Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ
The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton – by John Piper
Tyndale. Paton. Judson. Each of these men took to heart the sobering truth of Jesus’ words in John 12: Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it will bear little fruit.
In their lifelong willingness to plant seeds of faith and hope with tears of blood, they not only embraced Christ’s suffering for them but powerfully joined with him in his afflictions—all for the sake of the gospel.
Understanding that God’s strategy for reaching unreached peoples includes the sufferings of his frontline heralds, these faithful servants let nothing deter them from their mission: Not isolation from their families. Not threats on their lives. Not disease, imprisonment, banishment from their homelands, or cruel opposition. Not even death. Their biographies offer essential lessons for our Christian witness to all.