The Blessedness of Persecution (Matthew 5:1-12)

The subject of persecution of the saints is recorded in the blood of God’s people all the days of their lives.  They suffer not because of their name, or deeds.  Rather, as the tile of our sermon indicates, they are Suffering for the Cross of Christ.  This suffering is appropriate, since those who are called of God, recognize Christ and seek to serve their neighbors, are prone to persecution, simply for uttering the words, sin, repentance, forgiveness, or even heaven.  For following the instructions found in the Scriptures.  There is a sense present in the beatitudes in which a common thread is presented in the individual characteristics which Christ lists as, those who are blessed.  Those who are poor in spirit, mourn before God, are meek and humble, who hunger and thirst after righteousness, who demonstrate mercy, the pure in heart who seek to spread the gospel of peace found only in Christ, each of these attributes of the Christian Life represent a reflection upon Christ who is the Prince of Peace.  So, your example as Christians (or little Christs) is characterized as those who follow the path which our Lord did.  You beloved, each of you calling yourself a Christian, owe a debt of life, and are commanded to take up your cross and follow the King.  The life of every Christian is filled with trials, and temptations, just as Christ’s life.  Christ in, Matt 16:24-27, Mark 8:34-38, Luke 9:23-26, to deny yourselves, to bear the cross of our daily lives as the burden of shame as sinners, seeking salvation, mercy, and truth in Christ Alone.

Elder Matthew Davis
Covenant Reformed Church
at Grass Valley

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