June 2, 2013 “Blessed Bankruptcy”
Open your Bibles to Matthew 5:1. For the next several weeks we are going to camp in a portion of Matthew’s Gospel that is called the Beatitudes. Let’s all stand as I read these amazing verses. Read Matthew 5:1-12. Before being seated just let you mind dwell on this radical truth that Jesus sets out for us … yes, for us! It may be hard for you to imagine someone being congratulated for being bankrupt or broken or hungry or meek or persecuted or insulted. But if you and I can understand these words of Jesus, and the radical life He calls us to live, we’ll find ourselves living at a higher level than ever in our lives. Be seated and keep your Bibles open to Matthew 5.
You’ll need a few background details in order to get the most out of our study of the Beatitudes. The word, by the way, comes from a Latin word that means “blessed” or “to be congratulated.” Of course, each statement Jesus makes in this section begins with the word “blessed.”