Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Men That Hazared Their Lives - The Apostles

Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 15:26

Because of the lapse of time and the differing opinions of historians, it is difficult to ascertain with certainty the facts concerning the martyrdom of the Apostles. The following information, however, has been culled from Fox’s Book of Martyrs, this being one of the most reliable sources available.

The Apostle Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.

The Apostle Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets, left in a dungeon all night, and burned the next day.

The Apostle Luke was hanged on an olive tree in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.

The Apostle John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey. He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.

The Apostle Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross, according to church tradition because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.

The Apostle James the Less, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's club.

The Apostle James the Greater, a son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. (From another source) The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.

The Apostle Bartholomew, also know as Nathanael, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed to our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia when he was flayed to death by a whip.

The Apostle Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece.
(From another source) After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: "I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it." He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.

The Apostle Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the subcontinent.

The Apostle Jude, the brother of Jesus, was crucified in Edessa when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.

The Apostle Matthias, the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.

The Apostle Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundational doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.

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