In Matthew 5:10-12, after pronouncing blessings on the poor in spirit, the mourners, the meek, the hungry and thirsty, the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers, Jesus pronounced two blessings on those who are persecuted. In pronouncing this double blessing on the persecuted, Jesus is effectively establishing an expectation that those who live according to the values of the kingdom of heaven will be persecuted.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
– Matthew 5:10-12