About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Christian Super Spreader
In our 2020 Covid 19
environment we hear the term "super spreader" almost every
day. When thinking about a
super spreader, historians say that the Christian Movement spread the
fastest and the farthest during the first three hundred years of its
history. Tertullian, a
church leader (born 155 died 240 AD) explained why the church spread so
fast and so far when he said this:
"The blood of the
martyrs is the seed of the church."
During the first three
hundred years of Christian history there were ten major government
sponsored periods of Christian persecution, including the execution of
Christians. As far as
Tertullian and others were concerned, each time a Christian was
martyred, his death and burial was a seed that sprouted into a harvest
of new Christians. That may
sound unsettling to us, but Jesus said something similar in John 12:24.
"Very truly I tell
you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains
only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds."
When one is martyred for
a specific cause his death can attract new adherents to his cause.
The death of an Islamic terrorist, for example, has motivated
many Muslims to join the terrorist cause.
Jesus' death and burial is the ultimate example of being a seed
that sprouted into the Christian Movement.
Look at Jesus' warning
to the believers in
"Do not be afraid
of what you are about to suffer. I
tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you
will suffer persecution for ten days.
Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life
as your victor’s crown."
For the Christians at
"And he [the elder]
said, 'These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they
have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the
This massive multitude
of saints was those who were executed for their association with
Jesus during the Great
Tribulation. We see them in
"When he [Jesus]
opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had
been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had
Clearly, God often
executes His will in ways that are unsettling to us, and why?
Isaiah 55:8 explains.
"As the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my
thoughts than your thoughts."
The Christian Movement has been a super spreader of Jesus through the martyrdom of the saints in times past and it will be again. By the way, the state decreed Christianization of the Roman Empire in the fourth century that paganised the Jesus Movement was the vaccine that inhibited it from being the super spreader it had been. When thinking of a vaccine, I recall Billy Graham saying that a watered-down Christianity has inoculated many in the western-world from experiencing the real Christianity. May you not be so inoculated.