From the previous post, we look at who we are as the people of God. This Sunday our Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-11, which makes this plain, who we are in Christ.
When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
“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 gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive 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 have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. (Matthew 5:1-11 NAS)
If we look at these words as demands/expectations, they seem almost impossible. Am I merciful? Am I pure in heart? No, that is beyond me. Ideal, yes, but not realistic on my own.
But what if Jesus is the perfect fulfillment of each of these descriptions? What if to know purity in heart is found in Jesus himself? That changes each of these characteristics from demands to descriptions of Jesus. Then those descriptions apply to everyone who believes in Jesus, not by performance but by faith.
Theses descriptions then fit with the poster from the previous post.