Blessed are the Poor in Spirit for Theirs is the Kingdom of God - Jesus
The first of the Be-Attitudes section of the sermon on the mount describes the "poor in spirit." When asked this morning, I employed our staff to think about what the word Blessed Meant, and what the phrase "poor in Spirit" refers to. The Kingdom of God is an obvious win for anyone walking the faith journey, so it begs us to discover the meaning.
Remember, this is the passage in Matthew 5 directly following the section where Jesus heals the sick from all nations. He actually sets out to bring all people together, "proclaiming the Kingdom of God." Interestingly enough, there were blue collar workers, white collar workers, academics, suburbanites, and religious people all watching Jesus with wonder.
When he begins teaching on the hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee on the shores of Tiberius, Jesus opens the proclamation with "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God."
WHAT A REVOLUTION!!
Till this time, it was only the rich in spirit who ever had a chance to peek into the eternal wonderment of God's Ultimate Destination. Those who were down and out, were literally spiritually bankrupt with no hope of ever climbing out of their despair, when finally Jesus declares there is Hope. There's hope for the hopeless. There's a way out. There's a place where no matter what you've done or where you've been, there's a place at God's table.
We spent an hour wading through the different ideas about Jesus' proclamation. What say you?