A quick survey of our lives and we quickly and easily find things that makes us #blessed. We are blessed with family and friends, food and games, sports and entertainment, toys and riches. A quick survey of survey of Facebook or Twitter and you will find people counting themselves #blessed for all kinds of blessings. Even the person in the most desperate situations can find a reason or two to count themselves blessed. We are all #blessed in more ways than we can number.
Jesus would heartily add his “Amen” to our thanksgiving as we count the blessings that God has poured into our lives. He would thoroughly agree that our family is a tremendous gift of God. He would completely concur that good friends are an awesome find. Jesus thoroughly encourages our thanksgiving for all these blessings.
Then, he would add nine more reasons. Then, Jesus would give us nine more reasons that we are #blessed. When Jesus sat down on the side of a mountain one day, he opened us mouth and nine times said, “Blessed are the … for theirs is.” “Blessed are the… for they will…” Jesus piles up reasons that we are #blessed! (Read Matthew 5:1-12 to get the whole list).
He piles up reasons that we are blessed, but it’s not what you’d expect. In fact, when you first read through these blessed statements (we call the Beatitudes), you might even say, “That’s not true!” “Blessed are the poor in spirit…” “Blessed are those who mourn…” “Blessed are the meek…” Really!?! Really, Jesus!?!
And Jesus would nod his head and say, “Yes. This is most certainly true!” Here again, Jesus would heartily add his “Amen” to ever word that comes out of his mouth.
In these nine blessed sayings, Jesus aims to teach us truths that aren’t immediately clear to us, things that are counterintuitive, truths that we might even think are false and untrue. Jesus wants us to believe these truths and find joy in this blessedness that comes from God.
This Sunday (2/5) we’ll be taking a look at these blessed sayings of Jesus because we want understand what Jesus is saying here. We’ll dig into these seemingly counterintuitive truths and find out that they aren’t false at all. These are blessed truths which, when we understand them, will be a great blessing to us.
Join us as we kick off a brand new series: Jesus // Uncut: A sermon series on Matthew 5.