Sermon for November 4th, 2018
The Beatitudes begin what is commonly referenced as Jesus most famous sermon. The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin <em>beatitudo</em>, meaning “blessedness.” The phrase “blessed are” in each beatitude implies a <em>current</em> state of happiness or well-being. This expression held powerful meaning of “divine joy and perfect happiness” to the people of the day. In other words, Jesus was saying “divinely happy and fortunate are those who possess these inward qualities.” While speaking of a current “blessedness,” each pronouncement also promised a future reward. But why do you think Jesus started with these? I think in order to understand all of this we have to answer the questions, what are these beatitudes? Do they spell out conditions we must meet in order to inherit eternal life? Do they celebrate the power of God in the life of the disciples? Could it be both? How do we know?
Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.