Matthew 5:1-3

June 9, 2024

Beatitudes pt 1

The Right Side up Life  / Matthew 5:1–5


Jesus is going to show us how the most difficult places are the places where the Kingdom of God thrives.  

Matthew 5:3–5 ESV

“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.

This is a strange starting point.  We start from a broken condition, a less than position.  

That is displayed at the cross.  We can trust Christ’s words that life comes from loss because of His display at the cross. 

The flourishing life does not come a full tank.  It comes from recieving what Christ offers.  And that means recognizing where we are. 

This is the position that everyone seems to want to run from.  Why? Because it is the place that everyone has been.  Everyone has experienced the discomfort of poor in spirit and mourning. 

If you are poor in spirit, if you grieve, if you are meek, you are in good shape. Because you are in the condition to recieve. 

Christ came to take what is ugliest in us and call it the place of mercy.  

The beginning of the flourishing life is to cut through the illusion of the our delusion. 

We have been and are poor in spirit.  There are times when we still mourn.  And we haven’t figured out that meekness thing to well yet. 

Don’t make anything up. Don’t cover anything up. 

But trust Christ enough to be honest with Him this morning.  

That is condition for being happy because God does something about that. He not only speaks into that.  He changes the conditions entirely. 

We are not just poor in spirit, we have the kingdom of heaven.  

We are not just those who mourn, we are those who have recieved mercy

We are not the meek, we have the security found in the inheriting the earth.

And we remember that life comes from loss when we participate in communion. 

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