Ada — After Christ called His first disciples to follow Him, He began His ministry in Galilee. He was “teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people.” (Matthew 4:23)
Christ’s fame was spreading rapidly as He did miraculous deeds. Due to this, people were very interested in the things that He had to say.
As the crowds gathered, Jesus took the opportunity to address them and teach them the basic, timeless principles of Christianity in what is known today as “The Sermon on the Mount.”
As in nearly any powerful speech, Christ captured the attention of His audience in the introduction. He began by promising blessings of hope to the hopeless and rewards to the faithful and obedient.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” — Matthew 5:3-12
To understand these things, we must look at them from the perspective that Christ was speaking from, rather than from a fleshly perspective. In fleshly terms, those who are poor possess very little and those who mourn are miserable. The mind of the flesh tends to be short-sighted, and Christ was speaking with eternity in mind.