In the great faith chapter of the Bible, Hebrews 12, we read of those martyrs killed over their faith in Jesus Christ. Hebrews reads, "Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated - of whom the world was not worthy - wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth" (Hebrews 11:36-38).
How amazing to see the faith of these followers of Jesus Christ. Dying for the truth that Jesus is God and only way to the Father. The song Ancient Words really captures the reality of the martyrs blood shed on behalf of the truth of God's most holy word:
Martyrs blood stains each page
They have died for this faith
Hear them cry through the years,
"Heed these words and hold them dear!"
May we as followers of Christ hold the words of Christ dear to our lives. By faith may we cling to the word of God so we may respond:
Ancient words, ever true
Changing me and changing you
We have come with open hearts
O let the ancient words impart.
Grace upon grace,