Friday, April 10, 2009

How the Apostles Followed Jesus

"Whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 10:38-39)

33 A.D. – Jesus was beaten, flogged and crucified just outside the city walls of Jerusalem.

44-45 A.D. - James was the second recorded martyr after Christ’s death (Stephen was the first). His death is recorded in Acts 12:2 where it is told that Herod Agrippa killed him with a sword.

54 A.D. - Philip was tortured and then crucified by hostile Jews in Phrygia.

60-70 A.D. - Matthew was beheaded at Nad-Davar.

63 A.D. - James the Lesser was cast down from the top of the Temple in Jerusalem and beaten to death.

64 A.D. - Peter was crucified by Roman executioners; he thought himself unworthy to be crucified as his Master, and, therefore, he asked to be crucified “head downward.

67 A.D. - Paul was beheaded in Rome by order of the Roman Emperor Nero.

70 A.D. - Andrew was crucified and then hung on an olive tree at Patrae, a town in Achaia.

70 A.D. - Thomas was thrust through with pine spears, tormented with red-hot plates, and burned alive.

70 A.D. - Nathanael (Bartholomew) was flayed (skin removed from his body) and then crucified.

70 A.D. - Matthias was stoned while hanging upon a cross.

72 A.D. - Judas Thaddeus was beaten to death with sticks.

74 A.D. - Simon the Zealot was crucified by a governor in Syria.

95 A.D. - John is the only one of the twelve Apostles to have died a natural death. Some traditions tell us that he was thrown into boiling oil before the Latin Gate, where he was not killed but undoubtedly scarred for the rest of his life.

Research by C. Michael Patton

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