Thursday, March 13, 2014

Jesus' one-liners

Now, I know that "Jesus" and "one-liners" don't seem to go together in your mind, but Jesus was the master of one-liners. We call Jesus' one-liners the beatitudes and we find them recorded in Matthew 5:3-10.

“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 children of God.10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Back in college I memorized all of these, so they've been rolling around in my head for years. Even so, these eight one-liners are constantly challenging to me. 

They form the introduction to Jesus' most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. They are not only attitudes that should "be" in our lives, but are the foundation of how to do life as a follower of Jesus.

This Sunday at Hub City we're going to talk about what they mean and how they are both a mirror and a standard for those of us who call ourselves Christians. 

I hope to see you on Sunday at 9 or 10:30 at Hub City Church.

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