The Martyrdom of Polycarp: Part 2Read part 1 here. Polycarp was taken to the city and met with Irenarch Herod and his father, Nicetes. They tried to persuade Polycarp to say “Lord Caesar” and sacrifice to the gods of Rome in order to spare his life. When he refused, he was ushered into the stadium.… Read more
After his vision, Polycarp departed for another place to hide. Since the men seeking him did not find him, they seized two young servant boys, and torturing one, got him to confess to Polycarp’s location. Finally, Polycarp’s pursuers found him. He was lying face down in an upper room, refusing to escape to another place, saying, “The will of God be done.”
For many of us, we allow our identity to exist somewhere other than where Christ calls us. We try to live in him, being rooted and built up in him, but we allow ourselves to become captive through hollow and deceptive thoughts. We allow our family, culture, and society to name us. But a pitcher is a pitcher. Calling it a bucket changes what it is and its purpose. But calling it a pitcher identifies it as a vessel to pour water for drinking.