Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
One of the saddest realities in Christianity today is to think the beatitudes is a condition to be blessed.
We teach people that they must:
Be poor in spirit,
hunger and thirst for righteousness,
pure in heart,
persecuted and falsely accused.
These are not conditions for us to achieve in order to be blessed. Those are the conditions of the Jews as they were oppressed by the Romans and the religious hypocrites of that day.
Now understand this. They were under tyranny of the Romans. Their only hope was actually in God.
Sadly their only form of relief, led to further oppression as the Pharisees, Sadducees and the scribes placed further demands in their already lost lives.
They were hence poor in every aspect. When Jesus said those words, he was describing to us, the condition of the people in Matthew’s days.
In other words, Jesus told them, because I (Jesus) am here, you will be blessed “as you are”.
This is a far cry from Deuteronomy 28 where you are only blessed if you kept the Law.
Here Jesus is saying the condition of your blessing is “me”.
Why do you otherwise would have thought Jesus abolished the Law?
It was because Jesus was replacing the conditions of blessings in their lives.
The point I am making is this. The Jews were at a point that they could find no rest. They had sought after their religion for it only to find further weariness from the Law and the teachers of the Law.
There was no way out.
Then a voice was heard saying, “come to me, I will give you rest”.
The Messiah had come. A new age has begun. You are blessed by being who you are. You are blessed because He loves you. Period.
Blessed are you because the Saviour loves you.