How to finish well in the face of persecution
November 23, 2010
When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, "It is finished," and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
It's sometimes funny when you meet people for the first time and then it comes up that you're a Christian. It's like all of a sudden you feel lumped in with every old televangelist and revival preacher on TV and you have to pronounce "God" with three syllables:
But in all seriousness, it's certainly true that when that moment comes that you tell non-believers what you believe, you may very well encounter push-back from them. In fact, the Scripture tells us that "all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" (2 Timothy 3:12).
So whenever you feel alienated from others because of your faith, remember Jesus' words on the cross, "It is finished." Jesus was rejected by the Jews and the Romans, and his closest friends abandoned him in his darkest hour. Yet, he boldly finished the work God the Father had for him.
So when persecution comes and you feel rejected because of your faith, remember the faithfulness of Jesus, the one who experienced the ultimate rejection. He is your true example of one who withstood the trials of persecution and finished well!
WHEN YOU ARE PERSECUTED FOR YOUR FAITH, REMEMBER JESUS' FAITHFULNESS AND FINISH WELL!
MY GIFT TO YOU!
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