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In the beginning the founder of our faith was;
· Betrayed by a friend
· Unjustly arrested
· Illegally tried and convicted
Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
Jesus was tough as nails and says
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
If you are going to be afraid,
Uncertainty is certain
Fearful is optional
... for fearlessness of death and the hereafter is something we witness in them every day...
Is our version of Christianity worth that?
Is our version of Christianity worth dying for?
Is the way we live worth the price they paid?