The Savior’s Sermon is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount! The Sermon on the Mount starts with the beatitudes. Every beatitude all begin with blessed. Blessed, blessed, blessed. Another word for blessed is happy. An overriding theme of Jesus ministry is to show us that what the world thinks of us isn’t what we really are. There are many who look at Christians and think, “they must be miserable,” but we are blessed, truly happy. Let’s go to our text in Matthew 5 for examples:
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. God gives us all our earthly needs; he provides for us spiritually too. All of you are righteous and holy, right now. Listen why this is true. God tells us in Romans, “Righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” God fills you up with Jesus’ righteousness. Think of your life like a bucket with a hole in it. No matter how hard we try, we can’t plug the hole – we haven’t started to fill the bucket back up. God opens the floodgates of his grace, our lives overflow. God only sees full buckets; we’re perfect in his sight. But for Christians who hunger and thirst for righteousness, that’s not good enough. We want to produce right deeds for our God. In his mercy he lets us. Jesus tells us how in the Gospel of John chapter 15. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Someone asked me once if it’s hard being good all the time. The life of a Christian isn’t one of misery. Those who see us as sad may never understand our joy. Jesus reminds us Happy are the sad. You’ve heard the expression that God helps those who help themselves. I don’t agree with that. I think, according to the wisdom of Jesus that God helps those who help others. Want to hear more of Jesus’ wisdom? Watch this week’s message taken from Matthew 5.
Speaker(s): Fred Guldberg