Gods Adds the Broken – Matthew 5:3-4
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” (NASB)
August brings an increase in crowds to Lexington. Roadways, stores, campuses and stadiums will be filled with vehicles, parents, students and sports fans as they prepare and head out in search of the new. New supplies, classrooms and teachers, new campuses and friends, and a new season.
The author of the above teaching was no stranger to crowds. When Jesus spoke these words, He was surrounded by a multitude or mass of people. He moved among them teaching them, touching them, healing them and showing mercy and love to them. He saw them and He knew them. He was looking into the eyes of people on whom He had great compassion. He often saw them as sheep without a shepherd. They did not understand it but I imagine they could feel it. Jesus wanted them to know His voice and the depth of his teachings and trust His heart and mission, like sheep trust their shepherd. He wanted them to understand that He was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the promised Messiah. Prophecies like Isaiah 42:3, “A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice” and Isaiah 35:5, “Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped.” Jesus wanted the broken and wounded to celebrate that He was bringing them something new. Hope. Eternal Life. The way to God. 2,000 years later this truth and the desire of God’s heart remains the same.
“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” (The Message)
~ Phyllis Eversole