BCL Grow: Persecution — Matthew 5:11-12
Matthew 5:11-12 (Perseverance)
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. — Matthew 5:11-12
“Jesus says something quiet in Matt 5:12 that is too easy to overlook and is, perhaps, the most shocking thing of all. He says that his disciples can expect to be persecuted in various ways ‘on my account.’ but then he says, ‘[F]or so they persecuted the prophets who were before you’ (Matt 5:12). The word ‘so’ in English is tiny, but it makes all the difference here. It means ‘such,’ or ‘in the same way.’ What Jesus tells his disciples here is that the prophets and the saints who had gone before were also persecuted on account of Jesus.” - S. M. Baugh, The Majesty on High; Introduction to the Kingdom of God in the New Testament, p. 94.
Steps to Take
1. Ponder: Even the prophets of the Old Testament were persecuted on account of Jesus. Consider that even they were looking forward to Christ Jesus—the promised Messiah (see Heb. 11:12).
2. Remember: Moses considered the reproach, disgrace, and reviling that comes on account of Christ greater than all the treasures of Egypt (Heb. 11:26). By faith he looked forward to the reward, Jesus Christ (Heb. 11:40).
3. Rejoice: Take joy in our Savior Christ Jesus who suffered and died on behalf of God’s people. Rejoice that by faith he is our treasure even when enduring trials and difficulties, for God will complete the work he has begun in you and bring you to everlasting joy.
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