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Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian on November 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. (Luke 6:20-23)
Exclude you, insult you and reject your name as evil…..because of the Son of Man. Yes,
this does happen a lot. Many are rejected by their own family because of accepting Jesus
as Lord and Savior. Some are thrown out of houses. Some are persecuted with threats that
they may even be killed. Some are even killed. Jesus said, “Rejoice” when such things
happen. How can someone rejoice when such things happen? It’s impossible unless one
thinks of the final reward. If we think of the temporal in such situations, we cannot
survive. As we read in the book of Hebrews regarding Moses, the great servant of God.
“By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's
daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the
pleasures of sin for a short time. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater
value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” (Hebrews
John the Apostle writes in the book of Revelation about the final state of the ones who
have lived a life faithful to the Lord even though they faced trials while living on earth.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had
passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her
husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is
with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be
with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no
more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Are we looking for our final reward? If yes, then Jesus says, we are blessed.