Matthew 5:1-12, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Those who are persecuted for the name of Jesus. I would have to say that I have no personal experience with this. I have never been told I could not practice my beliefs. I was never told that I could not speak of Jesus, or pray to Jesus, or preach about Jesus, though this does happen daily to several around the world. There are people who simply say Jesus’ name and they are beaten or killed. Families who follow Jesus have to hide in order to read the Bible or pray. Churches must be held in private. These are the people who are considered blessed. Those who endure violence for Jesus’ name. People are not beat and killed for who they are but for who they chose to follow. Jesus is the reason for the persecution. The fear of who Jesus is is too much for some unbelievers. Yet, there is joy in being beaten or killed in the name of Jesus. Why you ask? Because…
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Because of the kingdom of God. Heaven awaits those who are killed in the name of Jesus. Those who follow Jesus to their deaths have Heaven to look forward to. This is the greatest gain one can receive and the greatest honor. Honor you ask? Yes, dying for Jesus is truly the way that we should want to go. Jesus is worth dying for because He died for us. He died so that we may live. When we die and know Jesus, we live. So to die for Jesus is truly a gain. When a person kills a person, they only kill the physical body. The spiritual body ascends to Heaven to be with God forever and ever. There and there only can we truly be happy and free. Free from death and sin and torture and evil. Heaven awaits…
Do you love Jesus? Do you want to go to Heaven? Be bold and preach Jesus. Even if you are not persecuted or harassed, be bold about Jesus and Heaven awaits you. If you do not know Jesus, get to know Him. He is worth knowing and understanding. He is worth your life. Because when you lose your life for Jesus, you gain eternal life. You gain life with God the Father and Jesus the Son. No greater gift can be bestowed on you than to receive eternal life. Take your gift; it is there for you.
Thank You for all that You do for us. You are our protection and our strength. You help us to have the strength to face the day. Thank You for sending Your son to die on the cross for our sins. We are happy to die for You because You love us so much. We look forward to eternal life with You in Heaven.
In Your name we pray,