The Sermon on the Mount begins with Jesus leading people up a mountain to meet with God. But instead of Jesus leading them to something outside of himself, he begins to teach them as the God they came to meet with. He begins by showing them what it means to be a blessed follower of the Kingdom of God.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.Matthew 5:11-12