Thursday, March 17, 2011

Doctrines of Jesus Christ - Jesus preaching on the mountain

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I got a chance to think about this last month and when I studied got a different picture than a normal thought. When we read the Jesus famous mountain sermon.

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, (Mathew 5:1-10)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 
When we read this, many people doubt what it means by poor in spirit! Here Jesus tells us some thing very important, one should understand that he/she is spiritually nothing without God. When one realise that, it is the first step towards repentance! Then it’s the time to approach Jesus so that one can be filled in spirit. You will see the same expression of Psalmist in Psalm 40:17 “I am poor and needy; Yet the LORD thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer;”

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“Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.” 
When one understands he/she is sinned, the guilt will bring tears to them. You will read the same in Psalm 119:136 as follow: “Rivers of water run down from my eyes, Because men do not keep Your law.” And in his epistle James says like this “Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep!” (James 4:8-9) Jesus was talking about this mourning not about our grief. Jesus is the only one who can take away your guilt.

“Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.” 
When we read this, its easy for us to understand that Jesus is talking about weak people who doesn’t have any power. But the words meek have different meaning, it means humble, gentle, modest or submissive. Which means one who is meek is submissive to God in every work. Jesus promises to those who are ready to go according to His guidance will finally rule this Earth when He returns.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled”
Here it is clearer when Jesus specifies hungry and thirsty for righteousness. This is a prayer of Psalmist in Psalm 42:1-2 “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” Righteousness in Jesus is His standard for our faith. Under this scale we will be measured. And His promise is if you are hungry and thirsty for it, you will be filled in His grace.

“Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy”
Finding mercy in the eyes of God is the key to your salvation. When David seeks mercy from God, he says this: Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD (Psalm 25:7). Jesus referring to this scripture “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Matthew 9:13, Matthew 12:7) was declaring His doctrine of love.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” 
Seeing God is not a very simple thing, it is the desire of every Christian. But who can see God? Jesus clearly states here that only pure in heart will see God. Bible says Lord knows everything in our heart (Romans 8:27), what is in it and what is your desire. People may Judge you by your doings but God will Judge you (Jeremiah 17:10) by what is in your heart. This shows one important thing, good deeds should proceed from a changed good heart but a good deed cannot make a pure heart.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God”
In worldly view, it is easy to call a Nobel peace price holder as son of God with respect to this verse. But is it the real meaning of these words? A peacemaker brings two parties to same table, here Jesus points to two parties: a sinner and God. If one brings sinner to God, they will be called as sons of God. What can bring a sinner to God? Precious blood of Jesus Christ! (Colossians 1:19-20). Here Jesus was saying there will be blessings for one who preach or share Christ’s Gospel with others.

“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”. 
Here Christ is directly to His point, one must stick to His kingdom even in the midst of persecutions. He will bless them with the robe of righteousness at the end (Revelation 3:4-5).

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