Think of someone you consider fortunate, who deserves to be congratulated or even envied because they are truly happy. Perhaps you have a picture of someone who has their life put together, is wealthy, smiling and carefree, surrounded by their friends. No matter what details you picture there's a good chance that your picture does not look anything like what Jesus describes as blessed. Jesus says, "Blessed are the...." Well, read Matthew 5:3-12 and then come this Sunday and together we'll wrestle to believe what Jesus says, even if it goes against everything we've ever known and experienced.
From the events of his birth and throughout his life, Jesus reshaped the religious and cultural expectations of his day so as to make all of it about himself. He completely turns things on their head—flipped upside down—even for us today. Either this is the bold move of a narcissistic megalomaniac or this is the beginning of a subversive movement of grace that would change the course of history forever. Let's take a closer look at the most famous sermon of all time and see how Jesus inaugurated God's new humanity.