Daniel 12:1-4, 13; Acts 4:1-12; John 16:1-15
The Emperor Valens tried to entice Eusebius, the Bishop of Caesarea, into heresy by making speeches filled with promises. When that failed, the emperor threatened to confiscate his property, torture him, and kill him. The bishop answered, “We, who are taught and nourished by the Sacred Scriptures, are ready to suffer a thousand deaths, rather than permit one tittle of the Scriptures to be altered. He needs not fear confiscation, who has nothing to lose; nor banishment, to whom heaven is his country; nor torments, when his body can be destroyed at one blow; nor death, which is the only way to set him at liberty from sin and sorrow.”
The hour has arrived for disciples of Jesus Christ to stand firm. He has given us his Spirit to guide us in all truth in an age when lies abound, helping us remember that “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Our calling is to keep in The Way until the end, when he will give us rest and reward at the close of these evil days.
Prayer: Strengthen us, O Christ, that we may boldly proclaim your name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman, Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.