For the last three weeks, we've seen Jesus address issues of worship. He has talked about giving in secret and praying in secret. In our passage this morning, he discusses how to fast. This could be a new topic for many of us, but perhaps there are things we can learn about worshipping God as whole people. Jesus will teach what it means not just to worship with our souls, but how we can worship God with our bodies.
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…"