Pastor Kyle Bitter - The Second Sunday of Easter - Sunday, April 24, 2022
It was the mid-90s AD, just a few short decades removed from Jesus’ time on earth, and the outlook was bleak. Already 11 of the 12 apostles were dead – most of them likely killed in various waves of persecution that swept the Roman world under infamous emperors like Nero and Domitian. The last apostle, John, possibly one of the last eyewitnesses of Jesus death and resurrection left alive, had been arrested. He was sentenced to exile on the desolate island of Patmos. Left leaderless and facing increasingly intense and organized persecution, one can only imagine the doubts and fears that plagued the Christians of the first century. What would the future hold? Was Jesus’ victory as thorough and all-encompassing as they had thought, or did the devil now hold the keys to the world and things would just return to the way they had been before? Fear and uncertainty spread like wildfire!
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