Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day

I read this from Mark Batterson and wanted to pass it along. It's a great reminder this memorial day:

Very few people can name the twelve Apostles and even fewer know anything about them. Hope this changes that. On thisMemorial Day weekend when we remember those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, it seems appropriate to share how each of the twelve apostles died.

James the brother of John was killed with a sword during a persecution initiated by King Herod in AD 44.

Andrew was hung on an olive tree around 70 AD. Doubting Thomaswas thrust through with pine spears, tortured with red-hot plates, and burned alive around 70 AD.

Philip went to Phrygia where he was tortured and crucified in AD 54.

was beheaded sometime after 60 AD.

was flayed after he refused to recant. After the removal of his skin, he was crucified in 70 AD.

James the lesser was taken to the top of the Temple where a crowd gathered.
When he refused to recant, he was thrown down. He survived the fall so a mob beat him to death with clubs in 63 AD.

Simon the Zealot was crucified by the governor of Syria in AD 74.

Judas Thaddeus
ministered in Mesopotamia where he was beaten to death with sticks in AD 72.

Matthias, who replaced Judas Iscariot, went to Ethiopia and was stoned to death while hanging on a cross in AD 70.
According to Eusebius, the third century historian, Peter thought himself unworthy to die in the manner in which Jesus was crucified so he requested that he be crucified upside-down. And last but not least, John the beloved is the only disciple who died a natural death, but that doesn't mean he was exempt from persecution. He was exiled to the Island of Patmos and according to legend, thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil.

I’m not sure what that does to you. In fact, I'm not sure what that does to me. But I know this: I'm grateful for the estimated 70 million martyrs who have died because of their faith in Jesus Christ. And I'm grateful for the freedoms I enjoy as an American. May we never take them for granted.


At 7:21 AM, May 31, 2010 , Anonymous Jaimee said...

Awhile back Allen and I did some reading from The Martyr's Mirror and Fox's Book of Martyrs... It's one of those things you don't want to really think about, but worth occasionally being disturbed by.

At 7:28 AM, May 31, 2010 , Blogger Jonathan Everette said...

One of my favorite classes in seminary was on the persecuted church. We've got it so easy compared to some of the rest of the world. It's good to be reminded of that occasionally.

At 8:02 AM, May 31, 2010 , Anonymous Jaimee said...

That's how I feel about the house churches in China and other places where people following Jesus have to fight and struggle and really purpose to be The Church. We have it so easy, yet we don't take full advantage of our freedoms.


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