Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:10 ESV)
Maintaining an unwavering faith in Jesus Christ in the face of persecution is not easy, but the greatest prize of being with God in eternity awaits us. Martyrs declare the worthiness of Christ by their commitment to him, remaining steadfast in their belief no matter what happens to them. At the core of their conscience, they know God is the only one can “destroy both soul and body in hell”and that Jesus is the “Author of Life” (Matthew 10:28; Acts 3:15).
When the furnace of life heats up with with persecution, we can be certain that our Lord will keep us from burning in the fire just like he did with Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego (Daniel 3:23-25). Our God is King and is all-powerful. No one can subdue him or override his will, and I believe that is what Jesus is implying when he said “blessed are the persecuted.” They are rewarded for their faith because they would rather die than denounce their belief in the Almighty God. Our Lord settles the score by purging evil and sustaining all that is good because he is the Supreme Law that preserves justice and righteousness. By faith, Jesus is our confidence and hope, and we don’t have to worry about the final outcome of our lives because we will be saved.
“…so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him” (Hebrews 9:28).