17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
“But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Drawn in by Jesus power, the people wanted to see Him perform healings, wanted to touch Him because power was coming from Him but they were missing the point of why Jesus came, He was sent to them to give them ultimate freedom from all their diseases through His shed blood on the cross. Jesus was looking out into the crowd, He spoke to His disciples instructing them that fulfillment only comes through God’s word and obeying His truth, not being swayed by men’s philosophy or false teachings.
Where have you looked away from God’s word and studied something contrary?
What part of Jesus’ words to His disciples help you understand Him more deeply?
*Commentary Reference :Life Application Study Bible NIV