Murals (2008) by PHANTAST - Graffiti - Cultural Music & Art Association inc. - 98 Milne St. Benleigh

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The Roman governor stood resolutely before the 40 Roman soldiers of the Thundering Legion:  "I command you to make an offering to the Roman gods. If you will not, you will be stripped of your military status". The 40 soldiers all believed in the Lord Jesus. They knew they must not deny Him or sacrifice to the Roman idols, no matter what the governor would do to them.

Candidus spoke for the legion: "Nothing is dearer or of greater honour to us than Christ our God". The governer then tried other tactics to get them to deny their faith. First he offered them money and imperial honours. Then he threatened them with torments and torture with the rack and with fire.

Candidus replied, "Your offer us money that ramains behind and glory that fades away. You seek to make us frinds of the Emperor, but alienate us from the true King. We desire one gift, the crown of righteousness. We are anxious for one glory, the glory of the heavenly kingdom. We love honours, those of heaven. You threaten feaful torments and call our godliness a crime, but you will not find us fainthearted or attached to this life or easily stricken with terror. For the love of God, we are prepared to endure any kind of torture".

The governor was enraged. Now he wanted them to die a slow, painful death. They were stripped naked and herded to the middle of a frozen lake. He set soldiers to guard them to prevent any from coming to shore and  escaping. The forty encuraged each other as though they were going to battle. "How many of our companions in arms fell on the battle front, showing themselves loyal to an earthly king? Is it possible for us to fail to sacrifice our lives in faithfulness to the true King? Let us not turn aside, O warriors, let us not turn our backs in flight from the devil". They spent the night courageously bearing their pain and rejoicing in the hope of soon being with the Lord.

To increase the torment of the Christians, baths of hot water were put around the lake. With these the governor hoped to weaken the firm resolve of the freezing men. He told them, "You may come ashore when you are ready to deny your faith". In the end, one of them did weaken, came off the ice, and got into a warm bath. When one of the guards on the shore saw him desert, he himself took place of the traitor. Surprising everyone with the suddenness of his conversion, he threw off his clother, and ran to join the naked ones on the ice, craying out loudly, "I am a Christian".

Some call it "the mystery of martyrdom". Why would seeing 39 believers who were willing to die for their faith inspire a highly-trained soldier, in the prime of his life, to join them in death? It is amaizing to see how God works through these tragic situations to call more people to Himself ( The voice of martyrs).

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