Beatitudes 1 – Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit (Easter Reflection)

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  – Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

 I’d love to look at the Beatitudes of Jesus with you ladies over the next few months – these are powerful statements Jesus made during His famous Sermon on the Mount.  He impacted so many lives that day, and continues to do the same today.

When Jesus refers to the ‘poor in spirit’ He’s talking about those people who recognize they can’t save themselves from the wrongs they have done, that they need God to accomplish this for them. 

How did God do this?  He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for us, then Jesus rose to life again.  Our wrongs, our sin, died that day with Jesus.  It is our choice whether or not we will accept the gift of salvation. 

It is only a prayer away – God, thank You for Your Son, thank you that He died for me, thank you that I am free from sin, thank you that I will live with you in the kingdom of heaven one day.

This is the simple yet crucial message of Easter – life after death – for Jesus and for us!       

– Written for the March 2008 issue of Mom’s Moments.


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