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Sermon on the Mount: Blessed Are Those...To Remember: Jesus wants us to be happy
Jesus spent a lot of his time on earth teaching. He often drew large crowds of people who were amazed by the things he said. Perhaps the most famous record we have of this is called the Sermon on the Mount. The beginning of Matthew 5 is called the Beatitudes. It lists the type of person who is happy. Let’s read it.
(Stop after each verse to discuss what the words mean.)
Matthew 5:1-12 1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: 2 and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,Jesus taught that we can all develop these attitudes. Some people today say they can’t help how they act, but that’s not true. We all have control over what we say, think, and do. Jesus knows what will make us happy, or blessed, because He made us. In this lesson he taught that we would be happy if we are meek (obedient), peaceful (not arguing a lot), pure (not dirtied by sin), merciful (forgiving and generous), interested in truth. He also taught that even if we suffered or were sad for His sake, He would reward His people, and comfort them.
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Jesus also taught by stories or parables. After discussing what it takes to be happy, Jesus said that we were to be like salt and candles. What do we have to do with salt and candles? Jesus said that Christians are like salt because they add flavor and preserve what is good. We must be careful to preserve and not destroy, or we are useless.
Jesus asked the people there if they ever lit a candle, and then put a big cover over it. Do you turn on a light, and then cover the light with a box? No - what’s the point? A light is supposed to shine in the darkness so people can see what’s really there. If I turn out the lights, you won’t be sure where anything is. If I turn the light on, you know for sure. Jesus said we can be like lights, letting people who don’t know the truth what’s real and what’s not. But if we hide our knowledge, we are useless to those who need our help.
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