After writing the Gospel of Mark, John Mark traveled, sowing the
seeds of the faith throughout Northern Africa and Egypt, and
finally settled in Alexandria and established a church there.
On April 21, A.D. 64, Mark preached a sermon remembering the
suffering and death of Christ as part of Passover, or what we
would consider Easter Sunday. He had been at odds with the local
heathen priests, and they took this day to incite the general
population to rise up against him.
The rebels stormed the church and seized John Mark. Using
hooks and ropes, they dragged him out through the congregation,
into the streets, and out of the city. He left a trail of blood
and flesh that stained the rocks over which they dragged him.
Blood flowed from virtually every spot on his body as the mob
jeered and mocked him. With his last words, he commended his
spirit into the hands of his Savior and died.
Even with Mark’s death, the crowd’s thirst for violence was
not satisfied, and the priests called for his body to be burned
instead of buried. Suddenly, a storm erupted, scattering the mob
in every direction, and Mark’s body was left where he had died.
A group of Christians then came and took the body and gave Mark
a proper burial.
Jesus never led a military campaign, never incited a rebellion,
and never spoke words of war, yet his followers have been and
continue to be violently opposed. Jesus’ message speaks of love,
peace, and reconciliation, yet public and government officials
have banned the gospel as if it were a declaration of war. In
reality, we are engaged in a war—with our Savior and Satan
locked in a spiritual battle. The evil one will make every
effort to thwart the kingdom by bringing a violent end to
Christianity. Will you be on the winning side when the battle is
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