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Abusing the Body of Christ

If the world abused and killed Jesus Christ, of course they will abuse and kill His followers too. If the world would beat and mane the physical Body of Christ, then they will most certainly beat and mane the Christian church that makes up the spiritual Body of Christ. In fact, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all record Jesus as saying “if they persecute me, you too will be persecuted”.

In fact, in return for the persecution in this life, Jesus promised unimaginable rewards in the life to come. Not only are we promised “great rewards”, we should be happy, and understand that what we experience glorifies the Lord. We also know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and are called according to His purpose. This passage from the eighth chapter of Romans is usually easier to read, than it is to endure.

God’s people have been persecuted since the dawn of time. Abel, the son of Adam, marked the beginning of persecution for God’s people. His brother persecuted him to death, because of jealousy. Jesus continued in a long line of persecuted men that did not end with him, but the persecution of Christians still continues. In the Middle East, at the hand of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), many men have paid with their lives for bearing the name of Christ.

The men that killed Jesus, are the people that taught Israel about Christ himself. They ignored the signs and circumstances His coming. As a believer I understand many things concerning the truths of the Messiah. One great truth is that nobody truly took Jesus’s life, but He gave His life up to redeem humanity back to himself. All of the persecution that Jesus suffered, was the most important part of God’s plan. As Christians, we should embrace persecution at some level, because our supreme leader endured the Cross for us.

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