The “Sermon on the Mount” is no less than the greatest sermon ever preached, given by the greatest teacher who ever taught. It is as filled with priceless wisdom as the Super Bowl is filled with excited fans! The first part of Jesus’ message that He gave on a picturesque mountainside overlooking the Sea of Galilee was given basically to tell us how to be truly fulfilled (way beyond surface happiness) and in priority position before God.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Come to God as a destitute beggar, pleading humbly for God’s grace. Only God possesses mercy and grace.
“Blessed are those who morn.” Come to God with deep sorry and repentance for your sins. Only God in Christ’s blood can forgive you.
“Blessed are the gentle.” Come to God with meekness and humility. Throw your pride and arrogance out the window. Only God can save you.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Come to God with a desire for His grace as a horseless cowboy falls face first into a desert spring after days of desperate travel in Death Valley. Only God can quench your thirst for righteousness and establish your home in heaven.
“Blessed are the merciful.” After you’ve come to God, give the same mercy and forgiveness that he gave to you. Only a true believer can forgive like God forgives.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” After you’ve come to God, desire only pure thoughts, only pure movies, TV, magazines, and only pure conversations. Only a true believer can be happy thinking only about thoughts that make God happy.