As Jesus nears the end of the Sermon on the Mount, his words become more personally challenging. In this passage, he warns his listeners about two kinds of deception: those who deceive others and those who deceive themselves. We must take his warning seriously and consider what it looks like to know Jesus as king.
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…"