“8And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people. 9Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen. 10But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking. 11Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.” 12And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council, 13and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law, 14for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.” 15And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel.“
Standing up for what you believe in can be a trying duty. There are many people and organizations out there that do not mind hearing others talk about God, but once the name of Jesus is brought up, it is almost as if they have been called a profound name. Jesus is to us, what the Dark Knight is to Gotham City. At the end of the movie, The Dark Knight, the officer’s son asks why Batman is running away, the officer replies because we have to chase him. The son then says, but he has done nothing wrong and the officer says “Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now.”
Jesus is the savior we need to get through our daily lives, we just are not always willing to stand up and contest for Him the same way He does for us. If the police officers would have defended Batman, sure there would have been a group of people who believed against them, but the officers’ integrity would not have been challenged. When it comes to us there are many times when we would rather not say we believe in Jesus because it will cause a ruckus with others around us, but when we deny Jesus we say that we believe He is the Savior we need, just not the Savior we want to share with others. Then our own integrity is being challenged because we are turning into cowards.
Matthew 5:10 reads, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus tells us not to fret because although we may be laughed and persecuted for our trust in the Lord, our true home is waiting for us in Heaven. Luke tells us in Acts 5:15, that when Stephen was sitting before the council, his face was like the face of an angel. This absolutely blows my mind, that although he was being persecuted, he was also being comforted and lifted up by the Lord. I don’t know about you but if being persecuted results in the Lord making my face like the face of an angel, I think it is worth it.
If there is only one thing you take from this post, I hope it is that the next time you think about shying away from sharing your faith in Jesus, you remember that the Lord is watching and is with you. God Bless