Matthew 5 begins with Jesus sitting on a mountain side, surrounded by his disciples and a huge crowd. The setting is much like an outdoor classroom, it’s often referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount”; and it’s a perfect place for Jesus to teach the Word of God that is written in the Book of Life.
The Word of God that existed from the beginning of time, began to preach what was in his heart.
“God blesses those who are poor in spirit and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.”
“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.”
“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.”
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”
“God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
These are the eight blessings of God, told in Matthew 5:3-10, that will be given to those who believe in the Jesus, the Risen Son of God; and though we walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death,
we shall not weary for our God is with us.
Hard times will surely come while on this earth, for Genesis 3 shows that we are living in the curse; but the time will come when Jesus makes his second return, as the lion and not the lamb. And when that happens He will destroy Satan and burn up all that is dead, and bring His people back to Him.
“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the very same way.”
You see, now that I am a true follower of Christ, I actually sit and listen to words that Jesus said. It’s as if I’m part of the crowd, drawing in and taking in His every Word. The blessings of God are not about the things we get in this world, but they are about the things we will receive when we enter the Kingdom of God. For in this world we are being asked to humble ourselves and to swallow our pride, to show mercy and offer forgiveness to those who hurt us inside. In this world we are being asked to mourn for the lost, and to hunger and thirst for God’s righteousness rather than focusing on what humans often call "critical race theory and social justice." The truth it is only through the the blood of Christ that there is true righteousness; God does not see the color of a person’s skin - He cuts straight to the heart and looks at the soul within.
In every human there is always at least one drop of sin, that is why Jesus had to come and shed His own blood. Without Jesus we are nothing but the walking dead, chaff that will burned in the fire when the end of days come. But when we choose to accept Jesus, as God incarnated, we understand how much he loves his creation of man.
So let us remember that God is with us, and his goodness and mercy will pursue us all the days of our life, and someday, we will forever humbly gaze upon His face.