Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17)
Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
– Luke 6:20-22
If the Gospel is not the message for the poor, starving, thirsting, sick, and unclothed, we need a new message, don’t we?