It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.
Not long ago, a friend of mine sends me the photo above on Facebook. Thoughtfully, he adds this tag: "That woman over there, Martha . . . I saw her with Him . . . she's one of His disciples . . . yeah, she has a blog about it, too . . ."
Wow . . .
This is truly the greatest honor I could be given - recognized as a disciple of Jesus by others because this blog holds enough evidence to prove it.
But, what really makes me think is the word "arrested" on the marquis. I am well aware that Christians in many parts of the world are arrested, persecuted, tortured, jailed, and even killed because of their faith. I can't imagine the agony and fear, anguish and pain . . .
Yet, they refuse to renounce their belief in their Savior, Christ Jesus.
And, I wonder . . .
What if I found myself in such circumstances? What would my reaction be? Would I stand courageously for the Lord I espouse to love, or would I, as Peter did at Jesus' trial, deny Him in order to preserve my own life?
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. ~Matthew 16:25
This verse comes immediately to mind. And, I remember, with sadness and bitterness, how bleak and lonely my life was before I asked Jesus into my heart. Without Him, I am nothing. I owe everything to Him. I can never repay the sacrifice He made for me on the cross.
And, I realize in an instant what I would do for this Jesus I love. Who loves me without measure.
I'd lay down my life . . .
What are you willing to do for Jesus?
Will you pray with me?
We pray today, Father, for all Christians in the world today who are being persecuted for their beliefs. Help them to stay firm in the faith. Let their witness of devotion to Christ Jesus convict and convert the hearts and minds of others. Amen.