THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH! (Part #2) 1-19-2014

posted Jan 19, 2014, 7:07 AM by Dale Barnes

“Through faith...Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.  They were stoned, they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword.  They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute. persecuted and mistreated--the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith…” (Heb.11:35-39 NIV)

Not many days after the death and resurrection of Jesus that “They (religious leaders) called the apostles in and had them flogged.  Then they ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.  The apostles left the Sanhedrin (religious leaders), rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.” (Acts 5:40-41 NIV)

Even in this day, Men and women are persecuted and even killed because they are Christians; followers of Jesus.  In many places Christians are told not to speak and share their faith under penalty of prison.  Even in this country, where there is guaranteed religious liberty, Christian leaders are sometimes warned not to pray in the name of Jesus.

The Good News (Gospel) is the greatest message given to all mankind.  It is the message of God’s love to people everywhere that Jesus died for their sins and was literally raised from the dead, and that through him God grants forgiveness of all sins and a new life by the power of Holy Spirit.  This is worth standing for and giving out so that all may hear and hopefully believe.  If there is a price (persecution) to be paid to do so, then may we gladly pay it.