Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of Beatitudes lies on the northern shore of the
Sea of Galilee. It is here that Jesus called his disciples to ordain them for the work that lay ahead of them. For months up until then he had been teaching them that the kingdom of God is not a brick and mortar kingdom but one that lies within. It is this kingdom that he taught them, and ours to seek, with the knowledge that having found it, all things needed would be added by the Father in Heaven (Matthew 6:33). So we are not to look for riches or a grand kingdom but we are to seek God’s presence within us.


At the Mount of the Beatitudes (blessings) Jesus ordained his disciples to serve him and God as ambassadors of this divine kingdom within (Matthew 5:1 thru Matthew 7:29).
As you stand where the disciples stood, try to imagine the words of the Master when he said that we are no longer to live as normal men. Now we are to live as enlightened members of a heavenly country, although within a spiritually darkened world. We are to live as God’s ambassadors. As his ambassadors, we reflect Jesus in all that we do.

Listen as Jesus sends out his disciples telling us that it is our job to proclaim liberty to the spiritual captives. We are to bring joy to those who are being held in the bondage of fear, and we are to heal the sick. Jesus tells us that we are to encourage them with these words:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil

against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in

heaven”  (Matthew 5:3-12)

Jesus sent his disciples and us out as the salt of the earth and as the light of the world, telling us to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

Telling us to love our enemies and to do good, Jesus said that we are being sent out as his ambassadors, and “If your neighbor smites you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38) Finally he tells us that with kindness and mercy we are to minister to all who are in distress or in need.

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