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Martyrdom of Early Christians in Rome

In ancient Rome, crowds by the tens of thousands would gather in the Colosseum to watch as Christians were torn apart by wild animals. Paul Rader, commenting on his visit to this famous landmark, said, “I stood and asked myself, ‘Would I, could I, die for Him tonight to get this gospel to the ends of the earth?” Those early Christians “lied on the threshold of heaven, within a heartbeat of home, no possessions to hold them back.” (Our Daily Bread).