Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Of all the beatitudes, “blessed are those who are persecuted” may be the one that is most counterintuitive. How can we say we are Blessed when we are being persecuted?
Remember Acts 5:41, when the disciples left the Sanhedrin “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the name of Jesus”. This is a whole new level of trust, surrender and faith. One that all to often we as Christians have little to no desire of reaching. This week we will look at what Jesus meant by blessed are those who are persecuted, and hopefully challenge ourselves to look beyond the surface of our faith, down to the core of what we believe, and how it changes everything.