The bus driver couldn’t find our destination. Finally, many a wrong turn and a few right, we disembark. On this very small building in current Istanbul was an even smaller, almost hidden placard; “This is the site of Polycarp’s martyrdom.”
Ezat Bishri Naseef’s martyrdom confronts me of the tenacity with which martyrs hold to their commitment to Christ. In the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 Polycarp is a role model for tenacious immovability. “Stand firm. Let nothing move you.” Paul said.
Consider Polycarp’s stubborn stance:
But again the proconsul said to him,I will cause you to be consumed by fire, seeing you despise the wild beasts, if you will not repent.
But Polycarp said,
The #ORANGE21 martyrs evidenced the “let nothing move you” grit of Polycarp and Paul.
In Honor, Respect and Gratitude of Ezat Bishri Naseef
Almighty God, thank you for your son Ezat Bishri Naseef whose martyrdom reminds me to stand firm. May you grant to me the tanacity to let nothing move me from a sure footing upon Jesus, the Bible and Your Church.
Comfort all who mourn today.