Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them” (Matthew 5:1-2a, New International Version).
Today we reached the chapter that lended its name to this particular series, “Blessed…” when we start looking at The Beatitudes tomorrow we will read again and again, “Blessed are the….” the blessed are the people we most likely would consider those who are not blessed. Jesus would say we are wrong, without a doubt.
What grabbed me with today’s very short reading (we will have very short readings for the next several days) was the idea of being taught by Jesus.
Jesus had just recruited the first few disciples and before they could be of much use to him they had to learn. So, they gathered on a hillside and Jesus began to teach in what we call “The Sermon on the Mount.”
Can you imagine the thrill of learning from Jesus? Can you imagine the blessing? Wow. What a great opportunity.
Yet I can’t help but think the overwhelming majority of us would miss out. Why? Well, we take a pass on the opportunities that are given to us now. We can learn from Jesus today by simply picking up a Bible and reading from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John. Yet how often to we read and learn from the Master?
We all need to become more faithful in our devotion to Christ by studying the things He had to say. All it takes is a little time to read and respond. Andrew, Peter, James and John responded to the opportunity given to them and they didn’t really know who Jesus was.
We have an advantage. We know who Jesus was and is. Now we just need to learn what he had to say. When we learn, we will be blessed.
When was the last time you studied the words of the King?
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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