Blessed…. Blessed…. Blessed…. Blessed….Blessed…. Blessed…. Blessed…. Blessed…. Matthew 5:3-10
As we open the Gospels, the first recorded sermon of Jesus is the Sermon on the Mount, and His opening sentences all start with the words Blessed are, as He proceeded to tell us how to be joyful, fulfilled, and enriched in life. There were moments later, of course, when Jesus wept, when He condemned sin, when He rebuked error. But His overarching message was joyful. He wants us to be happy and joyful people by being poor in spirit, mourning over sin, displaying humility, hungering for right living, being merciful and pure, and peacemaking even during persecution.
Ernest Hemingway became one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, and he lived a life of adventure. He loved Spain, Paris, and his beautiful home in Key West, Florida. But his life ended tragically from despair and sadness. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know,” he said.
Shouts of joy and happiness are available to us now, but we can only find them in the teachings of Jesus Christ. A relationship with Him is the fountainhead of joy. Remember today that He wants you to be blessed. Rejoice! Be of good cheer! Let all those who know Him shout for joy.
It is His joy that remains in us that makes our joy full. A. B. Simpson
Matthew 5:5-16 – Skip Heitzig