Understanding the Beatitudes 8 of 8
Understanding the Beatitudes Series 8 of 8
“Blessed are they which are persecuted” Rev. Christine 3/19/2020
Today we complete the series based on the Beatitudes from Christ Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12, with the 8th Beatitude “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely; for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
This is probably the most difficult to understand and is often misunderstood as promoting martyrs. We are reminded there are several levels of meaning to the Beatitudes. On the surface it seems hard to understand how anyone could be blessed while being persecuted or reviled against for righteousness and following a life committed to God. At the time, we may not be able to see the greater good that is to follow.
I remind you that the word “righteousness” means “right-use-ness.” When one is using principle according to right-use-ness many people and structures of this world may be threatened. They don’t understand the greater principle; that this is a spiritual world based on the principle of Love.
Its not always easy being the one that will stand upon principle when from the world view is seen so differently. But to remember that true power is always from the silence within, not from without or the world of form. Nothing can come into our experience unless it finds something in us where it is attuned, and so to have trouble and difficulty is only a sign that our own mentality needs clearing up. All persecution and hindrance are brought forth from within. Therefore, go within asking “How can I see this differently?” or “What do I need to change?”.
What do people fear the most, besides the dentist or public speaking – change. Right-use-ness of principle inevitably brings upon change. Truth demonstrated brings forth change in our life and affects the world consciousness. Again we are reminded that all change is good even when it seems opposed to what we believe is good. For that reason we refrain from judging by appearances and look deeper and beyond, and in time Truth will be revealed.
Just think what would happen to the world if everyone understood the source is within you “Seek first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness; and all of these things shall be added unto you.” “Ask in thine name and you shall receive.” Remember the miracles of healing, the multiplying of the loaves and fishes, and the gold coin from the fish’s mouth?
What would happen to the world trade market, the value of money, and the need for medicine? The balance of our world would turn upside down. Its no wonder these truths have been suppressed for so long by governments and religious leaders of the land, and have persecuted prophets and master teachers for teaching right-use-ness of Truth principle.
Have you ever stepped into a conversation that is very negative, where a group is gossiping, criticizing, debating others, and then try to change the direction or tone? Its like putting your head on a chopping block – all that anger and attack gets redirected at the one intruding. Instead of trying to change or stop the poor behavior - be the example.
Another way to look at this is through basic science. We know that all is made of atoms with groups of atoms vibrating together at the same speed. Let’s say there are a group of atoms vibrating at a very slow rate as of an ice cube. Then there is another group of atoms that comes along moving at a higher vibration, such as hot air and moves against the ice.
Now the outer edges of the ice will begin to vibrate more quickly, and those atoms will become free and float away. Atoms next to those that became steam will also quicken and become just water. While those at the core of the ice cube remain the same. Although, now with less physical mass. Increased exposure to the higher vibration will result in more atoms vibrating at a higher rate.
Those atoms transforming to steam are swept away in bliss. While the slower vibrating atoms transformed to water will feel irritation not really knowing why, and may feel threatened for its very existence – its not ice nor steam. Although, the water will eventually slowly evaporate to steam. Eventually the ice will no longer be frozen, and will too transform.
The dictionary defines persecuting as “To pursue with harassing or oppressive treatments to oppress with injury or punishment for adherence to principles or religious faith. To annoy persistently.” Then it came to me, who was persecuting.
Jesus Christ was a rebel rouser, he was definitely annoying the priests persistently. He did not talk kindly about them. He spoke directly against the way they were treating their people. Although, Jesus knew they were upset with him, he came out of hiding, and with fanfare entered Jerusalem to which is known today as Palm Sunday. The next day, Jesus then entered the temple and overturned the merchants tables for making the temple into a den of thieves, and kicked them out.
The Jewish high priests were threatened by the powers Jesus had demonstrated. He healed the lame and sick, feed the multitudes, walked on water, and even raised the dead. But, mostly they were threatened by him and his followers for upsetting the status quo under the Roman rule. For Jesus promised freedom and a new kingdom.
Metaphysically, we can see the high priesthood representing the law, or beliefs in a high state of power in our life. And, this law or belief can easily be revealed of its falsehood, and superseded by truth - the truth that sets us free. These beliefs don’t want to lose their hold and control over our life and will fight us with vile attacks, fear and doubt. The Roman rule represents the law of the land, the power being given outside yourself, power placed in the physical senses.
It is evidenced in scripture that Christ Jesus knew exactly what was to happen to him in fulfillment of scripture prophecy. In Matt. 26:2, it reads “You know that after two days the Passover will come, and the Son of man will be betrayed to be crucified.” In John 18, “I do not say this concerning all of you, for I know those whom I have chosen; but that the scripture might be fulfilled, He who eats bread with me has lifted up his heel against me.”
Then in John 25-26 and 31-32, “So that disciple leaned himself on the breast of Jesus, and said to him My Lord, who is he? Jesus answered, saying, The one for whom I dip bread and give it to him. So Jesus dipped the bread, and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon of Iscariot.” “What you are going to do, do it soon. So Judas then received the bread and went outside immediately...” Jesus then said, Now the Son of man is glorified, and God is glorified by him.”
Judas was truly hated, reviled and persecuted for doing what was needed to be done. His commitment to Jesus the Christ was truly a high calling. Judas has been written in the Bible, and countless sermons and books as the evil disciple who betrayed Jesus. He was blamed for two thousand years for the arrest of Jesus and eventual crucifixion, and many still do. You hear the word Judas, and immediately relate it to betrayal.
Until in recent years did scholars find the truth in scrolls. Judas was the most trusted and loyal disciple, and was only fulfilling what Jesus had directed him to do for the fulfillment of the crucifixion for the resurrection and ascension to follow. In order for Jesus to demonstrate our true spiritual eternal nature.
A matching scripture is in Matt. 5:43-44, “You have heard that it is said, Be kind to your friend, and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless anyone who curses you, do good to anyone who hates you, and pray for those who carry you away by force and persecute you.”
When I have brought this up about loving your enemies, that God loves all equally, and that all are to be forgiven. I get people’s anger - like the steam rubbing against the ice cube. For they are still judging by appearances based on the 5 senses, and cannot understand this world is but a reflection of our misconceptions. But, when we reveal the true light of wisdom, then we shall see truly our oneness with each other and Oneness in God.
When a master teacher comes into this world with a higher vibration then change begins. Some people are swept up in bliss while others are dissatisfied with their lives and are searching for their bliss. Others still are standing on the fence. While many more aren’t even aware of changes taking place.
Then those at the core of worldly power are threatened by this change they are seeing in society, and will fight for their way of life by putting down the new way and making false accusations – applying fear tactics.
In this light we can see how persecution is blessed. Those transformed rise above and follow their bliss. They experience heaven on earth. They are not ruffled by other’s opinions, and have overcome the tribulations of this world knowing God within.
In another light, we can see that we are truly all one and that we only persecute our self. How many times a day do we say against our self falsely? Do we revile ourselves? We affirm the truth, and then turn around the next moment denying our truth. It is these times when we must stand firm in our truth. Inwardly, deny the false and speak the truth. This is a form of crucifixion and resurrection. We are taking dominion of our Holy Temple.
Seeing this at another level in prayer, to reach the Christ consciousness, we first must clear out in consciousness our many thoughts and concerns (our money changers). Next is to release our old beliefs that have limited us based on false information given by our senses.
Giving up our beliefs is the most challenging. People will fight to death in defense of their beliefs. Yet, to take that next step in consciousness, we must be willing to let them go for the greater truth. Then we enter in that high state of Christ consciousness. Our world is shaken and transformed, the rock is rolled back, and we are free to be.
Our pursuit of these eight attitudes which govern human behavior, and prayer life, is our great task in life. Centering our life in the persistent quest toward knowing the Spirit of God within, our true power source, and in all life everywhere, shall ultimately provide the treasure of God’s Kingdom.
Then Jesus the Christ followed the Beatitudes with “You are indeed the light of the world” and “Let your light so shine.” This is our work – to have our vibration radiating brilliant light uniting and evolving humanity through the power of its love.
I shall now rewrite this last Beatitude to “Joyful am I, as I stay true to myself in living the Principle of Love, and persistently I let my light so shine.”