Beatitudes: 1

We just launched into a new Sunday School study of the Beatitudes. I have enjoyed getting reacquainted with what are quite possibly the first words of Jesus to his disciples as a group.

1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them saying:
3″Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11″Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:1-12)

Eight simple sentences that are the foundation for discipleship. Today, in class I tried to stress that sometimes what we hear or what we’ve heard or even observe in the example of others who are trying or at least think they are following Jesus can and often lead us astray. So, the hamster wheel of discipleship continues. But, is a hamster wheel what Jesus had in mind?

No!

That is where the Beatitudes come in. The Beatitudes are the road where we meet Jesus. You would think that for his opening words, Jesus would do something better. Like, “excuse me, I am Jesus…I am the creator, the alpha and omega. I am the son of God. Listen to me,” cue thunder and lightening. But, no Jesus begins his introduction to discipleship by speaking to his disciples about them.

So, my challenge to my teens this morning was to memorize these words. To read them over and over this week. Let them become to them a constant reminder, or an entry point to a life time of following Jesus.

The best thing about all of this is that no matter where we may be in our walk, because of the cross we can get off the hamster wheel, and start over.

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About Jason Retherford

The random musings of a youth minister.
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2 Responses to Beatitudes: 1

  1. Have you read “Walk This Way” by Tim Woodruff? Excellent companion to the Beatitudes.

  2. Jason Retherford says:

    Keith,

    I have not read the book, but we are using his material!

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