Oh The Joy

Jesus was on a mount in front of many who desired to hear His words. We all know that Jesus had a way with how He spoke depending on the crowd but each message was pretty much the same. The Beatitudes are really no different. We have, however, misunderstood what Jesus was saying. The selections are from the CJB so that you can understand it in a more clear translation.

and he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
“How blessed are the poor in spirit! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed are those who mourn! for they will be comforted.
“How blessed are the meek! for they will inherit the Land!
“How blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness! for they will be filled.
“How blessed are those who show mercy! for they will be shown mercy.
“How blessed are the pure in heart! for they will see God.
“How blessed are those who make peace! for they will be called sons of God.
“How blessed are those who are persecuted because they pursue righteousness! for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
“How blessed you are when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of vicious lies about you because you follow me! Rejoice, be glad, because your reward in heaven is great — they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way. Matthew 5:2-12

There is something about the Beatitudes that really hits the heartstrings. Now, most would call this a progression as it takes a person from start to finish of being a Christian. Okay, well, not so much. What is seen as a bad state here is blessed by God in the Kingdom and what is seen as prosperous is seen as bad in the Kingdom. Earthly values do not matter in Heaven. Pay attention to the woes in Luke, see the change?

He looked at his talmidim (Disciples) and said:
“How blessed are you poor! for the Kingdom of God is yours.
“How blessed are you who are hungry! for you will be filled.
“How blessed are you who are crying now! for you will laugh.
“How blessed you are whenever people hate you and ostracize you and insult you and denounce you as a criminal on account of the Son of Man. Be glad when that happens; yes, dance for joy! because in heaven your reward is great. For that is just how their fathers treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich, for you have already had all the comfort you will get!
“Woe to you who are full now, for you will go hungry!
“Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and cry!
“Woe to you when people speak well of you, for that is just how their fathers treated the false prophets! Luke 6:20-26

Humility is the Key

Jesus main message to all of us is to humble and treat each other as we are commanded to. Did you know that the word we know are preaching and teaching actually meant to demand? So Jesus commanded the joy (blessings) of the lowly, the mourners, the gentle, those who show mercy, and more. They who are those ways will have greater rewards in heaven that those who enjoy such rewarding ways on the earth.

Think about it, Jesus always flipped the script on those who thought they were going to have greater rewards in heaven because of their greatness on the earth. Boy are they in for a surprise when they get home, if they get home. Those that sacrifice earthly joy and happiness for suffering and serving will become like kings and queens under God. How great a life that will be.

So yeah, for those who suffer now and who will be suffering for Christianity, it will be all right. Have patience and accept ridicule with joyful humility. Sing praises in times of feeling weakest for we will gain the strength of all the Disciples who were martyred before us. We might not be killed for our faith but we will have a rough life ahead. I know it will be hard, but our pride in our faith will be shown through the outpouring of the Blood of Christ and His Love within us.

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