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

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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