The Apostle John knew Jesus personally, Polycarp the Bishop of Smyrna knew John personally. Polycarp died a martyr’s death as described in this antidote: “When Polycarp was brought before the governor, he said to him, “Are you a Christian?” “Yes, I am a follower of Jesus.” “But,” said the governor, “you must renounce Jesus and sacrifice to the idols or I will throw you to the lions and they will tear you limb from limb.” But Polycarp refused. The governor grew more angry and said, “Unless you renounce Jesus, I will have them burn you at the stake.” Polycarp replied, “These eighty and six years have I served my Lord and He never did me any harm, and I cannot deny my Lord and Master now.”
Polycarp was a believer that had met and knew the Apostle John personally and in his death we see that he was a true believer. In his letter to the Philippians, he warns against those who deny the resurrection of Christ. Polycarp understood well the meaning of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and he died for that belief. This is one more testimony of a brother in Christ that strengthens our own faith.
 Torrey, R. A. (1907). Anecdotes and illustrations (83). New York: Fleming H. Revell Co.
Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 8:27 AM CDT