Blessed are the Pure in Heart
This weekend we will explore what it means to be "pure in heart". This next Beatitude tells us that those who are pure in heart will see God.
Who can imagine this? Is it even possible to have a heart that thinks what is right, loves what is good, and desires what is best?
THE CALL: Being Pure in Heart!
THE BLESSING: Seeing God!
BOTH THE CALL AND THE BLESSING SEEM TO BE IMPOSSIBLE!
In the Old Testament book of Exodus, God said, “You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live” (Exodus 33:20). Yet here Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
The apparent impossibility of these two things: Seeing God and purity of heart, show us how great a savior Jesus Christ is. Christ does not give us the Beatitudes to mock us. He comes as the great Redeemer, the Rescuer, the Savior, holding this wonderful promise in his hands:
In Christ, a sinner with all the baggage that sinful habits leave in your thoughts, your feelings and your desires, can become pure in heart!
In Christ, a sinner who is forgiven, washed, cleansed and renewed should see God and, instead of shrinking back into an everlasting hell, should move forward into the embrace of everlasting love!
This is what Christ is able to do for sinners. This is what Christ is able to do for you: He can purify your heart. He can shine into your heart “to give you the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
I invite you to join us this Sunday as we explore what being "pure in heart" is all about!