For Which Good Deed Do Ye Stone Me?

While browsing the Voice of the Martyr newsroom, I ran across an article that was posted on February 29, 2008, entitled ‘JORDAN- Government Expels Christian Missionaries’ The article states “The government in Jordan has admitted it expelled missionaries for “illegal” activities. According to Compass Direct News, On February 20, Acting Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh, told the Jordanian parliament that authorities had expelled missionaries operating ‘under the cover of doing illegal charitable work.’”

The reason for the expulsion could only be for one of two reasons. One for doing the charitable work or secondly for ministering the gospel while doing the charitable deeds. We might be able to learn from what we see when the Lord walked this sod.

When Christ became a man he made this statement….

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18-19

And that He did. He made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the lame to walk and even the dead to live. For which of these deeds did they seek to kill Him? It was not for the charitable deeds that He performed that drove the people to give Him over to the cross, but the fact that those mighty deeds gave credence to the fact that He was Yeshua ha Massiach.

It’s not about the deed but the gospel. It’s not about the temporal, but the eternal.  Pray not only for our brothers and sisters in Jordan, but all of our brother and sisters that are faithfully carrying the Light of the gospel in the persecuted land.


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