Summary: A sermon that examines the beattitudes and the blessings that we recieve from them.
Blessings of a Christian
How many today do not assume the blessedness of a Christian. What I mean by this is can people look at us and know that we are disciples of Christ? If not then it is time for us to examine our life and ask God to be our guide. To many today say hey I am a Christian but if you look at their lives you can see no evidence of it. God did not tell Christians to put their light underneath a basket and hide it. No instead He said to let it shine. Why are we embarrassed about our Lord and Savior? Jesus was not embarrassed by us so we have no reason to be embarrassed by Jesus.
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus Paid It All
Imagine a man before a judge who has been given the choice of paying $100 or serving 90 days in jail. The man doesn’t have any money, but does have a invalid wife and five hungry children at home who are depending on him and him alone. He tells such a heartrending story that the courtroom spectators are moved with pity and take up a collection to help pay the man’s fine. Although it is unlike him, even the judge chips in. Altogether they raise $99.95. Even though they are only five cents short, the judge declares that the entire $100 must be paid, and orders the bailiff to take the man to jail. He dejectedly walks out of the courtroom, thrusting his hands deep into his pockets...where he finds—A nickel! Elated, he rushes back into the courtroom and slaps it on the bar before the judge, declaring “I’m free, I’m free!” In his mind, what saved him?? The $99.95, or the five cents?
If we did anything to merit our salvation, we would be forever boasting about it in heaven. The fact is that we could do nothing, so Jesus paid it all.
Verse 3 say Blessed are the poor in spirit: For their’s is the kingdom of heaven. If we are in the Spirit (a believer) we are blessed because we will inherit the kingdom of Heaven. God loved us so much that He provided a method by which we could be reconciled with God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior at that very moment we are adopted by God and we become His Children with all the right and privileges as His sons. What a blessing it is to know that no matter what happens to our physical bodies we have a land, a home where we belong just waiting for our return.
Verse 4 says Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. What a blessing we receive when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior. He promises that we will be comforted during our trials and tribulations. Though the enemy may take your life or the life of a loved one, though trials may be placed upon you, though snares and stumbling blocks my be placed in our paths, God will be there. He is there to comfort and strengthen us as we face life difficulties. To often we depend on ourselves or others and they fail us. God will never fail us if we truly believe He is there comforting us.