Why Did Jesus Bless all the Wrong People?

Dec 11, 2017 1463

Why Did Jesus Bless All the Wrong People

It often seems like Jesus blesses all the wrong people! We all want to be blessed, don’t we?

But when we think about people who are blessed, we think about people with money, nice cars, a big house, and all the material things. Or perhaps we think of people who are handsome or beautiful, or who are simply healthy. Or even people who seem to haven’t had to go through loss and broken relationships. They’re the people with the blessings, right? You’d think so. So why did Jesus bless all the wrong people in the Sermon on the Mount?

This was certainly of Christ’s ministry during his time on earth. He blessed all the wrong people by choosing to spent time and be a friend to all those who others thought were the least blessed.

The religious types of his day asked his disciples,

Why does your teacher eat with such scum? (Matt 9:11, NLT);

because Jesus was

a friend of tax collectors and sinners (Matt 11:19, NIV);

Jesus not only made a point of associating with the lowest members of society, but he made a point of not only touching them, but letting them touch him! This was unheard of in his culture! By and large, it was the people who were considered to be “unblessed” who were blessed by Jesus.

Who are the “unblessed” today? Might they not be the homeless, the addicts, the sex-workers, the abused and the victimised?

We come back to the question of why it is those who society considers “scum,” the “unblessed,” who are blessed by Christ. Why does Jesus bless all the wrong people? The answer is in the beatitudes themselves.

Jesus came to make all the “wrong people” the right people.

Those whom society and religion often considers to be blessed don’t get the blessings that Jesus offers, because they don’t think that they need them, nor do they really want them. He promises the kingdom of heaven (Matt 5:1); who needs that if they’re trying to make their kingdom here on earth? He promises comfort from mourning (v.2); who needs that if you’re pretending to be having fun all the time? He promises the earth as an inheritance (v.3), which is obviously in the future; who wants that if you want it all right now? He promises justice (v.4); who wants that if your lifestyle is built on the exploitation of others? And so, we could continue.

Jesus blesses the poor in spirit, those to mourn, and the meek, because these are the people who understand their need and are open to his blessings. The others aren’t. Like Jesus said in the very next chapter, the self-righteous and those who seek only material blessings in the here and now, already

have received all the reward they will ever get (Matt 6:2, NLT).

How sad for them! Because they did not seek first for the spiritual treasure – the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matt 6:33) – they will miss out of what is of true, eternal worth. They miss out on the blessings.

That’s why Jesus apparently blesses all the wrong people. Because in the end, the wrong people, by accepting his blessing, become the right people. – Eliezer Gonzalez

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Eliezer Gonzalez

Dec 17, 2017

Thank you for your encouraging comment, Pauline.


Pauline

Dec 14, 2017

This was a good lesson. Dr. Gonzalez. Some times people are mistaken for wealth and happiness, than for whatsoever life brings, but in Christ. Remember the richest young ruler and Christ? Happiness can only be found in Christ. And thus why we need to rejoice , when God news is brought to us, and when we are called to serve Christ.. even when poor but in Christ. This is his promise. They shall neither hunger anymore, nor thirsty anymore" the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat......... And God will wipe away the tears from their eyes. Revelation 7:16-17. Christ goes to wrong people for a reason.


Pauline lubega

Dec 13, 2017

Is Jesus right to bless the so wrong people. Who thinks that way? The wrong people think that way. Jesus bless the needy, the poor in spirit. The wearly and with broken-heart. Yes we need to read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. Amen. Can our saviour get it wrong? then we would be on the wrong path. But if we follow his promise In Mathew 6:31. The poor should not worry about tomorrow, of what to eat or wear. The master is just around us if we endure and believe, . He will confort us As he promised in Mathew 5. And maybe in his service, we are able to confort the poor in spirit as you do. Dr. Eliezer Gonzalez. Amen


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