Jesus warned His disciples, and all Christians who would follow, “Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you” (Jn. 15:20). Those words prepared them for what was, in fact, very soon to come and last some 300 years. As it had been with the Lord Jesus, persecution initially came from the Jews. Soon, however, this shifted to the Romans. In this article we will first note the causes of persecution and then its character and finally its consequences.
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