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Jesus Is So Opposite

By pastorbillwalden

The teachings of Jesus are so opposite from this world’s values.
Consider Jesus’ words to His disciples in Matthew 5.

Matthew 5:3-12
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.
12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The word blessed is the Greek word makarios, which means happy.

Oh how happy are those who see their own spiritual poverty, and who mourn about it, and grieve over sin wherever they see it.
They are meek and are hungering and thirsting for righteousness.
They are are merciful and pure in heart.
They seek to make peace.
They are persecuted because of righteousness, and are reviled and persecuted because they love Jesus.
Jesus says that they are the blessed ones, the happy ones.

Jesus is so opposite from this world.
Those who live for Him will be increasingly like Him.
Oh how happy they shall be.

4 Responses so far

Well done, Bill. You are so right that the world and Jesus are opposite one from the other. Oh how we long for there to be unity, but I am not willing to live in the reduced world when the Kingdom is the alternative. The Beatitudes are a gift. This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Pastor Bill

I Read over Matthew 5:3-12 replacing the word “blessed “with he word “happy”.
Again the Lord used you to clarify His word for me.

When my daughter Sara was little she had many wants. many of them she could not identify but she wanted them anyway, she would boldly, and loudly state,. “I want what I want!”. she wanted thinsg that would make her happy. I am reminded by Matthew 5, that I do not know what will make me happy, only Jesus does, and now may I “Want what He wants for me”,.. John Lukas

Pastor Bill;
Thank you for these reminders. It’s a continual battle to recognize the influences of the world, which are continually coming at us everyday, and to resist them in faith.

These verses also support how opposite God’s ways are from the world’s ways: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For it is written [in ISAIAH 29:14]: ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called.

Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

But God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him.

It is because of Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Therefore, as it is written [in Jeremiah 9:24], ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.'”

Thank You, Heavenly Father for Your holy word that speaks life into our hearts and lives. May we hold onto Jesus with all that is in us and may we walk worthy of the calling for which You’ve called us in Him. Please help us, in our weaknesses, to find Your strength and to be led by Your Holy Spirit. Please help us turn away from the way of the world and it’s teachings. Please help us hold onto Your truths and hide them in our heart. Please help us love You more and more. Please help us draw closer and closer to You and let go of anything that would hinder the work of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Thank You for opening our eyes to Your truths and to Your ways which are opposite from the ways of this world in which we life. Thank You, Heavenly Father for Your love and Your presence in our lives everyday. In Jesus’ name we thank You. Amen.

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