Sunday, July 3, 2016

From ridicule to honor

July 3

Daily Bible Reading: Acts 11

Verse of the Day: Acts 10:34 – “ and when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that even for a whole year they were gathered together with the church, and taught much people; and that the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.”

Historians tell us that this designation of “Christian”, or “little Christ” was probably a term of ridicule given to the believers because of their worship of Jesus. The historian Josephus called them “the tribe of Christians.” Tacitus, a Roman historian, referred to them as Christians because they belonged to Christ.

Originally the believers called themselves “The Way.” But later they began to wear the name “Christian” as a badge of honor even though it had been a taunting ridicule.

Prayer: Father, man has tried so often to ridicule and mock those who believe in Your Son, Jesus. We are no different today, so help us to wear our belief in Jesus in a way that others will see Him in us. May we be “Little Christs” to all we come in contact with. Amen. 

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