Through texts outside the Bible, we learn that all but one Apostle were killed (most quite violently).  The Bible however only records the deaths of two of the Apostles.  One of course is Judas who was killed by his own hands after giving up Jesus.  The only other one recorded in the Bible was James, the brother of John.

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. (Acts 12:1-3)

Herod was on a killing spree that was many followers of Christ but as far as is recorded here, only included one Apostle.  Herod was no fan of the Jews, but felt this Christian faith was growing too strong and could potentially challenge his power.  It was out of that fear, that led Herod to kill Christ’s followers.  He was further encouraged to continue when he saw that ‘it pleased the Jews’.

Despite Herod’s killing spree and the other violent deaths of the Apostles and disciples, the Christian faith continued to flourish.  Jesus had used 12 ordinary men to spread His word, all were now dead and yet His word was spreading faster and faster through out the world.  Only through the power of the Holy Spirit could His message continue to grow through such opposition.

Two take aways

  1. Does how you live, intimidate the enemy?  If you “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil 1:27), it will.  This is a good thing.  The enemy may attack you more, but he is reacting out of fear.  Take pride in knowing that your walk with Christ strike fear in the enemy.
  2. Will your legacy out live you? If you are pouring your life into others, if you are focused on discipling others to help them grow in Christ, then it will.  Continue to focus on the next generation, helping them to grow in Christ.  By doing so, there will be many others singing the lyrics of Roy Boltz song, Thank You.

Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am a life that was changed.
Thank you for giving to the Lord.
I am so glad you gave

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