Death of Christ is one of a kind, a death that parted history into two. When the master sets and examples, can the disciples be different? So, the death of his followers and apostles were unusual, inspiring too. Christian persecutions are rampant at various parts of the world. Let the heroic martyrdom of our guiding lights inspire us and strengthen us:
Matthew the apostle died a martyr in Ethiopia; he was killed by a sword.
Mark the Evangelist, died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
Luke the Evangelist was hanged in Greece.
John the Apostle was actually boiled in huge cauldron brimming with boiling, during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously prevailed over the death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos, where he wrote the Book of Revelation. Later he was freed and became a bishop of Edessa and died an old man; he was the only apostle to die peacefully.
Peter, the first Pope, was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. The tradition says that he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die like his Master, Jesus Christ.
James, leader of the church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.
James the Son of Zebedee was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Deeply moved, he walked along with James to the place of execution. Deeply moved, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Bartholomew alias Nathaniel was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he finally died.
Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
Matthias the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67.
Philip preached in Phrygia, where hostile Jews had him tortured and then crucified upside down. Some sources have him being stoned..