(SERMON BY LIZ HONEYFORD)
This video was named “The Most Beautiful Moment in Rio 2016.” Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (NZL) fall in the 5000m heat but support each other before getting up to complete the race. These two women dared to do something different than what was expected. Either woman could have won this race but instead, they won the love of the spectators.
We need more kindness in the world.
Into this corrupt world, Jesus came. He didn’t join any side. Instead, He talked about the love of God. He revealed the heart of God in His words and actions. He spoke of a different kingdom . . . a different power.
We’re heading into a long series – the teachings of Jesus. Matthew 5-7. We’re going to sit at His feet from now, right into the summer as we look at the Sermon on the Mount. His words. He describes the kingdom so differently than anything we experience on this earth. Don’t hear these words as high ideals or words to follow. Rather, let His words get into you, knowing that He only ever speaks the truth.
To be like Him in any way requires Him.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5.3
“Blessed” – a deep sense of wellbeing, no matter the circumstances.
“poor” – destitute, voiceless, invisible, can’t do it on our own
“poor in spirit” – spiritually bankrupt, brokenhearted, can’t rise
Jesus has a special place in His heart for the brokenhearted. He’s saying that those who know they are spiritually poor are blessed and spiritual poverty has only one solution – Jesus.
This is good news.
If we recognize our brokenness as we stand before God in this needy posture, we are the ones who will receive life through Jesus.
Sin separates us from God. We were born separated. We’re not able to heal ourselves. No matter what we do, we can not reach God by our own doing. God in Jesus came to this earth to set up His kingdom. Then He died and took our sin. Therefore, our sins died. Sin no longer keeps us separated from God. Jesus was raised so His kingdom is set up on this earth. Now we’re in this kingdom of new life and this kingdom of heaven is in us. Light and life. This is where we find Jesus and our true selves.
This is where we find blessing.
Jesus is the only one who stepped forward – He took our sin problem onto Himself so His risen life can live in us.
This is the starting point – spiritual poverty.
Without spiritual life, we’re spiritually dead.
God’s kingdom is radically different than our culture. He touched the untouchables. He is the Man of Sorrows. He draws near the brokenhearted. Until we recognize and allow Him to touch our own broken hearts, we can not touch others.