Most of the information below was taken from “We Believe In God” posted on 7/25/2019.
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HOW JESUS’ APOSTLES DIED
- Matthew: Suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
- Mark: Died in Alexandria, Egypt after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
- Luke: Was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
- John: Faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution In Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
- Peter: Was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
- James: The leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club. This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the temptation.
- James: Was the Son of Zebedee, a fisherman by trade, when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was beheaded in Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
- Bartholomew: Also known as Nathaniel, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
- Andrew: Was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words, “I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the Body of Christ hanging on it”. He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
- Thomas: Was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the subcontinent.
- Jude: Was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
- Matthias: The apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot. He was stoned and then beheaded.
- Paul: Was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this biblical history lesson is a reminder to us that our sufferings are indeed minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by the apostles and disciples during their times for the sake of their faith in Jesus Christ. “You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (Matthew 10:22)
- Why do we feel sleepy in prayer but stay awake through a 3-hour movie?
- Why are we so bored when we read the Holy Bible but find it easy to read other books and magazines?
- Why is it so easy to ignore an online message about God yet we are addicted to all the crazy stuff on Facebook and YouTube?
- Why is attending a church service becoming more unpopular while hanging out in bars, night clubs, and many other entertainment venues becoming more popular?
- Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity but very difficult to engage with God?
You may find the answers to these questions, and a whole lot more, in a book I recently wrote, What IN the World Is Wrong With This World?
Please pass this on to all other Christian brothers and sisters you may know as encouragement to stand fast in the face of ridicule and persecution. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
See you next week for more Wisdom Matters!