El Djem’s Amphitheather of Thysdrus: On Trial for Faith قصر الجمّ

Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّRecalling my visit to El Djem’s Amphitheather of Thysdrus (Tunisia) in the light of the recent murder of the “Mother Emmanuel Nine” in America’s oldest southern African-American congregation (Charleston, SC) last week, Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 12 I realize that those nine dear saints were martyred for their faith, just like those who were martyred at the Amphitheater of Thysdrus almost 2,000 years ago. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 5 We visited El Djem on a quiet Monday morning under peaceful blue skies Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ Bougainvillea hemmed by brilliant bougainvillea. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 7 That morning I felt a sense of sacred awe, like I was standing on holy ground, Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 4and indeed…I was. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 3 To me, the Amphitheater of Thysdrus is a monument to faith, Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 9 although it is also a morgue. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 15 El Djem’s Thysdrus Amphitheater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 2 and the third largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 13It’s colossal structure that was capable of seating 35,000 Depiction of Ancient Warriors in Tunisia and was home to chariot races and gladiator shows. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ10 But, the most remarkable thing to me as a believer is knowing that hundreds— Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 16perhaps thousands—of Christians met their death in this arena for refusing Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 8 to deny their faith in Christ as the Savior that God the Father sent into this world to die in our place so that we can be forgiven for our sins and reconciled to God. Ancient Mosaic. TunisiaTwo of the most famous martyrs were young women in their early twenties
—Perpetua and Felicity— who died in 203 A.D. Ancient Mosaics from El Djem, Tunisia Strangely enough, even though the executions were intended as entertainment, Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ6some of the spectators were so inspired by the martyrs’ steadfast faith that they became converts, and a century later,Statue in Museum of El Djem  Constantine decriminalized Christianity throughout the Roman Empire. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 18 I’ve done a lot of soul-searching in the last few weeks, Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 14 and I’d like to encourage you to do the same. Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 11 What do you believe? Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 10 Would you be willing to die for your faith so that others might live?
I think the Mother Emmanuel Nine would say, “Yes.”
Would we?Amphitheater of Thysdrus at El Djem قصر الجمّ 17“But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24).

2 responses to “El Djem’s Amphitheather of Thysdrus: On Trial for Faith قصر الجمّ

  1. Very good; things we really need to take to heart, and shake off the apathy!

  2. Charylene Powers

    Very soul searching post – great pictures – another one of your history, geography and spiritual lessons that your are so gifted at sharing with us.

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