“Blessed are the meek” – Q&A #4

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: Was Jesus considered meek, even though he got angry sometimes?

Answer: Yes. His whole life demonstrated meekness. He always put himself, and his comfort or safety, to the side. Mary Baker Eddy writes: “He who dated time, the Christian era, and spanned
eternity, was the meekest man on earth.” (Mis. 163)

Jesus’ goal was to obey God, and to bless others. If he got angry, such as the time he overturned the tables of the money-changers in the Temple, it was for a good purpose, and not because he
had lost control of himself in a fit of rage.

The Beatitudes were given to the followers of Jesus to show them what qualities they would need. Jesus never asked anyone to do, or be, something that he had not already demonstrated. We must conclude that Jesus was meek. His life is one we must study and live.

“We cannot choose for ourselves, but must work out our salvation in the way Jesus taught. In meekness and might, he was found preaching the gospel to the poor.” (S&H 30)

“His hearers understood neither his words nor his works. They would not accept his meek interpretation of life nor follow his example.” (S&H 54)

“In the life of our Lord, meekness was as conspicuous as might.” (Mis. 83)

Further Study: Can you find some examples in the Bible of when Jesus had to be meek in the face of the cruelty or meanness of others?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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