Matthew 5:3-7 “Citizens of the Kingdom” part 2
Friday, November 28, 2008– Here are my notes from Pastor Tim’s sermon of a couple of weeks ago. My note taking skills are not what they used to be! Voof! I really need to improve in this area.
Matt. 5:3-7 “Citizens of the Kingdom” part 2
In these Beattitudes Jesus is telling us what it means to be a Christian in the world. He begins by describing our Character. Being a Christian like the Sermon on the Mount shows simply cannot be done on our own; it must be wrought by God.
What does it mean to be blessed? To Be happy? The world would say it means being wealthy, beautiful, powerful, etc. But Jesus says being blessed is being in a right relationship with God. Who are the “blessed ones”? those who are poor in spirit, mourning over sin, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, etc. We are to long for righteousness, hunger and thirst for it. Our cry to God is a cry of longing for His Righteousness. The Jews in Jesus’ day knew oppression under Rome, no righteousness was going to come to them politically. The righteousness that we long for far surpasses any righteousness we can get in our modern day political process as well.
I. The Desire for Righteousness- We long for that which we lack. We have to first be convinced that we are missing righteousness before we can long for it. We must acknowledge we are bankrupt spiritually and have no righteousness of our own. A lot of churches today preach a false gospel of Health & Wealth and say the better off you are in $$$ the happier you are, the more blessed you are. The Health & Wealth gospel tells you about Your Best Life Now or how to Become a Better You.
II. The Thing Desired–But true blessedness comes when we seek the right thing, His Righteousness. To seek His righteousness is to seek his salvation for our soul. More religiosity does not lead to righteousness. The Pharisees were very religious and Jesus says that our righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees. We are saved when Christ’s righteousness is applied to us. We are never saved by our own righteousness- we have none. It is only the righteousness of Christ that saves us. His righteousness is applied to us when we trust in him. We need a justifying righteousness. Every sinner needs a declared, accounted and justifying righteousness found only in Jesus Christ. We want to be like him in righteousness- sanctification, to be made right.
III. The Blessing of Righteousness– In Christ’s righteousness we find Satisfaction. Reminds me of the old Rolling Stones/Mick Jagger song, “I can’t get no, Satisfaction” As long as we try to achieve righteousness on our own we will never be satisfied. In vs. 7 we see Blessed are the Merciful. Christians are to be merciful; we are called to a life of compassion. The Spirit calls us to be poor in spirit, to mourn over our sin, to hunger for righteousness and to be merciful. Mercy is love for those in misery, love for those who need forgiving like us. Luke 10 is the story of the Good Samaritan. Are we compassionate to the depressed, to our subordinates at work, to those who hurt us? Those who give mercy have experienced God’s mercy.