Blessed

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Today, we’ll pray through 141 words that literally turned the world on its head: The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

Want to be blessed? Ask the Holy Spirit to burn each and every syllable deeeeep into your soul.

Mercy, Not Sacrifice

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Jesus’ clash with the religious authorities begins to escalate:

Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

Jesus’ Witnesses

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Jesus wasn’t alone in saying who he is. He had several persuasive witnesses testifying on his behalf:

“If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true.

Cross Over

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Jesus continues the discussion started yesterday about who he is and why he came:

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.”

Like Father Like Son

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Jesus healed people on the Sabbath. Since there’s no prohibition against actually loving people and doing good on that day, Jesus didn’t violate God’s law. He did, however, go against the religious leaders’ hypocritical man-made rules and traditions and threatened their authority. So, they began to persecute him.

Here’s what Jesus said about that:

“Do you want to get well?”

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Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. He went to a pool called Bethesda, which was surrounded by people suffering from various disabilities. Legend had it that every once in awhile an angel would dip his wings into the water and stir it up and that the first person in would be healed.

A real healing occurred when Jesus arrived on the scene. Here’s what eyewitnesses reported:

New Wine

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John’s disciples came to him and asked him, “How is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?”

Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.”