As we begin a new series in the New Year, I'm excited to focus on Jesus's Sermon on the Mount in this new four-part series. We're starting with the Beatitudes where Jesus gives descriptions of what it looks like to flourish and thrive in this life because of the arrival of His kingdom. He gives us an entirely new way to live! And it's inherently countercultural to what our world defines as blessing.
The message of the Beatitudes is not reserved for those who have every materialistic luxury. In fact, Jesus initially taught this message to a group of people who were historically oppressed and marginalized. And the Beatitudes are not a to-do list for Christians, but instead a definition of Christ followers and how they walk in the newness of Christ's kingdom. It's a declaration-when you find yourself in these conditions and you're a follower of Christ, you are blessed.
As we go into a new year, remember that our God is a promise keeper and He is not forgetful of us or His promises. While this season may carry both joy and difficulty, we have good news! God kept His promise in sending a Savior into the world, Immanuel, God with us.
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