In the introduction to His Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6:20-26), Jesus offers four beatitudes and four woes. The beatitudes are essential characteristics of the Christian. Every Christian has them. They are what distinguish him or her as a new creation in Christ. The woes are the opposite of the beatitudes. They characterize the world. The sermon, Blessings and Woes (trinitybiblelynden.org/sermon_post/beatitudes/), is now available.