The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached

GUWG-BlessedWe continue our journey through every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

For the next 40 days we’ll be sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to the greatest sermon ever preached in the history of the universe: The Sermon on the Mount.

Let’s set the stage …

Here’s what the Bible says happened right before he started to preach:

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

(Matthew 4:23-5:2)

Jesus didn’t start with an amusing anecdote or a handy outline of 3 basic points or even a Bible verse. Instead, he aimed straight for people’s s, beginning with 141 mind-blowing, counter-cultural, ultra-revolutionary words that turned the world on its head, known today as the Beatitudes. Pray through them all:

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.

BLESSED
are those who are persecuted
because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

BLESSED
are you when people insult you,
persecute you
and falsely say all kinds of evil
against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven,
for in the same way they persecuted
the prophets who were before you.

(Matthew 5:3-12)

AMEN!

Starting tomorrow we’ll do an in-depth study of each beatitude. Until then, be BLESSED.

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