12 Days Beatitudes
At the beginning of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave eight Beatitudes that have formed a nucleus for understanding Christian living in a fallen world:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Those who can harness these traits grow closer in their pursuit to follow Christ's example. Each of these Beatitudes show how Jesus blesses His followers. Life cannot happen in this fallen world without any of these spiritual traits.
The Beatitudes are the basis for hope that this world is not the final world. There is a world to come where all the evil will be gone. Everything will go back to being "very good" as God had originally created it (Genesis 1:31). There are so many wrongs in this world. We can only survive through the hope in the world to come.
For this reason, Jesus begins His ministry by instilling hope in His disciples. Hope that does not disappoint because that hope is placed in Jesus. Jesus does not disappoint because He will return to bring all who believe in Him to live with Him forever. Amen.