Where was God?
Where was the Almighty while twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christian men were murdered by ISIS for professing their faith in Christ?
Joshua 24:15 says, Choose you this day whom you will serve….
And on February 16th, 2015~~
Twenty-one Christians chose the name of Jesus!
This horrific event happened last month, but the image of these martyrs will not be forgotten. Not by me.
What about God?
Is there any doubt that He saw these men dying for their faith, claiming the name of Jesus?
If so,then why not spare these men?
Why didn’t God step onto planet Earth and perform a miracle that would prove He is real, and turn the world upside down? And thereby show how much God loves His own.
The ones He chose and knows by name.
Actually, God did!
Two thousand year ago, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
Jesus, the Son of God, spoke about the Kingdom of God. He performed miracles to prove His deity.
“Then God demonstrated His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us“(Romans 5:8).
But in case we forget, Jesus warned His followers: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18). “…If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you….” (John 15:20)
Where was God when the twenty-one Christians died?
God was present with each man.
Because His Spirit lives inside every Believer, and the Lord has promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you“ (Hebrews 13:25).
Twenty-one Christians died, but “their blood is the seed of Christianity.”
The words of Tertullian’s (A.D. 160-230) during the early stage of Christianity rings true today:
“Proceed in your career of cruelty, but do not suppose that you will thus accomplish your purpose of extinguishing the hard sect (the Christians). We are like the grass, which grows the more luxuriantly the oftener it is mown. The blood of Christians is the seed of Christianity. Your philosophers taught men to despise pain and death by words; but how few their converts compared with those of the Christians, who teach by example! The very obstinacy for which you upbraid us is the great propagator of our doctrines. For who can behold it, and not inquire into the nature of that faith which inspires such supernatural courage? Who can inquire into that faith, and not embrace it, and not desire himself to undergo the same sufferings in order that he may thus secure a participation in the fulness of divine favor?“