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Christ Buried - by Michael Phillips
Study in Luke - Part 91 of 94
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Luke 23:50-56
Mar 14, 2004 am - If you were writing the story of a man's life, how much space would you give to his.burial? You might spend a good deal of time on his death, especially if there was something remarkable about it-or instructive. One of the leading men of the Early Church was Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna. About the year 155, he was arrested by the Romans and put on trial for his life. Because of his age and the great respect people had for him, the Romans were not eager to execute him. Yet the law was the law and they wanted him to publicly confess "Caesar is Lord". Being a Christian, of course, means he would not do it and said so. The officer threatened him first with the lions; when they didn't scare him, he showed him the stake on which he would be burned. Now, surely, the Roman thought, the man will give in and say the magic words. But the Bishop's words were far different than he expected, "Eighty and six years I have served Christ and he has done me no wrong; how then can I blaspheme my King who has saved me? You can threaten the fire that burns for an hour and then is quenched, but you know not of the fire of the judgment to come, and the fire of eternal punishment. Bring what you will". Not ... More >>>

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