Thy Kingdom Come!

Re: Verse reading–Matthew 5:1-16 (day two)  When Jesus said that people who were poor or mourning or persecuted were “blessed”, He was not being insensitive to the injustice that frequently comes with life.  He was, instead, declaring that none of these pains are “worthy to be compared with the glory that will be revealed in us”  (Paul’s words in Romans 8:18).  Jesus believed that the Kingdom was coming.  Already present, coming in fuller measure, the Kingdom was something He prayed for and believed in.  (Note the future tenses used in this passage, they will be comforted, they will inherit the earth)  This future confidence gave Jesus a different perspective on life and trouble.  Who are the truly blessed people of this world? –those who have a place and a reward in the world that is to come.  “Do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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