20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry.
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
One of the sermon points from this morning’s message will involve the need for Christians to become courageous by thinking eternally. So, it is wonderfully affirming to read these words from Jesus.
When I think of the beatitudes, I don’t always think of them as a call to an eternal perspective, but in this case, I see it quite clearly. Jesus points to those who are faithfully following him, even suffering for him, and he lets them know that one day, they will find their souls completely satisfied. The truth is, that satisfaction will only fully come when those who follow Jesus are fully satisfied in eternity. Having an eye on that gloriously coming eternity is something that Jesus uses here in Luke 6 to encourage his followers to stand strong, to stick with it, to do the work, or, as the sermon will say, to stoke the fire of their gospel courage.