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Martyrs to Truth and Justice

Martyrs to Truth and Justice

Until He was thirty years of age, Christ’s life was largely hidden.  When He began his public ministry, He went to the synagogue in Nazareth and read aloud a passage from the prophet Isaiah:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because he has anointed me; to bring good news to the poor he has sent me, to proclaim to the captives release, and sight to the blind; to set at liberty the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompense (Isa. 61:1).  After reading it He said:  “Today this scripture you have heard has been fulfilled in your hearing (Luke 4:20)”.  But He also said to those who were listening to Him:  “Amen I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his own country” (Luke 4: 24).

“His own people did not accept him” (John 1:11).  They were unwilling to accept that a carpenter’s son was truly the one he claimed to be “And they took offense at him . . . because of their unbelief he did not work many miracles there” (Matthew 13: 55-58).  Christ left Nazareth and began to teach in towns and villages throughout Galilee bearing witness to the truth of which He had been sent by the Father.

Christ was a martyr to Truth, a value that meant very little to…

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