Matthew 5:1-4

Pastor Maurice Williams covers the early beatitudes.

Matthew 5:1-4, commonly referred to as the Beatitudes, is a passage of scripture that outlines the values and attitudes Jesus Christ desires to see in His followers. In this passage, Jesus is speaking to a large crowd of people gathered on a mountainside. He begins by saying “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” which establishes that those who are humble and recognize their spiritual poverty will receive the highest reward. Jesus then follows this up with “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” which is a reminder that in times of sorrow, those who trust in Him will find comfort and peace.

The Beatitudes then transitions to “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth,” which is a promise that those who are gentle and resist the temptation to be prideful will be rewarded with a place in the world to come. Finally, Jesus concludes with “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled,” which is a promise that those who are passionately devoted to living a life of righteousness will be satisfied.

In conclusion, the Beatitudes are a powerful reminder of the values and attitudes that Jesus desires to see in His followers, and a promise of the rewards that will come to those who trust in Him and strive to live a life of righteousness. As Christians, we can take comfort in knowing that if we humble ourselves and seek to do what is right, we will be blessed with the kingdom of heaven.