Tuesday, February 19, 2013

When Persecution Comes....Great is Your Reward


"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Matthew 5:10

Persecution is part of the Christian walk.  If you share the gospel of Jesus Christ to those around you not all will welcome or receive you.  Jesus was persecuted, so you also will be persecuted.  Jesus even tells us, if they hate me they will hate you.  He knew that the world would not receive him.  He knew that although he died for the world out of his great love for it, they would not all receive him.

He even came to his own chosen people and they did not welcome him.  As a matter of fact, the Pharisees and Sadduccees at the time were jealous and evil.  They were the ones who even killed him.  He knew that they were prideful and rebellious.  He knew that they preferred the world rather than God and his righteousness.  But even knowing all this, he still out of his great mercy left all his glory and became a humble servant.  He came into the world, the one he created to die so that we may have eternal life.  

The good news of the gospel is that Jesus became our righteousness.  He made us right with God.  He gave us access to have fellowship with the God of this universe.  He justified us.  We could come before a holy God because of what he did for us.  What a wonderful gift.  This gift would show us God's goodness and kindness.  It would also demonstrate for us his great mercy towards us.  

The greatest day came when we received the good news.  We were changed.  We became the righteousness of God.  We became part of the blessed people, a holy nation, a chosen people, a royal priesthood.  So when persecution comes your way remember that you are blessed because the kingdom of God is yours.  

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