Week 35   Day 2

 

 The topics most talked about in Matthew's Gospel are 

            the Old Testament Scriptures 

            the kingdom of heaven 

            money and possessions 

            happiness 

            humility 

            prayer 

            fear and faith  

            angels 

            the day of judgment 

            and the big question, asked in many different ways

                        What does it mean to be righteous?

 

 

On an extraordinary day
            when many people
            were experiencing

            the wonderful miracle of healing  

                        a great cross-section of people would have been there

                        and the mood would be of

                        joy and celebration 

On that day Jesus said in effect

            I'm going to tell you something about happiness

 

Each beatitude contains

            a startling statement beginning with the word "Blessed"

            followed by a divine promise of fulfillment

 

We want to say, "No, Jesus, you have that wrong!" 

But when we ponder his words in our hearts

            we know the words are true

                    because this is where we meet God

                    and our fellowman

                    in meaningful relationships.

 

 

 

                        THE BEGINNING OF JESUS' MINISTRY

    The beatitudes describe those who belong to God's kingdom.

                                                 Matthew 4 & 5

 

    18Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called

Peter, and Andrew, casting their net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 

19He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." 

20They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

    21Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James and John, in

the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets.  He called them,

22and immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.

    23Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching

the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds

of disease among the people.  24His fame went throughout all Syria; and

they brought to Him people who were afflicted with various diseases

and torments, and those who were demon-possessed, epileptics, and

paralytics; and He healed them. 

    1Seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was

     seated His disciples came to Him.  2Then He taught them, saying:

3          "Blessed are the poor in spirit,

            For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4          Blessed are those who mourn,

            For they shall be comforted.

5          Blessed are the meek,

            For they shall inherit the earth.

6          Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

            For they shall be filled.

7          Blessed are the merciful,

            For they shall obtain mercy.

8          Blessed are the pure in heart,

            For they shall see God.

9          Blessed are the peacemakers,

            For they shall be called the children of God.

10        Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake,

            For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

     11"Blessed are you when they revile you, and say evil against you

falsely for My sake.  12Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is

your reward in heaven; so they persecuted the prophets before you.

    13"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how

shall it be seasoned? 

    14"You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

15Nor do they put a lamp under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it

gives light to all who are in the house.  16Let your light so shine, that

they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
                 This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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