Summary: What a topsy-turvy kingdom the kingdom of God is! Its priorities and attitudes seem comletely opposite to our inclinations and earthly ways. This is a sermon about Kingdom Attitudes.
Kingdom Attitudes Mt 5:1-12 WBC 14/3/4am
Mention: the Passion of the Christ. Be praying about who to invite. Video Clips next Sunday. Our Easter Services will focus on it
Interesting introduction: Jesus went up… sat down… opened His mouth (NIV ‘began to teach’)
- us: ‘well, yeah… AND!”
But it’s really like a 3 fold rum roll to get your attention:
- are you ready for this? Don’t miss this!
- Are you sitting comfortably (Rabbi’s sat to teach).
- Then I’ll begin: the Word of God is about to speak into your life
It’s a message to ALL (crowd, 7:28)- not just the 12… about the attitudes of the Kingdom of God (heaven)
= the rule of God, where things are done His way
- these are His attitudes
This is the toughest stuff, ever!
- Xianity is not for wimps. The sermon on the Mount is not for wimps
o (many love it but don’t KNOW it!)
1st things you realise is: “I can’t do this!”
- at all… on own
= part of its purpose
- can only attempt it with God
- it builds reliance on God
- shows God’s standards- perfection
o so even the ‘law perfect Pharisees’ aren’t good enough- and, like us, need God’s grace
2nd things is- this is a topsy-turvy kingdom
- not like… opposite to… the kingdom of this world
o has us acting differently
o sees things differently
the key thing it wants you to see differently is ‘blessing’
- now, unfortunately, we’ve got the wrong handle… used the wrong handle… for centuries here
- traditionally called the Beatitudes – from Latin Beatus- which means blessed/blessing
o “yeah, that’s right, blessed are the…!”
would be okay if the word here MEANT blessed!
- if it were blessed, then the Gk word would be eulogetus (like Eulogy- to bless, praise, make happy. Equiv of Hebrew barak)
o which- if it were would cause me a problem in this context because it just aint true:
“happy are the poor in spirit?”
• “those who are martyred, persecuted?”
Nope- it’s not eulogeo/eulogetus- blessed/happy
- it’s macarios (“I thought so!”, I hear you say)
- no, seriously- this is important. THIS word means fortunate, well off, approved, to be envied
get your heads around this one… this topsy-turvy principle of God’s Kingdom:
- if something… anything… happens in your life to make you realise you need God… to draw you to God
o you are fortunate. Well off. To be envied
- because- your eternal destination, wellbeing and blessing has been secured
o whereas others … who have had so much… only have the rewards of THIS life
that’s nothing to be sneered at- but infinity is infinitely better
Illustr: remember realising this at UKC. Who’s the fortunate ones, then?
Do you understand? OUR kingdom… THIS kingdom… puts priorities the wrong way around- as though this is all there is!
- God’s kingdom, God’s ways, are different. Eternity is prioritised. What WE think a curse can often be a blessing
ISA 55:8 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.
ISA 55:9 "As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways