(Part 3 of 3)
Matthew 11:6… “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me” (KJV). Jesus said this after the Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount was full of blessings for certain kinds of people, but there are times when circumstances places us in situations where it is difficult to believe and easy to doubt. Our attitude causes us to behave wrongly. We question Jesus. The word “offended” refers to a stumbling block, to entrap, or to entice to sin. Jesus said, “Blessed or happy is the man who does not stumble over me.” The truth seen here is that people sometimes get angry over Jesus because it seems that Jesus is dong nothing for them. “Where were you, Lord, when I needed you?” It is easy to believe when Jesus is present. Faith has to work when Jesus is not visible. God will honor a man and bless the man who does not get angry at God for His delays.
Revelation 1:3… There are seven scriptures in this book that tells of the kind of man who God blesses. “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand” (KJV). God will bless the man who reads the Bible and keeps the word of the Bible. Revelation 14:13 says, “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” The idea here is this: don’t die a Christ-rejecter. Don’t die unsaved. Revelation 16:15 says, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Keeping righteousness is important. Don’t you care about your soul and your lifestyle here on earth? Will you miss the coming of Jesus by your neglect? Revelation 19:9 says, “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” The bride of Christ is seen here. Your relationship with Him on this earth determines whether you receive a wedding invitation to His supper. Revelation 20:6 says, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” The resurrection truth as seen here is the security of the believer. If you are alive at Christ’s coming, death has no power over you. Revelation 22:7 says, “Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Keep the word that this book talks about. Keep the sayings of Jesus. What he says gives you comfort and victory over the trials that are coming. The word “sayings” here is the word logos, or the Bible. Revelation 22:14 says, “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” There are “rights” to the tree of life. Adam lost his rights because of sin. Jesus said, “Do the commandments”; i.e., do the word that I give you to do. Live by the rules of conduct that I lay down. The gates to His city will be open to you. One day, a sound will be heard.
Open the gates! I am coming in! And what about you, my friend? Are you hearing this lesson? There is a kind of man who God blesses and honors. Jesus said in John 12:26, “If any man serve me, him will my Father honour” (KJV).
Pastor George Belobaba
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