The Poor in Spirit

Sermon Text:  Matthew 5:3

The Beatitudes of Matthew summarize Jesus’ teaching, like the Ten Commandments summarize the Law of Moses. Jesus delivers the Beatitudes from a mountain, like God did when God spoke to Israel from Mt. Sinai, which is a hint that Jesus is making a new covenant with God’s people.

And Jesus is speaking here to his disciples. They will be the ones who will be poor in spirit, who will mourn, who will make peace, and so on. He promises them a reward, not in this world but in the coming world, which he calls the kingdom of heaven.

The radically different qualities and values of that coming kingdom are what the Beatitudes describe...Read full sermon here (PDF)