Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man. (Luke 6:22)
Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets. (Luke 6:26)
This final paradox is an interesting one, and to be honest, I can almost see a parallel in the current news of our time. Jesus is speaking however about being rejected because of our faith in Him and His message.
It is somewhat difficult to accept that we are fortunate and should be glad to be excluded and rejected because of our faith in Christ, yet this is so because God’s message and God’s ways are counter to those of this world. This was true in the Old Testament, in Jesus’ day, and it is still true today it will be true until He returns.
For me, the really telling verse is 6:26; that one is devastating. The false prophets were accorded honor and popularity; the true prophets of God were routinely murdered. Woe to those today who are so highly regarded in this world, those who are praised by all for their views, for they have just been put into the category of false prophets.
It makes a person really think about their priorities, doesn’t it?