Perhaps Jesus’ best know sermon is knows as The Sermon on the Mount.
This sermon contains what are known as The Beatitudes.
1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3″Blessed are the poor in spirit,
11″Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1-12)
Beatitude comes from the Latin word beatus which means blessed or happy.
Lesser known but carrying much the same message is what is known as the Sermon on the Plain. This sermon contains the following:
|20Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
23″Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.
24″But woe to you who are rich,
There is some question as to whether this represents one or two sermons. Matthew and Luke may have given their own spin on the same message.
Either way, the message was important enough to be reported in both Gospels. The question raised by these Words of Scripture is simple. The answer(s) makes it one of the Tough Issues of Christianity.
How should we apply, as disciples of Jesus Christ, the Beatitudes in our lives today?
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