By Rob Albright
Herod wanted to put Jesus to death (Matthew 2:13). The people from Jesus’ home town rejected Him (Lk.4:16-30). The apostles, chosen by Jesus to take His message to the world, were generally not admired. The early disciples who started to follow Jesus were often treated with contempt.
Those of us today who have decided to follow Jesus and become a Christ-like individual still face various challenges. Peter’s words encourage us to be steadfast and always be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us about the hope we have and the life we live (1 Peter 3:13-16). Unjust suffering for being a Christian and doing good, still happens in our world today.
We may be tempted to give up .But stop and think who we are following. Jesus was God in the flesh (John 1:1,14). He is the Savior and the Lord. I know, there were some who thought when he died on the cross (John 19:32-33) that the talk about Him would cease. Well – on that Sunday morning (Matthew 28:1-9) Jesus was raised from the dead and appeared to many people over the next 40 days. This is the greatest proof that Jesus is Savior and Lord.
- Rob Albright serves as one of the ministers at the Northwest Church of Christ in Greensboro, NC. He may be contacted through the congregation's website: http://www.nwchurchofchrist.com/