The Magnificence of Mercy
Would you find again the beatitudes? Matthew Chapter 5, we're calling these the keys to the kingdom. And these are statements that Jesus Christ has made, and He begins each one of them with the word blessed. The word blessed is almost hard to translate. We could say happy, but it means more than happy. It means fulfilled. It means with joy. It means complete. It may mean to be congratulated. All of those things and more are wrapped up in that Greek word Macarios.
Listen as the Lord Jesus Christ gives these beatitudes. We've said almost every Sunday, the attitudes that ought to be. ''And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: when He was set, His disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'' And there He meant, blessed are those who see their spiritual condition, that they see that they are bankrupt, paupers, in the sight of a righteous and a holy God. The word poor here doesn't mean just without much, it means without anything.
Then verse four, ''Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.'' And so you see, when we see what we are, in and of ourselves spiritually, in our hands we have nothing to God, then the next step for blessedness is to be broken over our bankruptcy. ''Blessed are they that mourn,'' genuine, godly sorrow that brings repentance.
And that brings us to the next blessedness- ''Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.'' And we've already told you that meekness means submission to the will of God. It is strength that has been conquered and now controlled. Because when I see what I am, in and of myself, and then when I repent of that sin with godly sorrow, then I yield myself to God.
And then look, if you will, in verse six. The last one that we talked about. ''Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be fil ...
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