Jonah and Berikjesu (327) - Horrific Deaths in Persia
If you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you are called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:20b-21
After they were arrested for encouraging Christians who were in prison, Jonah was dismembered, scalded and crushed to death in a press, and Berikjesu, after having long splinters driven into his flesh, was killed by having burning pitch poured down his throat. Each had been tortured and told that the other had renounced his faith, but they would not yield.
Also known as Jonas and Barichisius, they died in the persecution of the Sassanid Persian king Shapur II.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ open all our eyes, that we may see that blessed hope to which we are called; that we may altogether glorify the only true God and Jesus Christ; whom he has sent down to us from heaven; to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be rendered all honour and glory to all eternity.
Bishop John Jewel (1522-71)
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo is the International Director of Barnabas Fund and the Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life.
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Originally appeared on Isaac Publishing