Peaceful Attitude Of Martyrs A Powerful Witness
When Emperor Diocletian ordered the beheading of his soldier George for defying him, little did he know that George's courageous; yet peaceful disposition throughout the ordeal would inspire many more, including his own wife; Empress Alexandria to ignore the consequence and openly confess Christ as Saviour.
In front of the amazed crowds and royal family, the soldier started to preach about the power of God.
Diocletian ordered soldiers to behead him to prevent him from teaching any more, and on April 23, 303, the soldier received his crown of martyrdom when he willingly laid his neck under the sword.
In the crowds witnessing the events as they unfolded was Diocletian’s wife, Empress Alexandra. She could not believe her eyes and wrestled with her heart as she contemplated the eternity of her soul.
She asked to the same question that many in the empire were asking: Why are we killing these Christians? Why are they willing to die for their belief? Why don’t they fight back? Love and power were reflected in the life of Diocletian’s martyr in a way that was not common in the Roman Empire.
Empress Alexandra openly defied her husband and confessed that she too was a follower of Christ.
Diocletian went into a fit of rage. He ordered his own wife to be beheaded! Empress Alexandra was baptized in her own blood.
The Great Persecution began with unprecedented rage from Emperor Diocletian. . . . What he didn’t know was that the story of that soldier would never die. It would give thousands of Christians—including Rome’s own empress—the courage to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, Paul, and Peter.
The soldier’s name was George, and his death forever changed history. . . . The death of Saint George kickstarted another revival and fueled a supernatural vision for a future emperor that would change Christianity forever.