Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Martyrs for Christ

I have been so moved to pray for the Christians in Iraq and in many other countries who are suffering and being killed because they refuse to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.

I was thinking about how we judge Peter, Jesus' disciple, because, when he was questioned, he denied knowing Christ three times on the night before Jesus was crucified. We wonder if we would have denied Him.  Maybe a better question is: "Would we have even followed Jesus at all, or would we have been like some of the Pharisees, bowing to tradition and the praise of man, rather than listening to God?"

Thank God for one of the Pharisees, NICODEMUS, who came to question Jesus. Because of his honest questions, we have been given the answer to LIFE"S GREATEST QUESTION in Jesus' own words.

"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.

God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again.

Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind SON OF GOD when introduced to him."

John 3:16-18 The Message


KathyB. said...

How true, and what encouraging words, thank-you Karen. It is so easy to forget His promises as we get bogged down in the here and now of life, that we forget He IS HERE right NOW!

Joy said...

Amen, sista!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

It is easy to forget all the Lord has done for us and be so quick to judge other people! Great post!

K-Sue said...

I was reading in Deuteronomy this morning, and now to read this - I am SO GLAD I live in this time! It would be SO HARD to live waiting for the promise.

Daisy said...

Lovely and reassuring post, Karen. I hope you have a nice weekend.

Nonnie said...

I've been trying to put myself in the shoes of those suffering in Iraq. I cannot help but think how hard it must be to hold fast in such horrible persecution. Praying for them to persevere because the stakes are high and praying God's mercy and grace and comfort to equip them with what they need.