Let’s open our Bibles together to Matthew 5:10. Today I’m concluding this series of messages on the radical statements of Jesus, known as the Beatitudes. Stand and read Matthew 5:10-12. Let your eyes rest on those words “theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” That was the blessing in the first statement, and it is the blessing in the last. The Beatitudes reveal the life of people who are following Jesus into the Kingdom of God. Please be seated.
Matthew 5:10 – Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Friends, when we are really walking with Jesus, truly following Him, we will walk with Him into difficult situations where we will, at the very least, find ourselves feeling like we don’t belong, and, possibly, in situations where we will be very much in danger. But that is what the Bible promises for Christ-followers.
2 Timothy 3:12 – Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,
2 Timothy 3:13 – while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
You see as the time of Jesus’ coming again draws near, the opposition to Christ and to the Gospel will grow more intense, even in places like our own nation where we now enjoy a great amount of religious freedom. The Scripture tells us that there is such a tension between the lifestyle of disciples of Jesus on one hand and the attitudes and ways of the world on the other, that friction and even conflict will happen.