Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Beatitudes or the Sermon on the Mount is one of the most listened to and discussed among all the Lord’s preaching biblical passages. A lot of people called attention to the many promises that enclose the words of Jesus: the Kingdom of Heaven, consolation, to inherit the earth, be filled, mercy, see God, to be called the son of God.
Before receiving every promise, is necessary to pass the tests, which involve: being poor in spirit, mourn, be meek, have mercy, have a clean heart, peacemaking, suffer persecution for justice of God, to be reproached and pursued by the name of Jesus, be reviled and charged with lies. Trials are very strong; but the reward in heaven is much greater.
The Bible tells the stories of many blessed who went through very tough tests. Stephen was stoned to death, thus becoming the first martyr of Christianity. Juan and Pedro were imprisoned for preaching the gospel. James the brother of John was killed by the sword. Paul suffered multiple tests, including imprisonment, whipping, stoning, persecution, slander, lies, etc.
For two thousand years, many Christians have been martyred by the mere mention of the name of Jesus. I personally know a great servant of God who has been the subject of multiple prosecutions. Once he was attacked by gunmen in his home country and was near death for several months in a hospital. On another occasion he was imprisoned in another country where he preached. He has also been attacked by witches, he has slandered by telling the truth and many other things that would fill hundreds of pages.
Today there are many people who come to Jesus Christ pretending to get a comfortable and safe life. When we live in countries where Christianity is tolerated even forget about the persecution and trials. Now it’s time to be alert and prepared because the closer is the Lord’s coming, the enemy will walk like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. If we play to be persecuted, reviled, imprisoned or injured because of Jesus, rather than cower, lift up our front because He said that we are blessed. God bless you.