Jesus’ message of wisdom begins with a series of sayings that are usually called “The Beatitudes.” Each of these sayings begins with the word, “Blessed.” The idea is happy. The idea is that Jesus is saying this is truly the person that is going to be happy, thus blessed in life. Now consider the impact of that offer as it relates to wisdom. Don’t you want to be happy? Asked a different way, “Don’t you want to be “blessed,” especially if the one doing the blessing is God? How are we blessed?
Perhaps you are surprised at the kind of person that Jesus labels as happy or blessed. Poor. Mourners. Gentle or Meek. Usually, not the kind or words associated with happy. However, in Jesus’ kingdom, these are the attitudes that bring happiness and blessedness. A real key to interpreting the Beatitudes, especially the beginning Beatitudes is found in Jesus’ pronouncement about his life that we find in Matthew 4:17, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” If we are going to hav