In Luke 6 Jesus comes down the mountain from prayer, gathers the Apostles to Himself and as a “great throng of people” gather around and He begins to describe characteristics of what it looks like to become new people in Jesus.
Luke 6:20-22, “20 And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.”
- In verse 20-22 Jesus gives us some characteristics for what the new people set apart for God’s glory looks like, and Jesus says, “Blessed are those who are poor, blessed are those who hunger, blessed are those who weep, and blessed are those who are insulted.”
- I don’t see wealth, health and prosperity. Be careful what you watch on television. I don’t see a life of easy parenting, grandchildren, and great retirement. Be careful of the American Dream. I don’t see Sunday comforts with people who look like us, like what we like, and are easy to spend time with. Be careful of our “ME” centered culture today.
- Jesus is describing as characteristics of a new people called out for His glory is a reorientation of values.
We chase after what the culture calls crazy, and we become careless with what the culture calls critical.
- Jesus doesn’t mean we are to seek suffering or poverty. Romans 12 the Apostle Paul makes it clear to pursue peace at all costs. We aren’t to look for strife. We aren’t to refuse power and success, but as a new people we have a completely different perspective toward suffering, and toward success.
- Our taste buds for the culture change as we meet Jesus and grow in Jesus.
- Our hands loosen for the culture as we meet Jesus and grow in Jesus.
Do you know the deep satisfaction that is in Jesus? Do you know the deep satisfaction that is in Jesus? That is the invitation of Jesus. If you don’t know deep satisfaction in Jesus, it is possible you’ve never met Him, you‘ve never become the new people of Jesus, and in Luke 6 Jesus is inviting us to respond to Jesus and become new.