YOU KNOW HOW JESUS DIED…BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW THE DISCIPLES DIED?
Collins Concise Dictionary defines ‘baptism’ as any experience or ordeal that initiates, tests, or purifies.
MT 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.”
Both James and John, the sons of Zebedee, had asked that they sit on either side of Jesus in His kingdom and had told Him that they were able to drink the cup of His coming baptism.
Mt. 20:23 So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.”
Jesus had prophesied their coming baptisms…and very unpleasant baptisms they were too…
James was beheaded and John was thrown into boiling oil to be cooked alive but miraculously survived…ending up imprisoned on the island of Patmos.
Now, as morbid as it may be, let us look at the remaining ten disciples and their baptisms.
Peter was crucified; but at his request was crucified upside-down as he felt that he was not worthy of the same crucifixion as Jesus.
Philip was crucified after being scourged and imprisoned.
Matthew was slain with a halberd, a type of battle-axe, in the city of Nadabah. The year A.D. 60. He had taken the gospel to Parthia and Ethiopia.
James (the less). Author of an epistle, at the age of 94 had his brains dashed out with a Fuller’s club after having been beaten and stoned by the Jews.
Matthias, who had replaced Judas, was stoned at Jerusalem and then beheaded.
Andrew the brother of Peter, had taken the gospel to many Asiatic countries was crucified in Edessa (modern-day Efra Turkey). Andrew’s cross consisted of two poles transversely fixed in the ground. Hence the derivation of the term, St. Andrew’s cross.
Jude, author of an epistle, was crucified at Edessa in A.D. 72.
Bartholomew, who translated the gospel according to Matthew into possibly Hindi, took the gospel to India, where he was savagely beaten and crucified.
Thomas also took the gospel to India and Parthia southeast of the Caspian Sea. A spear, wheeled by an enraged pagan priest, thrust him through.
Simon the Zealot preached the gospel in Mauritania, but met his death by crucified in Britain in A.D. 74.
And of course let us not forget Mark, who was Peter’s amanuensis; he met his death by being dragged to pieces by the people of Alexandria
Millions have lost their lives for the Lord throughout history, but few have given their lives in baptism for the Lord in the way that Jesus faced His baptism at the cruel hands of the Romans and on that cursed tree. The agony of having The Father reject Him is just too incredible for us mere mortals to comprehend.
And He did it for you!!
The big question that arises out of this is ‘would you be prepared to die for your belief; could you enter into the same baptism as the Apostles?
How deep is your love for Jesus Christ, your Lord, your God and your Savior’?
The answer is not up for debate; it is a simple…YES or NO.
WILL JESUS ONE DAY SAY THESE WORDS TO YOU?
Matt 25:23 ‘Well done, good and faithful servant;
JN 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
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