For many people the idea of a blessing is always something wrapped in something sweet. A reward for labor, a miracle birth or a unexpected check or someone paying for your meal or groceries. Promotion or a job that pays well. We rarely, if ever, think of God’s discipline and tests as blessings. We never think of unemployment or sickness as blessings. We never think of death as a blessing, but we should.
As a believer in Jesus Christ, you have been granted eternal life and the privilege of knowing that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. Jesus was ordered to the cross and died. His death for him was not what we think as a blessing, but his death was a blessing. Through the death of Jesus, resurrection was made possible, eternal life, was made possible. Forgiveness of sin was made possible, the gift of the Holy Spirit was made possible. Baptism was made possible. The power of God in man was made possible. Through the DEATH of Jesus all these blessings become a reality. It was a blessing for Jesus to be crucified.
When you canvas the Scriptures you find story after story of criminals (Peter, Paul, John, Stephen, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were men God favored and blessed, but to the outside they were not. Christians are losing employment, their business, illegally jailed, and killed, but just like the people of the Bible to the outside world they are criminals.
Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. The devil will throw some of you into prison to test you. You will suffer for ten days. But if you remain faithful even when facing death, I will give you the crown of life (Revelation 2:10).