Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor
When Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5) some of us think, “Well, there just went my blessing! Ain’t NO WAY I’m gonna be like that. I just can’t!”
But even though we don’t like the image of a wimpy, meek guy, or even a wimpy, meek gal, if we’re basically good-willed, we hope that someone would at least stick up for them, don’t we? Hopefully we would.
What we need to see, is that this is exactly what Jesus is doing here in the Beatitudes. Dallas Willard puts it like this:
The Beatitudes take those who, from the human point of view,
are regarded as most hopeless, most beyond all possibility of God’s blessing or even interest,
and exhibit them as enjoying God’s touch and abundant provision from the heavens.
Jesus, in the Beatitudes is giving us a glimpse of God’s Upside Down Kingdom. It’s upside down to us, only because we don’t have it right side up! It’s a new day w/Jesus! Now thru him the most unlikely people are in on God’s blessing! (more…)