. ~ Matthew 5:7
A pretty standard human response to times of stress is “I have rights! I deserve this! I deserve that!” — “I just want what’s mine! I just want what’s coming to me!” Oh, thank God I don’t always get what’s coming to me! Are you glad that God doesn’t always give you what you deserve? If you’ve ever been pulled over for speeding and were let go with a warning instead of a ticket you know what I’m talking about.
Grace is when we receive something good that we don’t deserve.
Mercy is kind of the fraternal twin sister of Grace.
Mercy makes sure we DON’T get the bad things that we DO deserve.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. ~ Matthew 5:8
καθαρός ~ katharos ~ (GREEK)
It’s where the psychological term catharsis comes from. It means clean, pure, unstained, either literally or ceremonially or spiritually; guiltless, innocent, upright.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
~ Matthew 5:9
When we disagree with someone we can either choose to be right or we can choose to remain in relationship. We can choose to be right, deliver the crushing logic argument that obliterates their position once and for all, and puts them in their place but that typically also destroys any chance of a future relationship with them.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. ~ Matthew 5:10-11
Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven. ~ Matthew 10:32-33
Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. ~ Matthew 5:12
In fact, they persecuted Jesus Himself in the same way.
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
~ John 15:18-21
You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. ~ Matthew 5:13
Don’t forget, we are the salt in this illustration.
You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. ~ Matthew 5:14-16