A challenge to be faithful unto death,
“I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast My name, and you did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.” (Revelation 2:13)
What is faithfulness? It is devotion, loyalty and perseverance. It means you are committed to Jesus; never backing down, never quitting, never giving up. That was Antipas – he was unshakably faithful to the Lord, holding fast to His name even in the face of death! History says, idolaters in Pergamos enraged at Antipas, seized him, roasting him in a bull-shaped pot all because he would not deny Jesus. The principle of the Christian life is not denial or retreat, but endurance and conquest by faith. If we are to be witnesses for Christ, we cannot cower to the political correctness of our day; nor can we shrink back from our God-given responsibilities. Friends, we must, like Antipas, muster our faith, answer the call and if it cost us the ultimate sacrifice then so be it… Because, isn’t that what Jesus did for us?
This week’s theme The Message of the Martyrs: