Messages on the Beatitudes – Matthew 5:1-12
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. (Matt. 5:10-11)
This Sunday we conclude the series on the Beatitudes with a big confusing bang as Jesus rides into Jerusalem surrounded by adoring shouts of “hosanna,” which means “save us.” Yet, Jesus is also on the road to His finals and he will hear those shouts of praise replaced by the cries, “crucify him” by the end of the week.
Just think, Jesus was persecuted, insulted, falsely accused, and condemned to die a criminal. Why? Why did he endure all this suffering? Well, because he knew you would also have problems, pain, and heartache. He knew you’d be grief-stricken, and even witness the cruelty that sin brings into the world. He knew you needed someone who has gone through it all and was victorious, so we can do the same.
“Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”Matthew 5:12
The message of the cross is the message of hope that all our Good Friday torments will soon be transformed into the resurrection promise. This Sunday we begin Holy Week and we remember the passion and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ for us all.
Come and see, Pastor Rob