“You must work, run, and make an effort so that you will not be embarrassed before people and God. If you are lazy at such an important time as this, how embarrassing would it be to stand before martyrs who worked at the cost of their lives.”
Do we ever take into consideration what those who came before us had to go through in order for us to be able to have God’s word?
Here is a list of how Christ’s disciples (the 12, and some others) were tortured, persecuted, and killed.
Simon Peter: Crucified upside down during the reign of Roman Emperor Nero. According to records and traditions he did not find himself worthy to be crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ.
Andrew: (the brother of Peter) Crucified on an X-shaped cross in Patras (Ancient Patrae), in Achaia.
James: (son of Alphaeus) Preached in Syria and is believed to have been clubbed to death.
John: Boiled in large basin of oil during a wave of persecution in Rome, however, he miraculously escaped death. He was sent into exile on the island of Patmos, where the book of Revelation was seen, heard, and recorded by Apostle John. He died an old man, and the only apostle to die a natural death.
James: (son of Zebedee, brother of John) Beheaded by King Herod
Matthew: (the tax collector) Faced martyrdom in Naddabar, Ethiopia, and died of a sword/axe wound.
Philip: The sixth disciple of Jesus. Stoned and crucified.
Bartholomew: (aka Nathanael) Is believed to have preached the gospel in Armenia, India, Mesopotamia, Persia and Phrygia. It is believed that he suffered the terrible double sentence of being flayed alive and then crucified.
Thomas: (aka Didymus) Speared to death in India.
Simon: (the zealot) Believed to have been crucified in Persia.
Thaddaeus: (aka Judas or Jude) Crucified at Edessa.
Matthias: (replaced Judas Iscariot, Acts 1:26) He preached in Syria, but returned to Rome, where it is believed he was burned to death.
Mark: Dragged by horses through the streets of Alexandria, Egypt, until he was dead.
Stephen: Stoned to death (Acts 7:54-60)
Luke: Hanged in Greece.
Paul: Tortured and then beheaded by Roman Emperor Nero in the mid-60’s (thought to be 67 A.D.) at Tre Fontane Abbey.
We have not been called to die at this time, but rather to obey fully and keep the new covenant. Yet, today, it seems like people think that even that is too much to be expected of us.
Have you ever considered what those who went before us had to go through?