Paper on The Role of Persecution in the early Jesus following Movement

What significance does persecution play in Luke’s narrative?

The gospel of Luke and Acts of Apostles are both Luke’s narratives that point out to persecution as a key factor during the earlier years of Christianity. Persecution in Acts of Apostles is significant because it validates what Jesus had said previously. The Jewish authorities persecuted Jesus and eventually crucified Him on the cross. They did not accept him as the promised Messiah who was promised by the prophets. Before his crucifixion, he told his disciples to expect more persecution than what he would undergo. Therefore, persecution is a validation of what Jesus said earlier before ascension.

Since persecution was a part of their story, what were the implications?

Persecution of Apostles validated the hypocrisy of the Jewish authorities and their hatred towards Jesus as the Messiah and his followers. Luke’s narratives prove the fact that apostles never contradicted Jewish laws and traditions; however, Jewish authorities come out aggressively against the apostles. Persecution was proof of the divine call to reach out to both Jews and gentiles. The opposition was the price to pay for following Jesus as He had intimated to them.

If persecution had not been a part of their story, what could have been the result?

If persecution had not been part of their story, the followers of Jesus could have remained comfortable within Jerusalem. Persecution built a distinction between Judaism and Christianity to both Jews and gentiles. The difficult conditions allowed the followers to flee from Jerusalem to other Roman provinces to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without persecution, there would have been an opportunity for the spread of Christianity beyond the Roman province of Judea. At the same time, people could have not gotten the difference between Christianity and Judaism.