20 Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. 23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
Jesus begins to teach the disciples, which no doubt included the Apostles who had just been appointed.
He teaches them a series of sayings which go to the heart of life, wealth, food, emotional state. He moves on to describe a time of persecution insisting it is a time for rejoicing because of the forward view to heaven not the present persecution. He reminds them that prophets have always been treated poorly.
Jesus is trying to lift the eyes of the disciples off their current circumstances and things that surround them to a forward view of heaven and eternity. Encouraging them to view life from a perspective of eternity more than time.
What ensnares me to limit my view to time and not eternity? I need to lift my eyes to see life on earth from God’s perspective not simply in time.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta