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I’ve read that often they put a suicide watch on prisoners in the states who have been sentenced to death. Probably don’t want the prisoner to cheat the state out of all their fun. I mean do they really use an alcohol swab to sterilize the site for the lethal injection?
Think you’d be able to sleep? I’m not sure if I would be able to or if my mind would be racing with regrets and what if’s. Wondering if I had said good byes and thank-yous to all the right people. Asking myself if I had left a mark and whether or not I’d be remembered.
That was the situation that Peter was in, King Herod had ordered the execution of James who was the brother of John, maybe you remember him as one of the sons of Thunder, or Zebedee’s boy, or one of the original group that Jesus called to be his disciples. It really doesn’t matter what does matter is that he was executed by King Herod. Now perhaps you’re thinking I remember King Herod he was the king that ordered all the baby boys in Bethlehem killed when Jesus was born. Well you’re partially right, that was King Herod but it wasn’t this King Herod. Then you’re thinking that it must have been the King Herod that had John the Baptist killed, well again you are partially right, it was King Herod but not this King Herod. This is in fact King Herod Agrippa and after he saw how much killing James pleased the Jewish leaders he thought, “Great, all I have to do to become popular is kill Christians.” Stephen Harper and Roddie MacDonald have to reduce taxes to be popular, but Herod he just had to kill preachers. And so he figured “if killing James made me popular think how popular I would be if I killed Peter”, and so he had Peter arrested and thrown into Jail.
Now it was the Jewish celebration of Passover and he couldn’t very well execute Peter during the holidays so he decides that as soon as Passover is done, then he will separate Peter’s head from the rest of his body. And so here Peter is, in prison, waiting to stand trial with execution being a very, very real possibility. As a matter of fact it was virtually the only probable outcome of the trial. It’s the night before the trial, the church has called a prayer meeting and they are up praying. I don’t know if they were praying for Peter’s release or if they were praying for Peter to have the courage and strength to face his imminent demise. We don’t know, but we do know that they were praying. And Peter you’d think that he’d either be wide awake worrying or wide awake praying.
But that was not the case, instead of being wide awake for anything Peter was sound asleep. Chained
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