Eight directives that Christ gave that were different than before. Very different than what most know today.
Paradox: a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense but perhaps true.
Jesus was introducing His earthly life as not a curse but a blessing. Right before Jesus was introduced, there was a period of 40 years of spiritual silence. Then Gabriel was sent to introduce Jesus and from that point on the curse became a blessing. God intends to bless but, what does it mean to be blessed.
The word blessed could be changed to happy but let’s take it one step further to “fully satisfied”. One could be happy but quickly be pushed into sadness. However, if you’re fully satisfied you’re beyond happy and when sadness comes you are still happy.
A warning about the blessings, one can’t do them as works thinking you’ll get into Heaven. First, one can’t complete them 100% without being saved. They do not come from man but by God. God is the resource in which the blessings come from. Being blessed is more than a term that means, I’m alright.
Happiness is one of the perks of being saved. However there are times that hit us hard and begin to eat away from the happiness. What Christ was teaching is the opposite of common sense. The flesh tells us that once our needs are met we will be satisfied. This is a lie of the sinful flesh as the flesh is never satisfied. The flesh is prideful and pride is lustful and will always end in selfish acts.
It’s more than happy, being fully satisfied is:
… a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
… a contentment that’s not based on circumstances, but is anchored in ones position in Christ.
… a hope in the eternal and not the temporal.
… a peace that’s like a river that flows through our very soul.
… a feeling when the world says you should be empty.
… a comfort when all the world sees is morning.