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Persecuting Jesus

Andy544 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 6:49 PM
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives even unto death." Revelation 12:11 "If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you." John 15:18-19 "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as if some strange thing were happening to you: but rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings..." 1st Peter 4:12-13

This column was co-authored by Bob Morrison

The nineteenth century French painting, Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer--today hangs in the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore. It has not lost its capacity to shock. In the Roman Circus, the small flock of Christians is huddled in the sand, kneeling around their aged pastor. We see weeping little children, whole families gathered. In the stands are tens of thousands of people, none of whose faces are visible, but they are colorfully dressed, awaiting a special entertainment. The scene is eerily lighted by flaming crosses. Looking more closely, however, we see those crosses bear...