Sunday, November 21, 2021
5 1-2 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:
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.
4 “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.
5 “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.
-Matthew 5:1-5 The Message
The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes
5 Verse 1: Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
Verse 1 study: We begin the teachings of Jesus starting at chapter 5 and go through chapter 7, and it is called the Sermon on the Mount. It got its name because Jesus gave his sermon on the hillside near Capernaum. This teaching covers what is to believe several days of preaching. In his teaching, Jesus proclaimed his attitude towards the law. He talked about position, authority, and money are not important things in his kingdom. Here is what is important to Jesus; faithful obedience from the heart. The sermon on the mount challenged the proud and legalistic religious leaders of the day. It reminded them of the Old Testament messages like Jesus taught that were heartfelt. Obedience is more important than the legalistic observance.
Verse 2: And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
Verse 3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Verses 1-2 studies: There were a lot of people who were following Jesus. He was the talk of the town, so everyone wanted to see him. As a result, the disciples were tempted to feel important, proud, and possessive because they were the closest associates to Jesus, the famous man. Not only being with Jesus gave them prestige, but also the opportunity for receiving money and power.
Before Jesus spoke to the crowd, he pulled the disciples aside and told them about the temptations they would face as his associates. Do not expect fame or fortune, but mourning, hunger, and persecution are what Jesus was telling them. Jesus did assure his disciples that they would be awarded, but not in this life. There may be some times that following Jesus will bring popularity. However, if we don’t live by Jesus’ words in his sermon, we will find ourselves using God’s message to promote our personal interests.
Verse 4: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Verse 5: “Blessed are the gentle, for they will inherit the earth.
Verses 3-5 studies: Jesus started his sermon with words that seemed to contradict each other. God’s way of living usually contradicts the world’s.
If you are ready to live for God, you must do things and say things that may seem strange to the world. Be willing to give when others take, love when others hate, help when others abuse. Giving up your own rights to serve others, you will one day receive everything God has in store for you.
In this world today, being famous can come with consequences, good or bad. So I pray today that following you, we can be popular in your name through representation to you and not in our own interest. In Jesus’ name. Amen.