Jesus holds a seminar similar to the Sermon on the Mount but this time the venue is along a plain. Luke is the one who recorded this teaching with all of its important insights. The down-to-earth way in which The Message translation puts it makes it easy to see why so many people eagerly followed Jesus and wanted to hear His teaching. Today we still have needs and Jesus still meets the needs of those who trust in Him.
“You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all. God’s kingdom is there for the finding. You’re blessed when you’re ravenously hungry. Then you’re ready for the Messianic meal. You’re blessed when the tears flow freely. Joy comes with the morning.” Not exactly the first things that may come to mind when we think of living the blessed life, but then again, Jesus teaches to the heart of the situation. He goes deep where our needs really are and when we live His way, we are blessed.