Luke 6:20, The First to Enjoy the Kingdom
And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
//I’ll shortly be reviewing a novel titled A Man Called Jesus by author Rick Herrick, and there’s a statement Jesus makes in his book that I haven’t forgotten. Jesus says that the first people to experience the new Kingdom of Heaven on earth will be the poor.
Readers of my own latest book, titled The River of Life, know that I emphasize how much Jesus cared about the poor, so I felt an immediate appreciation for Herrick’s Jesus. But why does Herrick think the poor will be the first to experience the kingdom?
Common sense, of course. The economic situation of the poor forces them to share. Sharing with love is the first step in creating God’s kingdom. That puts the poor in an advantaged position when it comes to creating a place where God’s love rules.
An interesting insight. Do you agree?