One morning, on a railway station in Pakistan, Pastor Mukhtar Barkat was shot and killed. His widow reflected that “all he had done was to love people.”
Mukhtar had been very outspoken and bold as a Christian, going so far as to obtain permission to install a loud speaker on his church so that he could broadcast short prayers across the neighbourhood.
As a result of this he was warned that if he didn’t stop trying to convert Muslims, he would be killed. Eventually, the extremists ran out of patience with him and killed him.
His widow now uses the loud speaker to broadcast prayers, ignoring the threats to her own life. She explained: “Though our lives may be in danger by using these loud speakers, many Muslims have come to the Lord Jesus. My husband said many times that the body may be killed but the soul cannot be killed.”
This Good Friday, we remember the crucifixion of Jesus, the One who came into the world to save it from sin, to give hope to the hopeless, life everlasting and to show the way of reconciliation, healing and forgiveness.
As we remember the cross of Jesus, and His amazing sacrifce, let us also remember those, like Pastor Mukhtar, who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Gospel, and others, like his widow, who regardless of their own lives, continue to witness boldly for Christ, knowing that they have found a treasure in Christ worth far more than anything else.
And let us pray that the Cross of Jesus will be lifted high over the nations of this world, His life and forgiveness and love proclaimed and His light shone in the darkest places of this world.
John 1 vs 4 – 5: “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”
John 8 vs 12: “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”