In his “sermon on the plain,” Jesus portrays the coming of God’s kingdom as a turning upside down of the world’s values. What Jesus suggests is that there is more to life than riches, more than laughter and good food, more than cheap praise and ephemeral pursuits. He offers a different view of life than the kind of life for which so much of our culture strives. He announces a kingdom that is drawing near in which there is justice and accountability. In Jesus’ kingdom, what is valued now, will one day be of no value. And all that we treasure today will be reversed. The poor will receive the kingdom of heaven, those who are hungry will be filled, and those who have been weeping will laugh.
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