“Death, Be Not Proud”

All know the apostles were all  martyred, excluding John. I’ve heard it said it was because they lived in such an evil culture. I don’t think that was the reason. Our culture is just as bad as Rome’s, some would argue worse.

They were martyred because they unashamedly lived supernatural lives. They were a threat. They SCARED Hell. The gates of Hell could not prevail against them. So satan tried to take them out. Seems he didn’t learn anything from how the whole killing-the-Son-of-God-plan backfired.

Killing a Christian causes no harm to them, and certainly does not accomplish satan’s plans. Death is a reward. E.H. Hamliton said it perfectly:

“Afraid? Of what?

To feel the spirit’s glad release?

To pass from pain to perfect peace?

The strife and the strain of life to cease?

Afraid –  of that?

Afraid? Of what?

Afraid to see the Savior’s face

To hear His welcome, and to trace

the glory gleam from wounds of grace?

Afraid – of that?

Afraid? Of what?

A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;

Darkness, light, O Heaven’s art!

A wound of His a counterpart!

Afraid – of that?

Afraid? Of what?

To do by death what life could not –

baptized with blood a stony plot,

Till souls shall blossom from the spot?

Afraid – of that!”

The blood of martyrs is just fertilizer – it’s always a victory.

It does this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSv4vBcFyvo

“The people of the Cross come to die at your gates. If you won’t hear our message with words, then we will show you with our lives. Laid down.”

I will live a life that is just as scary to satan. I will settle for nothing less than supernatural. “Tread on scorpions” and all that.

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