The Doorpost: Reviled for Christ? Leap for joy!
By Ray King · Mar 22, 2021
Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven, for so their fathers did to the prophets.
There is a lot of hate, exclusion, and revulsion aimed at people who follow Jesus Christ and against those who follow practices consistent with Biblical principles.
Jesus said that when these things happen to us, we are blessed. That is what they did to the prophets. He said to “Rejoice and leap for joy. You will receive a great reward in heaven.” Is that what we do, or is our reaction just the opposite?
In Acts 5:40-42, the apostles were beaten and ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus, but they left rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the Name. And, every day, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus.
Rejoice. Leap for joy. Your reward is great in heaven.
Ray King is editor emeritus of the Samaritan Ministries Christian Health Care Newsletter.