‘The greatest blessing of being blessed’ (Matthew 5:1-2)


When Jesus spoke to the crowds who came to hear him in what is called the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ in Matthew 5:1-2, he began by detailing the characteristics of those who belong to His Kingdom. This part of the Bible is called the ‘Beatitudes’ and as someone has wisely said, it contains the ‘be-attitudes’ that disciples of Jesus must adopt. But before Jesus outlined these characteristics, he pointed out that those who belong to his kingdom are truly ‘blessed’. While the world vainly searches for happiness in so many things, Jesus wants us to know that as His people we are already blessed beyond what the world could ever imagine. To know more of this blessing is a better goal than all that the vain pursuits that the world may offer.