The Beatitudes: A Kingdom Perspective on People who are Blessed
August 19, 2022 • Matthew 5:1-12
Jesus’ well-known Sermon on the Mount begins with what we today call the Beatitudes, a series of sayings in which Jesus describes who among us is blessed. There’s no question that his list of “blessed people” differs significantly from our cultural perspective, much as it did in Jesus’ day. As Jesus corrects our understanding of who is blessed, he challenges us to consider not only groups of people but also the characteristics we value. As we study Jesus’ words, we discover that he’s teaching us how we should be…or become…if we want to reflect the kingdom of God in our own lives.