Jesus you are worth it! You will be glorified in my life and death! The Lamb that was slain is worthy!
“4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a[a] thousand years.” – Revelation 20:4
There is only one who is worthy of worship and adoration. There is only one whom heavenly creatures worship day and night saying “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come”. There is only one who was found worthy to open the scroll and loose its seals. There is only one who is the firstborn of creation, the image of the invisible God and reigns supreme over all creation. There is only one way to the Father. He is eternal Life and the way to eternal Life. His name is exalted above all other names and at the mention of His name every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under earth and every tongue declares that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
“They didn’t love their lives to the death” – Revelation 12:11
He died a criminal’s death, but the grave couldn’t hold him. He rose a victor and is sitting at the right hand of His Father. Many have considered His sacrifice and considered their life nothing without Him. And to those who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. He was hated by the world, and since we are His, we consider it an honor to be mistreated, insulted, persecuted, and martyred for His name’s sake. A servant is not greater than his master or a student than his teacher. The Life He gives, costs nothing yet everything at the same time. You can’t do anything to earn His grace, but it will cost you everything you hold dear.
Yesterday a video surfaced online of 30 brave Ethiopian souls who “didn’t love their lives to the death” and “did not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but feared Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” A few weeks ago 147 Students were killed in Kenya, because they wouldn’t denounce Jesus even at gun point. Many have been slaughtered, burned, imprisoned, and separated from family members for Christ’s sake recently. Yet, what those who persecute us do not realize is that they are preparing us for a bigger honor and greater glory than anything here on earth.
The many brave children, young men and women, fathers and mothers who have been slain for Jesus’ sake join an elite group of men and women who have chosen to suffer with Christ, in order that they may also share in His Glory.
Martyrs’ Hall of Fame
- John the Baptist – beheaded in prison and his head presented to Herodias’ daughter by king Herod.
- Stephen – Stoned outside the city while seeing the heavens open and seeing Jesus and the Glory of God.
- Peter the apostle – Considering himself unworthy to be crucified as Christ, died on the cross upside down.
- Matthew – became a missionary to the Persians, Parthians and Medes. Legend has it that he died a Martyr in Ethiopia.
- Thomas – After preaching in Persia, died a martyr in Persia or India.
- James Alpheus – thrown down from the temple by the scribes and Pharisees. He was then stoned and his brains dashed out with a fuller’s club.
- Jude (Thaddeus) – He taught in Armenia, Syria and Persia where he was martyred. Buried in current day Iran.
- Andrew – He preached in Greece and Asian minor. Reported to have been crucified in Greece.
“12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” – Matthew 5:12(NKJV)
So Friend, do not be discouraged when you hear news of fellow believers dying for His name’s sake. But rather rejoice, knowing that His return is near. The world is not worthy of these men and women, who have crossed into glory to be adorned with white robes and be in the presence of their savior!
“12 Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.” – Mark 13:12(NKJV)
“24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; 25 the stars of heaven will fall, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.” – Mark 13: 24-26(NKJV)
Maranatha Marantha! Lord Jesus Come quickly!
“20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” – Revelation 22:20(NKJV)