Have you ever been so blown away by someone’s faith that you question your own? Someone who’s “all in” for Jesus, even when it means losing everything?
As a voice for the persecuted, I get to see this quite often. Our suffering brothers and sisters are living in the most faith-challenging circumstances, yet their resolve and love for Jesus are mind-boggling.
But even I was blown away by the faith of our brothers in sisters in Nigeria. Because of their faith, what should have resulted in certain death turned into a jaw-dropping miracle.
76 Christians were kidnapped by the Islamic group Boko Haram last month. Four men in the group were executed in front of their wives and children for refusing to convert to Islam. A week later, the women were given an ultimatum. “Renounce your faith or your children will experience the same fate as their fathers.”
That night the mothers were restless. Their decision could carry devastating consequences. But Jesus spoke to the children telling them to trust Him…that “all will be well.” And so, they did. They encouraged their mothers to stand firm against the threat and proclaim Jesus as Lord.
The next day, the women and children were lined up to be executed and their mothers were asked to renounce Jesus. They refused. And as the gunmen took aim, Jesus made good on His promise. The would-be assassins were overcome with fear, screamed, “Snakes! Snakes!” and ran away. Some simply dropped dead!
As they ran, one of the children grabbed a gun and took aim to shoot the fleeing abductors. Another child stepped in and told him to stop. “You don’t need to do that,” the child said. “Can you not see the men in white fighting for us?”
Not only did Jesus show up, but He brought His angels with Him! And these children, who risked their lives in obedience to Jesus, got to see a glimpse of Heaven for it. The remaining captives were freed.
Wow. It’s amazing how Jesus appears to people who are all in for Him. It makes me wonder why I’m sometimes not. How about you? Are you all in?
Please share this miraculous story with friends who love Jesus. And pray that our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
Mercy and Truth always,
Special thanks to International Christian Concern for originally reporting this story.