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After studying the first two blessed statements (Matthew 5:3-5) of Jesus in term 1, we concluded that we must develop and demonstrate the Christian character qualities of humility and compassion as a school. We will continue studying the blessed statements in terms 2-4.

The third blessed statement is in Matthew 5:6. Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the kingdom of God." The Christian character quality of meekness is often misunderstood as a weakness; rather, it is a strength under control. The interaction between Peter and the servant during Jesus' arrest is a powerful example of Jesus demonstrating meekness in the face of adversity. This event is recorded in all four Gospels. As Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by the Roman soldiers and the Jewish leaders, Peter, in a moment of fear and perhaps anxiety, drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. This impulsive act was likely an attempt to defend Jesus and prevent His arrest by force. Despite the chaos and imminent danger, Jesus demonstrated meekness by controlling His strength. In Luke 22:51, we read that Jesus touched the servant's ear and healed him, restoring what had been harmed. This act of healing amidst conflict and the arrest reflects Jesus' unwavering commitment to humility, compassion and meekness. In Matthew 26:53-54, Jesus said, "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Each Roman legion had 6000 soldiers). This means more than 72,000 angels could have come down to defend Jesus. Even in the face of injustice and suffering, Jesus revealed His meekness. In other words, Jesus had the strength of a huge military force, but he kept His strength under control to obey His Father in heaven.

We can all learn from this example and strive to develop meekness in our own lives. This means seeking to be humble, compassionate and meek in our actions and interactions with others as we learn to build the Christian character qualities Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount.

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  • Mother's Day Special Assembly
  • Visit to Auckland Museum
  • Information Evening
  • Important dates
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