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Verses 56,59,60: “and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son Man standing at the right hand of God!” And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

The mob.

I’ve seen actions taken by a mob that would not usually be taken by one lone individual. I have seen rational people on TV reports merge into one collective effort to spread chaos and violence, when ordinarily none would by themselves. I’ve seen groups of fans celebrate an athletic victory with good-natured cheering and yelling, but suddenly get out-of-control and raucous. I’ve seen groups of people oppose each other, when the conflict should’ve been peaceful demonstration and lawful enforcement, spiral into madness. Why? I don’t know…I wish I did.

The mob.

The Bible records that the Christian church will be persecuted in the last days; we see signs of persecution now. Only God knows what the future holds; He’s been in the past, He’s here in the present, and He’ll be there and already know the future.

What if you knew that you were about to deliver the last message you’d ever speak…what would you say? I pray that I would do as Stephen did, and have the courage and the faith to preach Jesus, to look forward to His glory, to prepare at death to see my Lord and my Savior in Heaven…and to ask God to forgive my perpetrators any wrongs against me, without malice or revenge in my heart.

To quote an old cliché: it’s always darkest before the dawn…but here comes the Son-rise!

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