“You will indeed drink My cup and be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” - Matthew 20:23
The word spoken by Jesus to his disciples was indeed confirmed for it did come to pass that they were persecuted, suffered and died as martyrs except John who after much suffering at the hands of his persecutors was banished to the island of Patmos.
Peter was crucified but did not feel he was worthy to die like his Master and requested that he be crucified upside down. James the brother of John was beheaded; Thomas was killed in India. James was crucified in Egypt and others were also executed.
Mark, who was the first bishop of Alexandria, preached the gospel in Egypt, was burned to death. Bartholomew was beaten, crucified and beheaded in Armenia.
Andrew, Peter’s brother, brought many to the faith of Christ when he was going toward a place of execution and seeing the cross waiting for him he said “O cross most welcome and longed for; with a willing mind joyfully and desirously I come to you, being a scholar of Him which did hang on you, because I have always been your lover and yearn to embrace you.”
Matthew was killed with a spear; Philip was stoned and crucified; James, the brother of Jesus, was pushed from the top of the temple and clubbed to death.
Bearing all this in mind today, I resolve to press towards the work of the high calling in Christ Jesus.
Dear heavenly Father thank You for reminding me today of the suffering of Your followers in the early days. Thank you for their brave example and help me to be as committed as them to follow You and serve You in the name of the Lord Jesus.