they all saw the risen savior...
Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethopia, killed by a sword wound
not one of them took it back.
Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
wait wait WAIT! I promise, we made it up....
Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost
It was a lie...spare me.
John 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 where he wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation. The Apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as a bishop in modern Turkey. He died an old man, the only Apostle to die peacefully.
If you saw Jesus, the man who has been preparing you for his work....
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 the same way that Jesus Christ had died
If you saw him die, and rise again and promise he was coming back...
James the Just, the leader of the Church in Jerusalem and brother of Jesus, was thrown down more than a hundred feet 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. This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
would you deny him at the hour of your own suffering?
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. The Roman soldier 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.
Bartholomew, also known as Nathanael, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed about our Lord in present day Turkey. He was whipped to death for his preaching in Armenia.
He was real for them...
Thomas was speared and died on one of his missionary trips to establish the Church in India.
And they spent their remaining years preaching Jesus because they knew...
Jude, another brother of Jesus, was killed with arrows after refusing to deny his faith in Christ.
Hes real. Hes risen...and hes coming back.
Matthias, the Apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and beheaded
A few of them even spoke of their moment of suffering as joy.
Barnabas, one of the group of seventy disciples, was stoned to death at Salonica
Is he real to you?
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, from a large portion of the New Testament.
All of them suffered and died a horrific death and not one of them took it back. They all knew there was a God waiting for them...
Make him real in your home, make him real in your marriage, make him real in your church, make him real to your children...
Make him real to you.