According to reports, Said Musa has been released from prison.. With my fellow believers I welcome this news. I am thankful that the outrcry and political pressure seem to have been effective. We should remember, however, that the real power behind his release was not political or social.
“The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.”
But what if God had chosen not to save his life? What if Musa had been sentenced and executed? What about Shoaib Assadullah? Would it mean prayer had failed? That God didn’t care?
Through the years, hundreds of thousands of Christians have died for their faith. Did they matter less to God?
To have a proper perspective on this, let’s remember Paul’s words in Philippians 1…
“For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
These verses reminds us of three important truths:
1) The Ultimate Desire of Believers – “Christ be magnified”
2) The Ultimate Demand of Believers – “whether by life or by death”
3) The Ultimate Destiny of Believers – “to die is gain”
In future posts, I plan to address each of these as related to a Biblical perspective of martyrdom.