Monday, October 3, 2011

Sermon on the Mount

Times goes by quickly. We turned the page on September and are now in October. The colors are changing, the air is crisp and cold in the mornings and the view is breathtaking from the mountains.

Perhaps it was like that when Jesus sat down on the side of the mountain. People were clamoring to get near him. Just touching him allowed the power to come out and many people were healed. Who knows how long the people had been there with Jesus. Scripture says they came to not only to hear him but get healed. Imagine the frenzy. If it had been proved that some guy was out and truly healing people the place would have been filled with people today. After everyone had been healed he looked at the crowd and the disciples and said this.

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Luke 6:20-23 (ESV)

Those who were instantly healed were more than willing to listen to the Great Physician. What they all don't realize is Jesus is about to turn their lives upside down. He first lifts up the poor. Of course the idea of being poor in America is SO different than back in Jesus' day. The poor lived hand to mouth and their lives were just plain tough. I picture such compassion in his eyes as he reassures the crowd that the poor will indeed inherit the kingdom of God. They will never be hungry again. You and I have no clue what it is to be hungry, they did. Someday they will be satisfied. I recently watched a video of the holocaust and to see the people just starving to death is heart wrenching. We have no clue.

What is the real message at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount? HOPE! In other words, this world is not all there is. Do we get that? If we truly understood that this is not all there is would we live differently?

As our world is turning upside down we need to remember that this is not our home, we are just passing through. That gives me great hope!

Till tomorrow

Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the ground each morning Satan says, "Oh crud, she's up".

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