BEATITUDES I

SERIES: Summer on the Mount

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Journey Church

 

  • #blessed / Jesus unhitched feeling blessed from our circumstances
  • Beatitudes / Latin: beatitudo – Greek: Makarios = “blessed (happy, fortunate)”
  • Does Jesus’ kingdom life really make you feel blessed?
  • Gallup Poll, National Opinion Research Center, and the Pew Organization have found that spiritually-committed people are 2x more likely to describe themselves as “happy” than the least spiritually-committed people.
  • Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain / CDC report / 1999-2016 suicide increased in every state but one

 

TEXT

MATTHEW 5:3-6 (736)

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

 

  1. POOR IN SPIRIT (Recognizemy condition)
  • Jesus is speaking of spiritual, not material poverty
  • Word Jesus used means, “shrink, cower, or cringe” (like a beggar)
  • Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector (Luke 18:9-14, #800)
  • It’s not the self-righteous that are blessed, it’s the people who acknowledge their spiritual poverty apart from Christ.
  • Christians can get caught up in this (Church in Laodicea in Revelation 3), so can secular people (virtue signaling)
  • The people who are going to experience the kingdom of heaven are not the people who believe they have arrived spiritually, but the people who know and confess their need for the “riches of God’s grace” (Ephesians)

 

  1. THOSE WHO MOURN (Repentof my sin)
  • “Happy are the unhappy” (talk about upside down and backwards)
  • New Testament writers describe our sinful condition as spiritual death
  • “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.” – Ephesians 2:1 (895)
  • Do we mourn over our sin? Not the sorrow of bereavement (loss), the sorrow of repentance?
  • For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10 (885)
  • When we mourn our condition and repent of our sin, we experience the comfort of God’s forgiveness.

 

  1. THE MEEK (Reflectmy Savior)
  • Meek is not the same as weak / “gentle, humble, considerate”
  • ‘Meekness is essentially a true view of oneself, expressing itself in attitude and conduct with respect to others … The man who is truly meek is the one who is truly amazed that God and man can think of him as well as they do and treat him as well as they do.’ This makes him gentle, humble, sensitive, patient in all his dealings with others. – Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones
  • Jesus models meekness for His followers for the next three years
  • “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:29 (742)
  • Betrayal in garden / fight back / 12 legions of angels (60,000)
  • “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing…”
  • Stephen would repeat that in Acts

 

  1. HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Reorientmy appetite)
  • Hunger and thirst indicates a dire need – they will die if they are not filled
  • Biblical righteousness has a couple levels to it / personal: moral / communal: justice
  • Pure and genuine religionin the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. – James 1:27 (930)
  • Pharisees focused on self-righteousness and external efforts – Jesus wanted them to hunger for the change that only He could bring to their hearts

 

I have seen myself as I really am / I have mourned over my condition / I walk in meekness before God / I have a new hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness in my life

  • Jesus’ kingdom is counter-cultural
  • Our internal pushback = this doesn’t sound fun, it doesn’t sound blessed

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