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Like good food, or other appetites, a hunger for righteousness is not an idea that I have a need which is filled and the story is now over. It is a compelling need for more, where getting a taste creates a desire to drink deeper.
Mourning is seen as a state of sorrow that is to be avoided, but it is a necessary step in acknowledging our sin and our need for a savior. The comforting that follows is only possible in the context of a sinner who mourns their sin, their lost condition, and their inability to save themselves.
Poverty of spirit is frequently misunderstood, as is the purpose of the Beatitudes. This passage is not meant to offer condolences to those who have had misfortune or difficulty in life. This passage is intended to turn on its head the conventional wisdom of how people perceive themselves and others.
In Luke's version of the Sermon on the Mount, we listen in as Jesus describes the upside-down kingdom he's come to inaugurate. In this kingdom, the excluded and rejected are in, blessed, and full, while the insiders and accepted are about to lose it all. This exceptional acceptance results in a new kind of love, not based on merit or return on investment, but rather on grace, shown by God and displayed by his kids. And this kind of love only grows when the roots and foundations of our lives are deep in the one-way love of God.
Today Jesus is going to get beyond our appearance. He is going to peer into our soul. He is going to address motives and attitudes. What do you think about your soul? Jesus’ teaching is going to be like a mirror for our soul. It is going to reflect back to us the way we truly are and then offer us hope. This is the power of the Sermon on the Mount.
Part 2 in Pastor Ed's series on the Beatitudes.