you never know what you’re going to find

front doors

Last week, I arrived a little early to work and the doors weren’t yet unlocked, so I decided to walk around a bit. While walking along the winding streets, I came upon a historical marker. This is what I found…

Inquisition House

side view of the house

Window

Spanish Inquisition : an ecclesiastical court established in Roman Catholic Spain in 1478  and directed originally against converts of Judaism and Islam but later against Protestants. It operated with great severity until suppressed in the early 19th century.

I’ve seen one other historical site similar to this in Baeza, the city right outside of Úbeda, but when I saw this house and the clarity of it’s reason for existence, it really hit me… To tell people that there is a God, He is real, we are in need of His grace and forgiveness, we can know Him personally, and that this life will not go on forever, is offensive and unpopular.

I have another word for you. Martyr. One day, I will meet brothers and sisters in heaven that died, for their faith in Jesus Christ. Sometimes I’m reminded of how easy it is for me to be a Christian. I’m from a country that guarantees my right to religious freedom. Even living outside my country, I’m allowed to express my relationship with God by going to church and meeting with other Christians. Sometimes, when I’m standing in front of buildings such as these, I think, “They didn’t win. They tried to stifle the truth, but they couldn’t.” Looking back in church history, it gives me much encouragement to see the amazing growth of the church during times of persecution and oppression.

Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

John 12:20-26

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