The Persecution of All Saints
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1–3, NASB
All Saints Day, as a festival, began within a few hundred years after Christ. A day for “all” the saints was celebrated. All Saints is for all the “other” saints, or for those without distinction to notoriety. All Saints is for the small ones, the little ones, the hobbitses.
I. Herod’s Persecutions (Matthew 2)
II. Jewish Persecutions (The Book of Acts compared to 1 Thessalonians)
III. Roman Persecution (The Book of Revelation) (Ten waves of persecution before Constantine)
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more