Last Sunday at worship we looked at Jesus' Sermon on the Plain from Luke 6. I gave everyone an assignment at the beginning of the message: Memorize The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12). Here they are in the English Standard Version:“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We've been learning that the gospel -- the "euangelion" [in Greek] is 1) the good messenger, 2) the good message, and 3) the reward someone gets for bringing good news. That last one Christians don't think about much. Each of the nine groups Jesus mentions in the Beatitudes brings good news. Each is a good messenger. Each gets a reward. That's why they're "blessed". Maybe thinking of it that way will help you as you memorize.
If you want help memorizing Scripture or if you want to talk about these groups and why Jesus commends them, write back! Let's start a Beatitude Conversation!