In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus contrasts a deeds-based righteousness (that of the scribes and Pharisees) with a heart-based righteousness (righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees). The righteousness that Jesus wants—and creates—for us is a deep goodness. How do we experience this?
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…"