Beatitudes For A Limited Audience

Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.  Then he opened his mouth and taught them. Matthew 5:1-2

Jesus withdrew from the crowd, went up on the mountain by himself, and was joined by his disciples. He began to teach the beatitudes.  Humanly speaking, His sermon could have benefited the crowd he left behind to possibly reshape their culture but instead, Jesus chose to share it with His chosen few.  Some messages just aren’t for everyone.

The beatitudes were a collection of kingdom principles so difficult that only the ears of true disciples could understand them. A group of religious leaders wouldn’t have grasped them because the spiritual posture of each beatitude could only be understood through a relationship with Jesus. True spiritual understanding is theology learned through intimacy with the Savior.

I have heard some anointed messages in my lifetime. By earthly definition, they weren’t always insightful or clever. Something otherworldly was transpiring. From the time the speaker opened his mouth, my heart was burning. As truths poured out in quick succession, I was too stunned to take notes. The message went to so deep a place that I couldn’t have explained to anyone what I was hearing. My body felt heavy under the warm hand of God and I just prayed someone had recorded it.

Such is the impact when reading the beatitudes.  When I take them in slowly, I am stunned by Jesus’ words. Each one is too hard for me to get my head around. I could wonder why Jesus would give a sermon if it were impossible for us to apply it?

The beatitudes hold up a mirror to His perfection and I see my fatally flawed reflection. Each one describes Jesus and I recognize my need for the Holy Spirit’s help.  With a personal Pentecost, I am able to walk by the power of the Spirit.

I can do things that look righteous but my heart can still be wicked.   Live through me and fill me with Your Spirit. Amen

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