It’s been a couple of centuries since the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior. And the more I learn about early the church, the more I am grateful for the courage and sacrifices of those early adopters.
Jesus death was supposed to be the end, but it was only the beginning. Jesus had as many as a few thousand people who followed during his life and when he died just a few hundred remained around.
But then it started growing, in a few years, it would go back into the low thousands, to almost 10 thousand by the end of the century than in just a few hundred years the growth of the church was a significant part of the Roman Empire.
Against all the odds, in the beginning, it survived and eventually thrived on the hard work of the early believers. So on this Good Friday, as I remember the grace and mercy that comes from Jesus’ death, I will also be grateful for the named and unnamed saints that risked everything for this little movement to become what it is today.