Series: Faithbook of Jesus Devotional
On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria.
— Acts 8:1
The only way to put persecution into perspective is by understanding why Jesus allows persecution in the first place. Why did believers scatter after Stephen was stoned to death? (Hint: Read Week 27 // Wednesday • page 226.) The answer is pretty simple.
Everyone is a witness. Whether you are representing yourself or Jesus in you, you are a witness for him. In Acts 8:1, we find that the Jews did not want to leave their comfy town of Jerusalem. They were afraid and naive.
The Jews thought Jesus was coming back right away. Without even realizing it, the disciples were hoarding the most important gift that anyone could receive—the gift of salvation.
How could the believers — the ones who saw Jesus perform miracles, be crucified, and rise on the third day — get away with staying put in Jerusalem? ...
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