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July 26, 2007 / beidson

Blessed are the Murdered?

Is it a good thing to take your own life or to take the lives of others? No; death is part of the curse, and we look to the day when Jesus Christ will kill death and there will be no more suicide or murder. However, to have your life taken from you can possibly be a glorious thing, if it is taken because of your love for Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12 tells us about a war that happens in heaven, when the great dragon, Satan–the deciever of the whole world–is cast down to the earth with his angels. Then it says, “I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death'” (vv. 10-12).
How have we, the brothers (and sisters), conquered our enemy? By death. We have conquered him by the death of Jesus Christ. And we have conquered him because we love not our lives, even unto death. Because we love the death of our Lord to the point that we lay down our lives in love for him, rather than keep our lives by despising him.
Would a rotting corpse in the dusty bush of Africa give you cause to rejoice. Probably not. But what if you knew why the corpse was lying there? What if this young lady was murdered because she loved Jesus Christ, even to the point of death? On earth we may mourn (and we should), but in heaven, a loud voice declares the power and authority of Christ because a young lady despised her life and not the treasure of heaven, Jesus Christ.
Murder is not good. But to be murdered because you hope in the resurrection of your dead body is another thing. This is good. Nobody wants to be murdered. But if a man gave me the choice to reject Christ and live or love him and die, I would gladly (by God’s grace) give up my life to a murderer. What a blessing it would be to be murdered for loving Jesus Christ.
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