“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Jesus Christ once pointed out that His disciples would suffer for the sake of the kingdom and the righteousness of God. In the Bible, there are many characters who were persecuted for the sake of Jesus Christ and the gospel. Jesus suffered great persecution from the religious leaders of His day. After the establishment of the apostolic church, Jesus’ followers were persecuted for taking a stand for the Lord.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Mt 5:9)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is our peace — that is the origin of peace. He made peace between men and God by shedding His blood on the cross. He broke down barriers between men. He is a great peacemaker — He preached peace.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Mt 5:8)
Just as crystal-clear pure water in a mountain lake allows us to see all the way to the lake’s bottom, a person with a pure heart is transparent in their character. They show favor and extend kindness without expecting anything in return.
“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.” (1 Tim 1:5)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Mt 5:7)
The Song of the Servant in Isaiah 42:1-4 was quoted in Matthew 12:18-21 with reference to Jesus Christ, the Chosen One. Verse 3 depicts that Jesus Christ is compassionate and merciful.
” A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.”
(Isa 42:3 NIV)
“A bruised reed” describes a person who almost breaks down, feeling broken and bruised. “A smoldering wick” describes a person who is hopeless and burned out spiritually.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Mt 5:6)
Righteousness is holy and upright living, in accordance with God’s standard. God’s character is the definition and source of all righteousness. He is all holy, just and good; He is the standard of righteousness. Therefore, the righteousness of man is defined by doing what is right in God’s eyes.
To hunger means to be needy. It is joined with thirst. When man is spiritually reborn, he has a God-given hunger and thirst or inner passion for righteousness. This hunger and thirst continue throughout the life of the believer. The act of hungering and thirsting for righteousness is the by-product of a renewed life. We can become righteous in Christ and be led in the paths of righteousness through His presence within.