Wednesday, March 11, 2015

All I have...All I Need

Polycarp was a disciple of the Apostle John and an early church leader whose life ended when he refused to betray his Lord. 

Asked one last time to disavow his Christ, the old man replied, 

"Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me?"

Here is his martyr's prayer, as recorded by the historian Eusebius. 

"Father of Your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom we have received the knowledge of You, I bless You that You have counted me worthy of this day and hour, that I might be in the number of the martyrs. Among these may I be received before You today in a rich and acceptable sacrifice, as You have beforehand prepared and revealed. Wherefore I also praise You also for everything; I bless You; I glorify You, through the eternal High Priest Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, through whom, with Him, in the Holy Spirit, be glory unto You both now and for the ages to come. Amen." 

Eusebius adds: "When he had offered up his amen and had finished his prayer, the firemen lighted the fire." 

All Polycarp and thousands and thousands of martyrs down through the centuries had is Christ, and truth be told that's all they Needed. It's All I have today as well, and as this world continues to spin out of control and claim what is wrong as right and what is truth as lies, the more we need to cling tightly to All we have in Him.

This video clip nails it for me..."How can someone like Polycarp or Jihadi John's latest "infidel" stand straight up for their Savior? Realizing that in the beginning, in the midst and in the end all that matters is Jesus. 

Do you know Him?

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