• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain How the Example of Jesus might help Christians facing persecution today.

Extracts from this document...


"Question 3: Explain How the Example of Jesus might help Christians facing persecution today." The reason why Jesus is such a help to Christians facing persecution is because he sets the ultimate example through being the virtuous son of God by behaving in a manner that people could look up to. He was intensely persecuted but also a very controlled person. I am now going to analyze three of the stories in Mark's gospel which show that Jesus wanted to inspire and ease the pain of persecuted Christians or things he did that would set an example. Mark 8: 34-38 In these verses, Jesus warns of the persecution that his followers face, but instead of giving up for pain, one should "carry his cross" and devote their life to helping others and spreading the word of the Lord. (..." they must forget self and follow me!"). Jesus also warns of the pursuit of money and material wealth saying how it can't buy you your life, so you should therefore spend your life following Jesus and making good use of the time you have on earth, so you will have eternal life in heaven. ...read more.


Basically, do not worry about being imprisoned in this world for you shall be free in God's kingdom. Mark 13: 9-13 In these verses, Jesus talks about persecution directly, not shying away from the issue of it. He says that you should not worry if you are arrested because the Holy Spirit will protect you. Once again, Jesus is saying how eternally strong faith will be rewarded with eternally happy life after death. The following passages I mention are Jesus actions that set an example to Christians facing persecution. Mark 14: 32-34 These verses are examples that faith can obviously be tested. Jesus is reluctant to his death at the hands of man and he questions God as to its necessity, its meaning as he prays for strength. He is showing that faith can only be strong if it is tested. He prays to God speaking of how, "the sorrow in my heart is great it almost crushes me..." He also passes a proverbial remark about how faith is an extremely spiritual thing that should not be broken by arrest and torture. ...read more.


He was a Polish priest who morale high for those who were caught in arguably one of the worst situations life could throw at you, which in itself is no mean feat but he also gave them hope. He showed them how to live by Christ, and went to a debatable extreme to get his message across. He gave his own life to save a father, and a family. He gave his own life when he heard a chosen victim weeping for his wife and children. He addressed the Commanding Officer of the selection operation and said he (Maximillian) should die first because he is old and according to Nazi theory, weak ergo useless. The officer agreed, and the father lived and Maximillian Kolbe went to the Gas Chamber in his place. When the gassing commenced, the guards who started the process heard not the usual panicking, screaming and weeping but Christian Hymns, of all things, from inside the chamber. Maximillian had these men singing the "Lord is my Shepard" as they died. What could inspire men to casually sing during death? The example of Jesus of course. This is the very proof of Christians being helped by and following the example of Jesus. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Christmas section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Christmas essays

  1. Christians and Persecution.

    Another example to support the view that the gospel was written for people in danger of persecution is Jesus' answer to James and John when they asked if they could sit at the right and left of Jesus in the kingdom of heaven.

  2. Mark Verses 33-34

    But Jesus told the disciples not to stop a man with faith who was working for him. Christians should be glad when other people are successful. They should not be jealous of those who worship and serve God in a different way.

  1. Explain why some Christians go on pilgrimage and the effect that this might have ...

    They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed. Day after day they met as a group in the Temple, and they had their meals together in their homes, eating with glad and humble hearts, praising God, and enjoying the good will of all the people.'

  2. Christians and Persecution

    Jewish customs such as Corban were also explained in Mark's Gospel, this furthers the suggestion that Mark was writing for non-Jewish that were being persecuted at the time of Nero. The parables told by Jesus in Mark's Gospel appear to be describing persecution and trying to give the people hope.

  1. Discipleship - Jesus' mission was to spread the Word of God, this was his ...

    We can be seen as a mature & sensible member of the church. In baptism we have our original sin taken from us & become a member of the Christian community. In 'The Little Children & Jesus' (Mk 10:13-16), the disciples rebuke the children who want to listen & be

  2. Christians and persecution

    Jesus, whether he was the Son of God or not, set an excellent example of the way we should treat each other and lead our lives. He helped people in anyway he could, he healed, comforted and befriended anyone he needed and deserved his help.

  1. Explain why the Early Christians were Persecuted

    The most famous of the Christians persecution was under the reign of one of the most depraved and cruel Roman emperor, Nero. He became the emperor at the age of 17. In AD 59 he had his mother put to death for her criticism of his mistress, Poppaea Sabine.

  2. Explain the meaning of discipleship for: -1) The first Christians. 2) ...

    This means that Jesus was giving these new disciples the opportunity to guide people in to God's Kingdom. One of these men had totally changed his ways in order to follow Jesus. The Tax collector, Levi, was believed to be a known 'sinner' among other citizens and was hated by his own people but still Jesus called him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work