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Jesus -- the Guru # 2

Let’s begin, then, to look at this teaching that the crowd found so amazing. Over the next couple of days we will be looking at what is commonly called the  “The Sermon on the Mount.”  This is found in Matthew  5-7.


 


A. Finding True Happiness in Life



Read Matthew 5:1-12



1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,2and he began to teach them, saying:


3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.


5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.


6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.


7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.


8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.


9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.


10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.



Notes:


vv. 1-2


Jesus sat, like an Indian guru, as He was teaching.

Whom did Jesus gather to hear His teaching? These words were not meant for everyone, only for those who wanted to be His disciples.



Are you looking for a worthy Master to follow?  Write down the attributes that
you want in your spiritual master:



Now we will study the life and teaching of this Master.  You can decide if He is to be your Master.



 vv. 3-12



These verses are called “The Beatitudes.”  “Beatitude” means “blessed.” Literally, the Greek word translated here as “blessed” means  “happy.”

What makes you happy:
___ When you are successful?
___ When you are wealthy?
___ When you are respected?
___ When you are healthy?
___ When your children are doing well?
___ When there is peace in your family?
___ Other? _________________________

Our great hope in life is to be happy.  What will bring us real, lasting happiness? How can we find it?  Jesus, the Master, begins his Sermon on the Mount with teaching on this great human quest for happiness.



Read the Beatitudes (5:3-12) once again.
How is Jesus’ description of happiness is different from ours.  Who does Jesus say will be truly happy?


Notes on the Greek (from “The Daily Study Bible” by William Barclay):  


3 – “poor in spirit” = those who recognize that God is our one strength and help in life.


4 – “mourn” = being sorrowful for our failings in life and for the failings in our society


5 – “meek” = self-control and humility


6 – “hunger and thirst” = what one lives and dies for


7 – “merciful” = feeling the pain of others


8 – “pure in heart” = motives are always pure


9 – “peacemakers” = bringing harmonious relationships between people vv. 10-12 – “persecuted”= to have something worth living and dying for




I would enjoy hearing your comments on Jesus’ list of who will be truly happy. How does Jesus’ list compare with your list and with the list of most people?


Also write any questions you have about Jesus’ list.


Looking forward to your email,


 


Yesudas



p.s. We see at the start of our study that to be a disciple of Jesus is to lead a whole different kind of life.  What kind of life will it be?  We see more tomorrow.


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