The Persecuted

Matthew 5:1-12

While persecution is something most people avoid at all costs Christ arrives on the stage of history and claims it is nothing less than an essential part of following him. He says that, in a mysterious way, those who are persecuted for righteousness sake are blessed and in that blessing will possess the Kingdom of Heaven. In this message hear how Jesus' teachings and life show us that a life lived righteously over a period of time brings persecution as the Kingdom of Heaven crashes into the kingdom of men.

 

Those Who Hunger and Thirst For Righteousness

Matthew 5:1-12

In the beatitudes Christ blesses the unexpected and as he approaches the idea of righteousness his language slightly shifts. He speaks of those who desire righteousness in terms of the most basic and primal human needs- hunger and thirst. There are those who literally and figuratively hunger and thirst for righteousness in their lives and the lives of others. Often they are treated with disdain as not being willing to accept the "real world". Christ comes and says they are blessed but not only are they blessed they will be filled, their need will be met, their hunger will be satisfied.