Blessed? Blessed!

The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Rejoice and be glad because great is your reward in heaven.

“Blessedness” denotes transcendent happiness of a life beyond care, labor and death.  It describes god-like blessedness and the social stratum of the wealthy who are above the normal worries and cares of this life.  But this is a stark contrast to the reality of this world.  The Kingdom of Heaven is breaking into this world now.  And we are beginning to experience the blessings if only as a shadow of what is to come.

Jesus doesn’t want our demeanor to reflect our current situation.  Instead, He wants our demeanor to reflect our coming situation.  Our demeanor is not based on what is happening now.  It is based on the promise of the blessings to come.  Do you want a blessing?  Do you want the blessing of the King?  Hold on and do not let go until you receive the blessing…and you will never be the same again.

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