Jesus Never Said ‘Blessed Are the Self-Promoters’
In one of the first—and most important—messages Jesus ever delivered, He did something that helped to set the tone for His entire ministry: He challenged a paradigm.
To open His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus outlined eight specific groups of people who He called “blessed.” (Relevant Magazine)
In a culture where the value of statements we make are literally measured in the amount of “likes” they receive—where how many “followers” we have is a sign of our notoriety and where celebrities are worshiped—it’s easy to forget that Jesus praised the meek, the insulted, the righteous, the grieving and poor in spirit. Culture has created platforms where we are encouraged to make our voices known, to build our own brands and draw attention to ourselves. Especially in the age of social media, outrage sells.
But Jesus wanted people to know that society has it all backward.
None of those things are inherently wrong in and of themselves, but when they become our focus, the kingdoms we end up building ultimately won’t last.
The History Channel The Bible Replay In Pictures
1. Adam1 of 30
2. Eve2 of 30
3. The Fall3 of 30
4. Abraham Follows Orders4 of 30
5. Moses Leads5 of 30
6. The Plot6 of 30
7. Rahab Plans7 of 30
8. Joshua Leads The Battle8 of 30
9. Samson and his Mother9 of 30
10. Samson fights10 of 30
11. Delilah Cuts Samson's hair11 of 30
12. King Saul during the Good Days12 of 30
13. David Beats Goliath13 of 30
14. King Saul faces the emptiness14 of 30
15. david-with-bathsheba15 of 30
16. Bathsheba16 of 30
17. King Zedekiah17 of 30
18. Facing Bablyon18 of 30
19. Daniel Faces The Lion's Den19 of 30
20. Mary & Joseph flee to Egypt20 of 30
21. Jesus baptized by John the Baptist21 of 30
22. Peter the Fisherman22 of 30
23. Jesus walks on water23 of 30
24. Jesus and his followers24 of 30
25. The Last Supper25 of 30
26. Mary stands alone.26 of 30
27. Jesus and Mary meet on the road to Golgotha27 of 30
28. The Cross28 of 30
29. Jesus Makes All Things New29 of 30
30. The Ministry Continues With You30 of 30
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