“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. For that is how their fathers treated the prophets.’”
These things are the exact opposite of what I wish for in this life. I want to be wealthy, happy and loved by everyone. But that’s not the reality of this world. This world is filled with pain and sorrow, especially for those who follow Jesus. The pastor at my church often talks about the Last Days, and how they are coming upon us ever so quickly. With this come more famine, more disasters, more sorrow and more persecution for Christians. These are depressing things, but they must come about in the end for our Lord to be victorious. In the verses above Jesus offers hope. In the midst of all these tings, he promises to give us eternal riches, eternal fullness, and eternal happiness in the kingdom of God. We can cling onto to an everlasting peace and joy, if only we ask.
In a world filled with so much pain, I long for this joy. Come Lord Jesus!