The Beatitudes by Joe La Bianca
Matthew 5:3 to12
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. We are sad about the way we are. We are sinners and we feel it. But because we admit this, Heaven is ours in Christ.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted. Jesus won’t let us mourn over our sin forever. The cross is our joy. Joy only comes after sorrow. If we never admit that we are sinners, we will never be happy about Jesus freely forgiving all our sins.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth. Pride will keep us from acknowledging our sin. But the meek and humble will finally win. The believer will stand on the last day.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled. We have confessed our sin to God, so this sin is gone. But we are still empty inside. We need to be filled with the righteousness of Christ. We are dry vessels. Jesus, deluge us in Your goodness. All this comes by faith. So because of faith in the cross, we are cleansed of sin and fill with a goodness that is not our own. This is grace!
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy. We know that we have been wiped clean of every wrong, and we are also filled with the goodness of Jesus by grace through faith. This great gift of mercy causes us to give mercy too. The only way to be merciful is to receive mercy. The self-confident are too self-assured to be merciful. They have earned their way (they think). Why should they cut anyone else some slack? But the knowledge of absolute forgiveness enables us to forgive others absolutely.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. To have a pure heart means to have an unmixed heart. See only One thing, Christ and Him crucified. Do not see two things, Christ and something else. Because the heart is pure, we will be able to perceive God, and His Christ.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God. When someone brings the Gospel of the cross to others, they also bring peace between God and man, man and man, and man and himself.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The world rejects this doctrine of imputed righteousness. When we tell that in Christ we have the only righteousness, the world will strongly oppose this. This is carrying the cross.
11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. It hurts to be insulted, but Jesus takes away the sting. We know that what they say about us is a lie, and so does God and all the believers, for they go through the same thing. So let’s be glad because Heaven is ours. The Eternal place is ours by grace. Let the world have this temporary place of sin, we are inheriting all things!! We are in good company when we are persecuted for Jesus. We are with the ones who are with God. Never be ashamed that you’ve been put down by someone whom God opposes.
So, your spirit was down, you were mourning over your condition, you were humble enough to confess your sin to God, and you hungered after something more than just being forgiven. God has also filled you with all the goodness of Jesus by imputation and this has changed your view of those who sin against yourself. Now you can forgive others. This is because you see only the cross and put no confidence in the flesh. Your faith expressed makes all kinds of peace; peace with you and God, peace with people and God, peace with people and other people, and peace inside the heart of the hearers. There is a price to pay, however, not to God but for God. The small price to pay is the rejection of the world. The world lays the crosses on us, our Father does not. But yet in all, we are told to be happy, and for a good reason. Jesus knows our wonderful endings. He can see us with Himself right now, in Heavenly realms in Christ. So trust in your Savior, and wait for the everlasting blessedness which is given to all who just believe.