In the first of six similar statements, Jesus illustrates how living in the kingdom of the heavens results in a transformed heart rather than simply changed behavior. He begins with the issue of anger, explaining its deeper roots and suggesting a path forward. His words give us a roadmap for living as kingdom-dwellers and dealing with our anger and that of others.
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…"