The Blessings of Mt. Olives
When Jesus went out to preach across Israel, he wanted to make sure that the Israelites were the first to hear the words that were being preached. He also made sure that the Gentiles were included in the Kingdom of GOD as well. As he preached, he made sure to tackle difficult theological and philosophical matters and simplify them in the use of metaphors, symbols, and allegories.
One of the most important speeches and preaching that was done by Jesus was the Mt. Of Olives preaching. It demonstrated the two different roads that any individual could travel. It demonstrated that there was the good road and the not so good road. He made sure to state that there were blessings associated with one of the roads while curses were bound to occur to those that decided to stray from the righteous path.
It is not difficult to see that there are generally two types of beliefs in the world. Those that seek after good and those that stray and look for something that will fill that emptiness that everyone carries. There is no substitution or other way to salvation and a sense of fulfillment. Jesus made sure to specify his beliefs and allow everyone to understand how life was divided into two separate roads. One of them was narrow while the other one was wide.
Jesus stated nine blessings to those individuals who followed the righteous path. He wanted people to understand that there were blessings associated with following Jesus. They were real events that would occur when an individual decided to follow the path of righteousness.
“And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.’
‘Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.’
‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.’
‘Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.’
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see GOD.’
‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’
‘Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.’- Matthew 5: 2-11
Jesus did not mince words and made sure to state the truth of the matter as specifically as possible without wasting words. What GOD promises, he brings about and makes sure to accomplish. Therefore it would be wise to follow the words of GOD and turn from sin and the evil that abounds lest the woes devastate those who choose the wrongful path.