If followers of Jesus live in the kingdom of the heavens, what does that mean about
their involvement in the kingdom of earth? Before Jesus gets into his description of
what life looks like when you follow him, he answers this question. His suggestion
is freeing and practical. The unlikely group of his followers are the symbol of the
kingdom to the world around them. When they live their lives out loud, the world
is changed as a result.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus shares the surprising idea that it is possible for us to live our lives on earth, but actually, be living as part of the kingdom of the heavens. Jesus shows us the path to living in his kingdom through a series of shocking statements and vivid illustrations. His words help us to complete the sentence, "Blessed Are…"