The Beauty of the Gospel
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:20-21)
At first glance, the opener for Jesus message doesn’t exactly make sense: “If you’re poor, hungry, and weeping, you’re blessed!?” Most people would look for another church if that was what they heard on a Sunday morning!
But we have to remember Jesus wasn’t teaching on earthly matters, He was speaking of spiritual matters. And spiritually, this opener is dead on.
See, if we accept the fact that God is real, and that He is who He says He is… creator of the physical universe, holy and righteous, eternal, without equal… then we must accept the fact that all of life is encapsulated in the context of our relationship to God.
And Jesus is speaking in terms of recognizing the reality of our relationship to God.
Poor – We have nothing that God needs, yet God has everything we need. The person who recognizes this is now in a position to receive from God.
Hungry – Humans desire many things, but when a heart desires relationship with God, that person is now in a position to receive from God.
Weeping – Humans are prideful, but when a person recognizes that they are a sinner, guilty and deserving death, that person is now in a position to receive forgiveness from God.
That my friend is the beauty of the gospel: We come to God poor, hungry, and weeping, and God turns our destitution into heavenly citizenship; turns our hunger into satisfaction; and turns our weeping in the joy!
We can change the world, one life at a time…