The Life of Jesus Christ - Chapter 4 - Jesus, the great teacher - Part 10
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This is the result of the *beatitudes in Matthew 5.
If we behave in God's way, other people will oppose us. They might even attack us. All these *beatitudes show qualities which are different from those of other people. If we live like this, people will notice us. They will not like us, and they will hate us. Jesus himself warned that this would happen. He said it many times. Not long after Jesus returned to be with God, men killed Stephen (Acts 7). He was the first person to die because he was a Christian.
Often people think that a Christian is nice, popular, and will never offend anyone. If we think that, we are wrong. We have no idea at all what a Christian is.
Notice what these words say. They do not say: ‘God *blesses you when other people attack you for an idea’. They do not say: ‘…. when other people attack you for political reasons’. They say this: ‘…. when other people attack you because you please God’. You have a desire to tell other people the good news about Jesus. You want to tell them about the *Kingdom of God. In Luke’s *Gospel it says clearly that the attack is because of the *Son of Man [that is, Jesus] (Luke 6:22). This is what causes the attack.
This *sermon on the mountain has several tests for us. This is perhaps the most difficult test. We should ask ourselves these questions:
· Do our lives cause people to oppose us, because we behave in God's way?
· Are we just nice citizens of our world, who do not upset the Devil at all?
· Or are we really obeying Christ and his *Kingdom?
God makes a wonderful promise when other people attack us, because of Christ. He promises that we will belong to the *Kingdom of God. In that *Kingdom there is no pain, no tears and no death. There we will be glad that we will always be with God. But we can have some of this experience now. The *Kingdom of God is already with us. God already *blesses us in many ways.
*Sermon on Mount [Mountain] *beatitudes: poor in *spirit | sad | humble | desire for goodness | forgive | pure heart | make peace | when other people attack
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