Tough Issues of Christianity: The Beatitudes

 

Perhaps Jesus’ best know sermon is knows as The Sermon on the Mount.

This sermon contains what are known as The Beatitudes.

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,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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,
for you have already received your comfort.
25Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets. (Luke 6:20-26)

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?

Shalom,

Art

Alive in The Word

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Missouri, USA Married to Marty, 45 years 2 sons (with 2 daughers-in-law) and 2 granddaughters Life dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and delivering the Good News
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One Response to Tough Issues of Christianity: The Beatitudes

  1. Reblogged this on A Study of the Book of Revelation and commented:

    Reblogged as part of the “Tough Issues of Christianity” series.

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