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Lesson 26: Happiness in the Kingdom, Part 2: Prestige and Persecution (Luke 6:17-26)

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In part 2 of the examination of this text we again look at the key idea of, “happy are you who find your satisfaction in Christ and His kingdom,” and particularly in this message, “…and have abandoned the quest to find satisfaction in the prestige this kingdom offers.” In this passage, we continue to observe how Jesus takes concepts that we would conceive to be categorized one way and reverses them so that we might see something of greater value to pursue in place of that concept. Pastor Daniel points out Jesus’s message that, “Blessed are you who weep,” helping us to understand that we are fortunate if the state of this present world brings us sorrow and godly discontentment. Furthermore, in studying the statement, “Blessed are you who are hated,” the challenge comes to consider ourselves fortunate if we crave the reward of our King more than the approval of rebellious fellow slaves. This is a message for those who wonder if Jesus offers something better than anything this world presents us with.

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Basics for Christians, Kingdom, Spiritual Life