GOOD NEWS FOR THE POOR


Luke 6:
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:   “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
   23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

In these verses we can see the essence of Jesus’ deep gladness.

    1.     It will get better than it presently is. The inequity and sorrow of the world will change as the Kingdom of God comes to earth.
    2.  You are in good company. If the ancient prophets were also oppressed, God has a message to bring through your poverty.

The poor of Jesus’ time were usually people who had no power in society. The rich were powerful through various means. Tax collectors were notorious for overcharging and getting rich in this way. The Roman government taxed farmers requiring 2/3 of the produce as payment for owning the lands the local people worked. There were no welfare programs for the disabled, orphaned or widowed. If you were unable to work you had to depend on family to provide for you. If you had no family, you would beg and steal to survive.

Deep gladness for the poor is found in belonging to the Kingdom of God. In this Kingdom, we take care of the most vulnerable and create a new kind of family. When we experience the deep gladness of Jesus, we cannot help but enrich the lives of others by impoverishing our own lives. We quietly delight in opportunities to be generous in the lives of others.

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