22 August 2021
by Abraham Verghese
Joy from beating
Luke 6: 22-23:
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.
Also read Acts 5: 12 – 42.
People hate you, exclude ( avoid ) you, revile ( insult ) you and spurn your name as evil ( slander ) you ……..would it be reasonable to expect a person who is at the receiving end of such treatment to be joyful or feel blessed? It would be difficult to think of false accusations, unjust punishment, and persecution as being privileges. However, that was how Jesus was treated by his fellow countrymen.
The Bible does warn us that we should expect similar treatment while we are in this world. When we reflect upon our lives, there would have been, over the years many instances that our values and ethics as Christians would have been contrary to the ways of the fallen world – whether in our educational institutions, our workplaces, social settings and even our family lives. It would have made it easier for us to conform to the ways of the world so that we are tolerated or even loved, not avoided, not insulted or slandered. The Bible reminds us that God has special blessings in store for those who are mistreated for their commitment to God. When we identify with Christ’s suffering, we are drawn closer to Him. He gives us strength to endure. Our life styles being different in that our actions reflect that we live the talk becomes a powerful witness for Christ.
In Acts 5: 12 – 42 we read the account of the apostles being put in prison because they testified about Christ. They were warned not to preach any more about Christ before they were released. In verse 40 it stated that they were beaten, and in verse 41 it is recorded that they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonour for the name of Jesus. In the next verse it is noted that they did not cease preaching and teaching that Christ is Jesus.
Heavenly Father, thank you that we are your children and You are our Father and our Sovereign Lord. May our hearts rejoice in good times and in bad times. May we rejoice when we suffer because we are Your people and do not conform to the ways and expectations of this fallen world. In Jesus name, we do pray. Amen.
星期日2021 年 8 月 22 日
路加福音 6：22-23 人为人子恨恶你们，拒绝你们，辱骂你们，弃掉你们的名以为是恶，你们就有福了！当那日，你们要欢喜跳跃，因为你们在天上的赏赐是大的。他们的祖宗待先知也是这样。
另请阅读使徒行传 5：12 – 42。
在使徒行传 5：12-42 中，我们读到使徒为基督作见证而被关进监狱的记载。他们被警告在获释之前不要再传讲基督。 40 节说他们被殴打，41 节记载他们因为配得为耶稣的名受辱而欢喜。在下一节中，注意到他们并没有停止传讲和教导主耶稣是基督。