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Acts 12

Acts 12

“About that time Herod the king laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church. He killed James the brother of John with the sword, and when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of Unleavened Bread.” Acts 12:1-3

Here is the scenario: Jesus had been crucified. However, there was a major controversy. Hundreds of people claimed to see Jesus after the horrific event—which He resurrected.

Jesus’s Gospel of repentance and faith was spreading like wildfire. Jesus’s disciples were relentless as they preached the Good News to every region. Many people were turning away from Judaism and toward Christianity. What started with a few disciples, launched into a massive movement.

Naturally, the religious Hebrew zealots started to feel threatened. The vehemently felt that this movement had to be stopped less Christianity overtake their region. Herod, a political leader felt the same way. He wasted no time in murdering John the Baptist’s’ brother, James. Thereafter, Herod pursued and arrested Peter who happened to be the most influential church leader. In fact, anyone with the title Christian was in a dire situation..

Soldier, the order from our Commander has been given. It will not be easy; the road will be difficult. Should you take upon yourselves the “helmet of salvation” and the “sword of the spirit,” you are making a declaration of war. It is war against the god of this era who is “a roaring lion, waiting to devour you.” It is certain that you will face persecution because the world will hate you. They will despise you. They may even kill you. Although the sacrifice is great, the reward is worth it. For the fallen warriors that are “faithful until death”.. Jesus “will give you the crown of life”! (Rev 2:10). May God give us supernatural faith, so we may never waiver regardless of the consequences.