Before I make a comment, please read these verses thoughtfully and carefully. They are in the setting where Jesus predicts that “nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.”
“But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness” (Luke 21:10–13).
How important to allow these words from Jesus to adjust our perspective on persecution and suffering for Christ. I remember being in a country (I must leave unnamed), where persecution is real. A dear lady was open, telling others about Jesus and how He has brought eternal life and forgiveness of sins if they only believe. Over and over, the police would put her in prison. This became her opportunity to preach the gospel to the prisoners around her. They would eventually throw her out of the prison because of the conversions that were taking place.
To meet her was a great privilege! As we entered a room on the fifth floor of a building through a trap door, I learned about her life. It was in this room she held weekly Bible studies for women – about forty. I felt the presence of Jesus through her testimony and was deeply challenged.
We do not know what this means in western nations, but I think it is coming. I have two questions:
THE TEST IS COMING! ARE YOU READY?
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