Gospels and Acts of the Apostles
What is the Sermon on the Mount?
This is the name given to the sermon in which Jesus described the Beatitudes. These Beatitudes, or Blessings, describe the characteristics Jesus wants in his followers:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Oftentimes, the Beatitudes are viewed through the distorted lens of worldly standards. Accordingly, some people read the Beatitudes and think that Jesus expected his followers—then and now—to live their lives as weak, passive victims in order to receive their eternal reward in Heaven. Most Bible scholars, however, point out that the opposite is true. Jesus never promised that his followers would live trouble-free lives, but he did promise that if followers lived by his words that he would fill their hearts and minds with new understanding. This new understanding inspired followers—then and now—to allow their worldly, selfish attitudes to be kneaded into Christ-like attitudes of humility, generosity, gentleness, and strength.