January 5, Reading 3 – Matthew 5:1-20

Reading

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SAA Notes

Jesus begins this sermon with a benediction – it’s not at the end as is usual in sermons. Jesus has come to bless. He ends His sermon with warnings of the curse. What beatitude speaks most to you? Why?

SJA Notes

* Dear God, please teach us this morning from Your word.

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.”

Jesus opens His sermon on the mount with blessings clearly articulated.

These blessings are coin-truths.

Blessing for those described.

However.

If you are NOT poor in spirit, be warned.

If you are NOT mourning, meek, hungering and thirsting for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peace-making, persecuted for righteousness’ sake, reviled and mocked and scorned because of Jesus – If these are foreign to you, be careful!

Jesus points us to a very hard word,

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”

So let us be exhorted today, to be salt and light in this world, powered by and able to because of Jesus, withstanding temptations that the world throws at us in God’s strength.

Don’t be salt that has lost its saltiness!

Don’t be light hidden under a basket!

We have the good news of Jesus – Let us share it to all around us.

* Loving Father,

We come before You in repentance and belief. Please save and sanctify us today Lord God, and onwards.

Please mark us as a faithful people, salty salt and unhindered light in this world – Shining Jesus to the world around us.

Amen.

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