Pastor Pete


Gods way of Blessings 2

So far we have looked at the first four beatitudes, now before we go further I would like to put a
Hanukkah spin on it or if you will a Christmas spin. There is no doubt everything that we think of both these holidays is pointing to God and His blessing to us.

So what have I discovered about the first four beatitudes having a Christmas spin.

The first beatitude declares blessed are the poor in spirit;

We discovered that this actually means that God wants us to be so dependent upon Him just like that do a poor person being dependent or all His needs to be meet.

We must realize just as Christ is declaring to us to become this dependent He Himself lived in this fashion.

“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.

I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”
John 5:19, 30 KJV

“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;”
Matthew 4:1-12 KJV

All of this proves to us in the same way Jesus declares for us to be totally dependent upon Him, He Jesus totally lived His life in complete dependence upon God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.

Now when we see blessed are they that mourn; Jesus was declaring the life that He Himself lived.

“And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.”
Mark 8:12 KJV
Sigh comes from the word to mourn or grieve groan
“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.”
John 11:33, 38 KJV

“Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;”
Hebrews 5:7-9 KJV

Blessed are the meek; fresh from last week; the ability to know how be angry with control.

the bliss of the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time, who has every instinct, and impulse, and passion under control because he himself is God controlled, who has the humility to realize his own ignorance and his own weakness, for such a man is a king among men.

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst;

O the bliss of the man who longs for total righteousness as a starving man longs for food, and a man perishing of thirst longs for water, for that man will be truly satisfied.

As we close today think of it in this fashion the light of Hanukkah or if you will the light of lights yes the light of the world came and lived amongst us and lived how He expects us to live, just as He was poor in spirit totally dependent so we too must be, just as He mourned in His spirit we to must allow our spirit to mourn only to Him, who is able to comfort us with the comforting that we need. Then just as He Jesus kept His anger in control, may we with the Holy Spirits control upon our life live in such fashion. Then just as our light of the world hungered for the right things of the Heavenly Father may we do also.

As we receive Jesus the greatest Christmas gift ever given, may we allow Him by the power of the Holy Spirit to enable us to live everyday the beatitudes just as
He did.