Aug 18, 2019
The Christian life is a paradox of sorts. Jesus said, “If we lose our lives, we shall find it.” Paul says that that God said that he is “strong when he is weak” and he also says that “having nothing, he possesses all things.”
Such is the Christian life:
We live by dying
We gain by losing
We reign when we surrender
We are strong, when we are weak
And in today’s sermon: We are RICH, because we are POOR! The world looks at the beatitudes and they say that these are the marks of a loser. Jesus gives us a NEW APPROACH to LIVING – guaranteed to make us WINNERS. To those who would protest that Jesus does not know what He is talking about let me propound this analogy:
Who knows about a product more than the manufacturer? When you get a new appliance, you need a manufacturer’s manual so that you will know what your appliance CAN and CANNOT DO.
Therefore God who knows us because He created us KNOWS what is BEST for us. God is not a COSMIC KILLJOY nor a COSMIC COMIC. His pronouncements are not PROBABILITIES but CERTAINTIES.
May we be BLESSED as we launch into this new series on the beatitudes. Not only does it talk about what our CHARACTER should be, but also our PORTION in the kingdom. The passage on hand has TWO CLEAR POINTS:
I. Christ’s Audience and Authoritative Teaching – vv. 1 – 2
II.Content of Christ’s Teaching (v. 3)
a) Happiness of the poor in spirit
LIVES ONE DAY AT A TIME
b) Reward of the poor in spirit
Our poverty of spirit is a declaration of our riches.