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LUKE - Christ, the Savior of the World
A Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Christ according to Luke

PART 3 - JESUS' MINISTRY IN GALILEE (Luke 4:14 - 9:50)

7. The Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6:20-49)

LUKE 6:20-23
20 He lifted up his eyes to his disciples, and said,“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when men shall hate you, and when they shall exclude and mock you, and throw out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake. 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven, for their fathers did the same thing to the prophets.

Now, having showed us the first stage of the life history of the Savior Jesus, Luke places us in the midst of the preaching of the Son of God, who addresses people, looking particularly to his newly called disciples. Do you see, my dear brother, Christ’s eyes looking at you? Do you hear his holy words addressed to you in person? He beatifies you for you are poor and needy. Because all men are poor and needy in relation to the glory of God, we all die, but he lives. We are all imperfect, but he is the Perfect One. We are evil, and he is Righteousness. We are all unclean, and he is holy. We are sick spiritually and bodily, but he is the source of health and safety. We are unwise, but he is wise. We are characterized by treachery, but he is called Faithful. Compare your life with God, O man, and confess your sins, faults, evil, and ungodliness, so that the word of Christ “Blessed are you poor” may reach you. Jesus does not beatify only the poor in money and mind, but all men, for we are beggars, living from the crumbs of the grace of God.

Now, Christ has appeared among us. The fullness of Godhead dwelt in him bodily, and the powers of heaven come out of him. The multitudes touched him, and the riches of the love of God flow out of him to all people. He has given his life for the poor evil world. In him we obtain all blessings of heaven. He is the King who reigns in the kingdom of God, and his kingdom is present in him as a plant in its seed. Whoever accepts him becomes rich, righteous, and blessed as God is. Do you wish to become as rich as the Creator? Look at Christ. Take hold of him eternally, and he will beatify you indeed.

All men hunger for God. They do not know that truth, but seek to quench their thirst to peace through amusement, movies, and drugs. Did you hear love songs by radio? They are all but one cry for true love, hunger for mercy, and longing to God who is hidden from them. All men seek the Highest, but they are blind, and do not know what they are looking for. They clearly strayed from the right path, and were about to die out of thirst for that peace. Blessed are you if you realized that your soul thirsts for the word of God, and your heart hungers for the spirit of grace. You ask for remission of your sins, reconciliation with your Lord, and comfort for your hopelessness. If you seek God, Christ will assure you of heavenly happiness, for he is willing to be personally your spiritual nourishment, as he offers himself to you in the Lord’s Supper. By his word he satisfies your hunger for the knowledge of righteousness, and gives your soul its pleasure. The hunger of body is for a season and a time, but the hunger of heart is forever. Eat Jesus and you will be filled, for he is the Bread of Life for many.

Did you ever weep over your sins? Did your own mud ever disgust you? Do you suffer from your haughtiness? Are you frightened of the coming judgment on the world? Blessed are you if your offenses tormented you, and you felt the judgment of God by your own affection. Then when you become broken to your self, and cry, “Help! Help!” Christ leans toward you, saying, “Your sins are forgiven you. You have been justified and sanctified by grace. Believe on your Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household. Accept what he offers you of peace, atonement, and purification, and you will be delivered from the power of sin, and will dive into God’s peace and eternal joy. We do certify to you that the cross of Christ is the Sabbath of our peacefulness. We laugh in hardship, and are consoled in death, for God is with us, and Christ in centered in our hearts.

His love prompted us to follow him, and his power qualified us to serve. Do you want to become a servant of Christ? Then poverty will be waiting for you, in addition to contempt, and hatred. You will be mocked, and your old friends will leave you. Your family will probably throw you out. Never mind! Jesus Christ commands you to leap joyfully, and to continue in gladness, for your reward is God himself. His glory will be your dress. Be delighted at his virtues, for his love made you love, and his patience renewed you into a meek lamb. Then you will be looking forward to the coming of Jesus who will come again for your complete redemption. Are you waiting for this unique moment, the moment of supplication and joyfulness? He is coming quickly.

PRAYER: O Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof. But only speak a word, and my soul will be healed. We are all not worthy of your visit. But only speak one word, and we will be filled with your peace, and the power of your love.

QUESTION 50: Who are the poor, hungry, and weepers in Christ’s beatitudes, and did he promise them?


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