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A Triumphant Tribute

by C. J. Chase
I had intended another post. I had supplies, camera, etc. all ready. All I needed was a bit of time. Alas, an annoying convergence of (1) Mom (yours truly) being sick when (2) weather closed school for a week while (3) Dad (spouse of yours truly) is working 3,000 miles from home rendered my best plans inoperable.

But you know, a quick glance at the news makes my problems wither to insignificance. If you paid any attention this week, you probably heard the horrifying account of 21 Christians beheaded for the “crime” of being Christians, whose last words were “Lord Jesus Christ.” I’m not going to post the infamous picture of them as they await their deaths. Instead, I’d rather you ponder a few words from Revelation 20:4.

and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshiped the beast…

Evil is powerful and real, but even though it seems to be carrying the day, it isn’t forever.  Just one chapter prior, in Revelation 19, the Apostle John recorded Lord Jesus Christ’s triumphant victory over the beast--and that is forever. Handel set the words to some of the most famous music ever composed.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20).


  1. I flounder between having to ignore world events... to considering how desperately frivolous most of my concerns in life are...
    Both make me useless at times. Most times. I want to be of use. I know we all feel that way. Thanks for such a relevant post.

    1. Yes, there's a phrase that has become popular in the past couple years to describe the silly things we obsess about: first world problems.

      A few years back (when people still got their news on paper delivered to their door), there was a guy who used to go to McD's for breakfast. He had the paper and his Bible, and he would read both.

      Probably the best way to put the news in perspective.


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