People whom Jesus bless
Reading: Matthew 5:1-12
Jesus would bless these 8 kinds of people.
Let's see who they are.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus will bless the poor in spirit.
Who are they?
They are spiritually hungry.
They want to know God.
They are hungry for God.
They desire to know the eternal God.
They pray to get to know God and obey God.
They know that they could not live without God.
So they pray:
“God, help me.”
They will have the kingdom of God.
God will say:
“The Kingdom of God is for you.
You take it.
You are hungry after me.
You trust me.
You depend on me.
So have all of me and have what is mine.”
2. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Who are mourning today?
Who are sad about injustice and inequality in this world?
Who desire to turn things around?
Who are feeling sorrow for what is going on in this world?
Who are mourning for what they lost?
Who are sorrowful for their wrongdoings?
Who repent because they are sorrowful of their sins in their hearts?
Who weep for their past spiritual laziness?
Who regret things?
Who regret that they didn’t pay attention to what God is saying to them?
Who regret that they didn’t help those in need?
Who regret that they didn’t maintain their heart pure before God?
Who mourn in Jesus Christ?
Who pray that Jesus may redeem their lives?
Jesus will comfort them and restore their life.
Jesus bless them to live wisely.
Jesus will bless them to make good choices according to God’s will.
Jesus will bring them to the right places where they can be fully alive and be useful to God.
3. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
David also said: Psalm 37:11
“The meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.”
David seems to say that the meek are those who wait for the Lord.
David said: Psalm 37:9
"Those who wait for the Lord shall possess the land."
The meek means gentle and patient.
The meek in God are also hopeful.
So they wait.
What else do the meek do: Psalm 37:5–8
They commit their way to the Lord.
They do not worry, when people succeed carrying out their wicked schemes.
They are not annoyed, when the wicked prosper.
They do not worry or not be annoyed, because it leads to evil.
Instead they refrain from anger and turn away from wrath.
The meek trust in God.
They know that God has the power.
God is in control.
God knows what God is doing.
So the meek trust their way to God, because God is gracious and will work out for the best.
They wait for God’s work in their lives.
So they are quiet and steady in the midst of all the changes.
They are calm and still before the Lord and wait patiently for God.
Then God does his work and rewards them.
God defends them and calls them righteous.
God gives them the land where they can work and rule.
In the Bible we meet some people who are meek.
For example, God said Moses was meek.
How meek was he? Numbers 12:1–16
One time his sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron criticized Moses:
They spoke against Moses, as Moses married a non Jewish woman whose skin was darker.
Then they said:
"Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?
Has he not spoken through us as well?"
Moses was humble and didn't say a word.
He didn’t worry because he knew God is in control.
So he waits for the Lord.
Then God came to his defense.
The Lord said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam:
"Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting."
Then the Lord rebukes Miriam and Aaron before Moses.
Jesus said something like this, too: Matthew 11:29
"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jesus was saying:
“I am meek and humble.”
Jesus has the meek and humble character of God.
God who is meek helps the meek to help people to know who God is.
Jesus will make the way for them to inherit the earth.
Paul said: Galatians 6:1–2.
“If a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of meekness.”
James also said something like this: James 3:13 and 17.
“The truly wise person is the truly meek person.
True wisdom is peaceable, gentle, and open to reason.”
4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Who is hungry for the right thing?
Who wants what is right for this world?
Who has to have peace and justice?
Who desires the right thing to be done?
Who is eager to have what is totally good?
Who pray to create something good and right for God and for people?
Who is hungry and thirsty for what Jesus is hungry and thirsty for?
Who prays that Jesus may accomplish his will in their life?
Who prays “God, help us”?
Who is thirty for the mercy of God?
Who wants to know the whole truth?
Who desires to understand the mind of Jesus?
Who studies what Jesus says?
Who desires to know the life of Jesus?
Who obeys Jesus and speaks for Jesus?
They will be satisfied, because Jesus God will satisfy them.
Jesus trains them to know the whole truth.
Jesus will guide them to know the whole truth.
Jesus will inspire them and guides their minds.
Jesus will show them the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus will do his works to accomplish God’s will on earth.
Jesus will use them.
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Who are merciful in God’s way?
Who are merciful according to God’s plan?
Who wants to help people in God’s way?
Who are kind?
Who love and support the poor?
Who works for the poor?
Who build homes for the poor?
Who serve the poor, even when they are not appreciated?
Who look after the poor, even when they are persecuted?
Who practice the love and mercy of Jesus God?
To them God will show his mercy.
God will use people to show his mercy.
6. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Who has a pure motive in heart?
They will see God whom other people don’t see.
Who has a pure intention and motive toward God?
They will serves God as they have a loving relationship with God.
They may do what is right in the eyes of God and live purely with God.
Watch out for those who live a holy and pure life in Jesus.
Watch out for those who are honest with God and with people.
Their words will purify this world.
Their lives make people purer.
Jesus will approve them and say about them:
“They see God.
I will guide them to see God.
They will see me.
I will show them the mind of God so that they understand God.
I will protect their heart to be purer.
I will help them to maintain their heart pure before God.
I will send them the Holy Spirit who makes them even purer.
The Holy Spirit creates a new and pure heart in them.
The Holy Spirit removes various obstacles from their hearts so that they may have purity in heart.
The Holy Spirit will live with them and love them.”
The Bible says: Proverbs 16:2
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”
So Jesus may ask people:
“Who do you say I am?
Who am I?
Do you think I don’t see?
Do you think you can serve me in whatever way you want?
Who do you think I am?”
Jesus knows people not through their words and actions.
Jesus God sees their hearts.
People may deceive others including themselves.
But Jesus God sees and understands.
Eventually their fruits will show who they were.
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Who are peacemakers?
As God empowers them, they make peace and harmony between God and humans beings; and among people.
They patiently try to include everyone into their circle of love?
They pray to build a society where every innocent culture is welcome.
They seek peace and pray for peace.
They know that God loves them.
So they have the heavenly peace in their soul.
As God dwells in their hearts, they have the inner heavenly peace.
As their heart is filled with God’s peace, so, they choose peace.
And they share inner peace with others as they know that God loves everyone.
So they pray for peaceful relationships and peaceful societies.
They pray to build up a peaceful families and churches of God.
They pray for peace between denominations and between religions.
They constantly promote peace.
They pray to build a peaceful world.
They pray and help people to live peacefully.
They will pray to keep their nations safe.
They will pray to suggest a godly system for their nations.
They may travel far and wide in order to create peace.
They seeks the wellness of everyone.
They see Jesus as the Prince of Peace.
Jesus will call them the children of God, as they do the workers of God.
Jesus will give them his energy of love and discernment.
Jesus will use them to speak to this world.
8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus knows that people would be persecuted because of him.
Those who live to speak for Jesus may be persecuted because they speaks what is right.
Those who speak what God asks them to speak may be persecuted.
But who is going to keep on speaking the truth when people complain about them?
Who is courageous enough to speak and follow Jesus like that?
Who want what God wants?
Who understand God’s righteousness?
Jesus who is God came to show God.
But there were people who tried to kill Jesus God, because he spoke the truth.
They didn’t like Jesus and the truth.
They lied about him and fought against the truth.
They hated Jesus and beat him.
They spit on the face of God.
They might have wanted to be God instead of serving Jesus the Son of God.
These people would not like those who follow God who is Jesus.
So they would resist to when God’s people say the truth.
They may treat God’s people not nicely.
They may persecute God’s people.
They may insult God’s people.
They may lie about God’s people.
They may kill God’s people.
But God’s people want to live for Jesus.
So they bless those who persecute them.
They rejoice and are glad because Jesus is with them.
Jesus continually empowers them to speak for God in this world.
Then Jesus will give them the kingdom of God.
Jesus will give them the Holy Spirit, because God has chosen them.
Jesus will reigns with them
Jesus came to bless these kind of people.
God bless these 8 kinds of people.
May we also bless these people.
And by the grace of God, if we live like God’s people, we rejoice because God is with us.
We are glad, because God will take good care of us.
God will show up.
And we will see the result.
Jesus, our Savior, thank you for blessing your people.
So we had hope.
We are glad you are our God.
May you receive all the praises, worship, glory and thanks forever and ever.
In Jesus’ name we pray.