The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes

Kevin Carlson

“Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them…….”

And so begins what is known as the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew chapters 5-7).

Our Friday Devotionals will take us on a slow trek through a segment known as the “Beatitudes” (51-12).

Sitting at the feet of Jesus and allowing him to teach us. “His disciples came to him…..” What a wonderful place for us to go, purposefully, expectantly, that we too may hear Jesus speak and teach. All sources of this teaching comes from the Scriptures, the Bible. In the good and not so good times God still wants us to hear, learn and know his communication. God has spoken and still speaks through this same spoken word we know as the Bible.

Have a read through Matthew 5:1-12. Note how the word Blessed is used nine times. Beatitude (from Latin) means, Blessed. Good News translation uses, “Happy”.

Jesus’ speech and teaching frequently turned and turns the World’s values and Life Meaning and purpose upside down. Indeed, Jesus says, “I have come that (you) may have life; and have it to the full” (John 10:10). Jesus invites us to enter his Kingdom, the Kingdom of God.

Over recent weeks all our lives (the life of everyone on the planet!) have been turned topsy turvey. But we all remain either in or outside God’s Kingdom and Jesus, through the cross invites everyone in. Let us be encouraged to turn to Jesus, sit at his feet, and allow him to speak and teach the values and character of those who enter and belong to his Kingdom. God bless you in this day.

Prayer

Our gracious Father, we thank you for this new day given to me/us; this brand new day that will be filled with new opportunities. We remember afresh your love and commitment to the world you created. Your promises are new every morning and never fail. We confess our sin and take confidence that because Christ has died and risen, we find our forgiveness and by grace, and grace alone, we are saved for all eternity. We rejoice in our salvation and in confidence can say how nothing, no hardships or suffering can separate us from the love of Christ. Teach us Lord in these times, the pathways we should walk and the decisions we should make and to trust in faith your word spoken.

We pray for our families scattered. We pray for our Church family. We pray for our community in Wangaratta, our State, our Nation and our World. For leaders and decision makers. We pray for mercy upon our World and for your Church Faithful to be empowered and rise up to be light in these darkened times. Indeed, challenge us each one, as we begin this day, watch over and guide all our speech and activities. Through the name of Christ our Lord.  AMEN

 

Hymn: I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Celtic Source) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74kyfROS4q8