Sunday 28 February, 2016

Luke 6:20-23

20 Then he looked up at his disciples and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. 23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to 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

2 replies
  1. Claire Moore says:

    Yes we have a future! It would have been hard for the disciples to grasp persecution was ahead because they would have felt like they were part of an incredible movement with so many people thronging to see Jesus. How much he loves us to give us the reassurance of a future with Him.
    Thank you Jesus.

  2. Stephen Fell says:

    To have the eyes for eternity and not the present is a challenge. An important and necessary prayer of mine is that Lord, you may grant me a heavenly focus.

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