THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT -DAY JESUS walks up to a large boulder and sits down. Nicodemus sits at the edge of a crowd. Jesus begins to teach.
JESUS The Kingdom of God can come in to your hearts. But you need to turn away from your self centerness and self control and turn your life over to God’s control. Those who do, will achieve true happiness.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who give up their pride and personal independence and submit themselves to God, yield to his authority and will, commit their life to him and his control, and be willing to allow him to love them.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to you who are hungry now; you will be filled.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who mourn or are sad, God will comfort them!
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to you who weep in sincere sorrow for your earthly ways, you will laugh!
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who give up self control; they will receive what God has promised; love, healing, and peace with God.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires and give up pursuing personal needs; God will satisfy them fully.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who’s life is controlled by love and are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to the pure in heart; they will see God.
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who work for peace; God will call them his children!
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of God belongs to them!
JESUS (CONT’D) Hope and Joy to you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. It will take your eyes off earthly rewards and it will strip away weak belief. It strengthens the faith of those who endure. Be happy and glad, leap for joy for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the followers who lived before you were persecuted.
JESUS (CONT’D) But how terrible for you who are rich now you have had your easy life!
JESUS (CONT’D) Do not store up riches for yourselves here on earth. Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Instead, store up riches for yourself in heaven where they will never decrease because no challenge can get to them. For your heart will always be where your riches are. For whatever you store up, you will spend much of your time and energy thinking about it.
JESUS (CONT’D) How terrible for you who are full now; you will go hungry.
JESUS (CONT’D) How terrible for you who laugh now; you will mourn and weep.
JESUS (CONT’D) No one can live fully in both Earth’s and Gods Kingdom; they will hate one and love the other; they will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Your desire for money and what it can buy will possess you and will outweigh your commitment to God and spiritual matters.