Because of the intricacies of getting a message to the free world from the Stygian blackness of an Iranian prison, we are only now receiving Easter greetings from our dear brother, Saeed Abedini, currently imprisoned and tortured for his faith in a hospital prison in Iran. We have written of Saeed's plight many times on this blog, but now, we pass along the latest message from the man himself. For Christ's sake, and in obedience to Hebrews 13:3, let us not sin against the Lord by neglecting to pray for this brother, and for all of our persecuted and imprisoned brothers and sisters throughout the world. These are the words od a man who is giving His all in service to His Saviour and Lord:
Happy Resurrection Day.
On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital
room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit
revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the
midst of Christians today. That Christians all over the world are not
able to fully reach their spiritual potential that has been given to
them as a gift by God so that in reaching that potential, the curtain
can be removed and the Glory of God would be revealed.
Some times we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with
Jesus without experiencing death with Him. We do not realize that
unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to
experience resurrection with Christ.
We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and
family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we
forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ
we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves
and selfish desires.
Jesus said to His Disciples: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must
deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
This means that we should not do things that we like to do (that God
does not want us to do) and to do things that we do not like to do (but
God wants us to do) so that He may be glorified.
So in addition to spending our days and night in doing the works of
faith as described above, we should also transform our dead faiths into
living and active faiths through the resurrection of Christ which is an
active and constructive love that is effective.
In conclusion, let us resurrect our Dead faiths to living faiths by
first dying to our selfish “resurrected” self and experiencing the cross
of Jesus. Then we are able to experience the Glorious resurrection with
A Glorious life with Christ starts only after a painful death (to self) with Christ.
We will start with Christ.
Pastor Saeed Abedini
Prisoner in the Darkness in Iran, but free for the Kingdom and Light