Jesus, the local boy, came to Nazareth as an itinerant rabbi and was given an opportunity to have his say. His audience, full of proud Nazarenes, understood Isaiah 61 to mean foreign neighbors would serve them and make them wealthy. With everyone listening intently Jesus read this familiar and deeply beloved passage. Yet to their shock and amazement he stops reading at the very point when judgment and servitude is pronounced on the Gentiles.
“I wish I would have talked about Jesus more,” a colleague who has given more than 30 years to living and working overseas shared. He went on to explain what it means to follow Jesus. I will be writing several articles to share his insightful thoughts. I pray you will have a greater understanding of living in the Kingdom of God.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matt. 5:4
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matt. 5:5
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matt. 5:6