“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” -Mark 13:31 (ESV)
Persecution has been the Church’s lot. From the time of its inception it has faced brutal opposition. Even to this day the Church in many parts of the world still undergoes horrendous suffering and suppression. Yet it is amazing to reflect on the fact that while the Church has endured much hardship, it continues to thrive and grow. No matter how many churches are destroyed, no matter how many Christians are murdered, no matter how many Bibles have been burnt, the Church’s persecutors, be they the Romans of the Ancient world or the totalitarian regimes of the modern era, have never been able to extinguish her. Despite the relentless attacks mounted against it, the Church has stood for over two thousand years!
Clearly there is something supernatural sustaining the Church. Its foundation is not in the material things of this world, but it is founded upon Christ who has transcended the world. Sometimes when we undergo unwarranted hostility because of our witness for Christ and are overwhelmed by the opposition against us, we may wonder if there is truly victory through Christ. We may feel that His Word fails to resonate with people today and that His Truth is being drowned by deceptions and injustice. But as history has proven, persecutions may come and go, yet His Word will remain firm. The foundation of the Church is not a building, neither is it found in the numbers who enter its doors. It is founded entirely on Christ. Therefore, the victory of His truth is assured and nothing will be able to hinder the realization of Christ’s ultimate goal for the entire world to be reconciled to its Creator. When we have allied ourselves with Christ, personally accepting His redemptive sacrifice for us and allowing Him to work in our hearts, we can rest knowing that while the world may try to silence us, Christ will always emerge triumphant.
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