Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to him. And
he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“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 meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus reaches into our hearts, to comfort us, to strengthen us, to encourage us, and to inform us of the days to come in the Kingdom of God. Today, this world, is not all that there is. We know this, but from time to time we forget.
Psalm 145:8-19 in the Old Testament also reflects on the glory and majesty of God affecting past, present and future:
“The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
The Lord is good to all, and his compassion is over all that he has made.
All thy works shall give thanks to Thee, O Lord ,
And all thy saints shall bless Thee!
They shall speak of the glory of thy Kingdom,
And tell of thy power,
To make known to the sons of men thy mighty deeds,
And the glorious splendor of thy kingdom.
Thy Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom,
And thy dominion endures throughout all generations.
The Lord is faithful in all his words,
And gracious in all his deeds.
The Lord upholds all who are falling,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look to Thee,
And Thou gives them food in due season.
Thou open thy hand,
Thou satisfies the desire of every living thing.
The Lord is just in all his ways,
And kind in all his doings.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him,
To all who call upon him in truth.
He fulfills the desire of all who fear him,
He also hears their cry, and saves them.”
Generations, from Old Testament to New Testament, repeatedly tell us of the glories of God’s Kingdom to come. Jesus taught us how we are to treat one another when he taught us how to pray:
“Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done.
On Earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation.
But deliver us from evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
Now is the time to look into our own hearts, and allow the breath of God’s Holy Spirit to heal us, and all whose lives we touch. These are promises from God, reminding us that God’s Kingdom not only affects today here on earth, but in his Kingdom to come, for all eternity.
Bless You All