We have been studying the opening section of Jesus’s teaching in Matthew chapter 5 which is known as the ‘Sermon on the Mount’. Jesus begins His sermon with a series of eight pronouncements regarding who is the blessed person and, frankly, they do not make sense to us. They seem like oxymorons!
These pronouncements are the prescription for life in Jesus’s kingdom. When life is lived under His reign, according to His truth, His design, and His intent for humanity, this is the pathway to the contented life, this the the way to be truly satisfied, this is the prescription for true happiness or “blessed-ness”, according to Jesus.
So we are examining His teaching to get our thinking in line with His thinking. We are examining His teaching in order to get our life in line with being part of His kingdom, which ultimately means doing life on earth as it is done in heaven.
Today we are going to discover that the truly contented person, the truly satisfied person, and the blessed person has a hunger and thirst for righteousness.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”Matthew 5:6 (New International Version, NIV)