Matt 5:10-12 As we come to a close in this section of Jesus’ sermon. I find it rather interesting that Jesus ends this portion with something that would seem out of place and unusual; especially for a son or daughter, who will reside in His Kingdom for all eternity. This is a prime characteristic of the new birth that comes with the greatest of challenges, because it could lead or end in the loss of one’s life for the sake of the gospel. Jesus says, " Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matt 5:10-12. At first glance you see something that Jesus didn’t say to previous blessings. What is it you might ask? Jesus repeats Himself, and it almost seems that it’s a
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Matt 5:9 Something I find interesting about the Beatitudes is that with every characteristic, it’s always followed with a promise. The poor in Spirit inherits residence in Heaven The one who mourns over their sin finds comfort and rest in a holy God. The meek and humble will have an inheritance given to them by the Father, Himself. Those who hunger and thirst for holiness are full/complete in Christ. Those who display mercy, never forget the mercy that was given to them. Those who have a pure heart are promised that they will see God. “Blessed/approved are the peacemakers, for they shall be called “sons” (which refers to both sons and daughters) of God.” (v9) What does it mean to be a “peacemaker”? First let me say what it is not! It’s not passive or easy-going; meaning a person who does not care what anyone else does, as long as it does not directly affect them. It’s also not someone who is tolerant, “You do your thing and I will do mine”.