Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
by: Chris Galarneau.
Jesus drew crowds everywhere He went, but He did not try to sugar coat His message to make it more appealing. In the text, we see that Jesus laid out a picture of life that ran against not only the culture of their day but ours as well. The covenant He represents has a different set of values from that of the world. Those living a life by the values that Jesus laid out will see tremendous covenant blessings from heaven. Today, prayerfully ask God to transform your heart and mind to align with His values instead of those of our culture.