The First Martyr’s Testimony
Stephen lived sometime ago
in a land of great turmoil.
When those in power served themselves
the mass’ were their spoil.
So as others all around him
Stephens hopes grew very dim.
Til the day he heard Yeshua speak
and hope revived in him.
He was tried; as conflict rose
from those he’d known the best.
But his Saviour’s all consuming love
withstood with ease that test.
With joy and great conviction
he would daily testify.
Til the maddened unbelievers
screamed out Stephen you must die.
With every blow the life ebbed from
his broken earthly form.
Yet his “spirit man”, ascended
dancing high above the storm.
Stephen sang out, “I see Jesus,
mercy Father” was his cry.
The grace in his heart touched the hearts
of some who had stood by.
Today we often hear the tales
of little bodies broken.
While witness’ recount the scene
defence is left unspoken.
Does Jesus’ words still transform
the hearts and lives of men?
Have we enough of Christ in us;
to live and die as Him?
book of Acts 6:5—7:54-60 C.D.M. 2009