—Dr. John T. Pless, Concordia Theological Seminary, author of Luther’s Small Catechism: A Manual for Discipleship
—Harold L. Senkbeil, Executive Director of DOXOLOGY
Faith is following Jesus through death to life. But first through death. This is why Christians have always considered those who die for their faith to be heroes. They preach with their lives, their lips, and their blood. They endure terrible afflictions and abuse because they confess Christ. In the lives and deaths of the martyrs, we see the devil’s rage on full display, and we see that his rage comes to nothing—that he is impotent and overcome by the blood of the Lamb.
The martyrs remind us there is nothing the devil can do to us. The martyrs remind us death is nothing to fear. These Christian heroes encourage us to finish our race, reminding us what—or better, who—is at the finish line waiting for us: Jesus.
Bryan Wolfmueller is a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. He is co-host of Table Talk Radio, the world’s most famous Lutheran theological game show. Bryan has a new hobby every day, but he always comes back to reading about Law and Gospel. He lives in Texas with his wife, Keri, and their four children.