To his disciples the beatitudes are a proclamation,
Jesus was saying…
“this is what it means to be a part of God’s kingdom”
“this is what the new life looks like”
“this is your new character as a disciple”
To the crowds the beatitudes are an invitation to the new, blessed life.
To both groups Jesus makes it clear that the new life does not look like what one would expect.
We don’t naturally think…
5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit” or “Happy is the one that is spiritually bankrupt.”
5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn or “Happy is the one that mourns over their sin.”
In the beatitudes we see a progression of how God’s transforming work changes our character from the inside out.
Today we will look at what a disciple’s INFLUENCE looks like in the world.