Dear Readers, Beloved of God,
Welcome Beloved of God! If you are presently reading this, I assume you have agreed to return for the remainder of our journey! We are getting closer to having to give our answer to the question before us: Is Jesus the Son of God? While we are sweetly pressing onward in our wonderful journey, I want you to ask yourself a question: Am I only on this journey out of sheer curiosity or Am I genuinely searching for the truth of the Holy Scriptures concerning Jesus Christ? I must be honest with you here. No matter which question describes you, you will, without doubt, be forever changed! We have journeyed this far and there is no turning back, so let us press forward!
As I mentioned at the end of part two, I wish to point out some unique qualities concerning Jesus from His “Sermon on the Mount.” You may be asking, what do the Beatitudes, “Sermon on the Mount” have to do with the Life and Person of Jesus Christ? Everything! They reveal a much sought after glimpse concerning His character and personality, and remember Jesus is God incarnate!
The Beatitudes are a basis for the Christian’s consecration and can be said to be the constitution and laws of the Kingdom of God. The law itself was founded on the principles of “right” and “wrong”. Nevertheless, the law could only demand outward obedience which posed a serious problem for mankind. The saints of old, as well as those of today, were not and are not able to obey a written list of compliance. Something much deeper had to occur in our hearts to enable us to conform to the commandments of God. The matter had to be taken straight to the heart, and that is what Jesus did in His teachings. He went straight to the heart of man (woman).
In study of the law of God given through Moses on Mount Sinai, one will notice the “tone” in which the law was delivered. There was thunder and lightning, the voice of a trumpet that waxed louder and louder, clouds with pillars of smoke, and the presence of destroying fire! This would have been a frightening sight and experience to say the least. Almighty God was speaking with a thunderous voice and the subject at hand was His law!
Now, in contrast, the message of Jesus was one of humility, charity, and brotherly love. He taught transformation of the inner person. Jesus presents the Beatitudes in a positive manner, virtues of life that will ultimately lead to great reward. Love becomes the motivation for the Christian. All of the Beatitudes have an eschatological meaning, that is, they promise us salvation- not in this world, but in the next.
The Beatitudes initiate one of the main themes of Matthew’s Gospel, which the Kingdom so long awaited in the Old Testament, not of this world, but of the next, the Kingdom of Heaven. The commandments given by Jesus on the Mount were not to do away with the old, but to make possible its fulfillment. Jesus Christ gave us the eight Beatitudes in “The Sermon on the Mount” to offer us a way of life that promises eternity in the Kingdom of Heaven and a pleasant life while on the earth. These Beatitudes are the foundation of God’s Kingdom and human happiness. They also reveal the beautiful and unique qualities of God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son! Consider the relation of the Mosaic Law (given of God) to the Law of Grace (as expressed in the person of Jesus)
“The Sermon on the Mount or the Beatitudes”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Were you able to see the differences in the “tones” of the Old Testament “Voice” compared to the New Testament “Voice?” Open your heart wide and allow Jesus to reveal Himself to you. Rest gently and quietly in His presence. Here, we shall stop and camp for the night. We will continue and finish our journey tomorrow. The scales of truth have been balanced and the gavel will drop! Is Jesus the Son of God? Until we meet again beloved, rest, rest in the presence of Jesus, for tomorrow we decide!