The Suffering of this Present Time

Romans 8: 18 I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us[1]

"following the footsteps of Paul" - Bus #1 Group at the Roman Coliseium
“following the footsteps of Paul” – Bus #1 Group at the Roman Coliseium

Today is the last day in Rome for the “Following in the Footsteps of Paul” Greece-Rome 2015 Tour. In spite of the tremendous amount of walking required, most of our 55 persons made the excursion yesterday to visit the Roman Coliseum and the Vatican. The Coliseum is the location where the Catholic Church recognizes the suffering of early believers in Jesus Christ through beheadings and being fed to wild animals. At the Basilica of St. Peter we were told that the remains of Peter are buried 20 feet under the altar where the Pope celebrates the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Peter was crucified upside down and is thought to have suffered in this manner for three days until he finally died. Paul, as a citizen of Rome was given the privilege of being beheaded, which was an almost instantaneous death. After the beheading his head was said to have bounced three times: each time it touched the ground a spring of water broke though the earth.

"following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul" - Bus # 2 at the Roman Coliseum
“following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul” – Bus # 2 at the Roman Coliseum

You and I will have our moments when life gets rough, but most of us will not have to suffer like Paul and Peter. Before his death in Rome, Paul wrote to the church that was located there about suffering. He was firm in his conviction that the glory of God which was soon to be revealed in each believer would far out way the suffering of their present time. In their lifetimes Peter and Paul lived to see the creation of the Church that has grown into what we now know of as the modern Christian Church. The next time you think you are going through something I encourage you to think about Paul and Peter.


Lord, grant me the strength to endure the suffering of this present time. Grant me a vision of the glory that you have laid up for me: not just in the life to come, but in this world as well. Lord, make me strong. Lord, grant me courage. Lord, grant me peace. Lord, grant me your power and your presence. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior we pray. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Photo by Nicholas Hood III – “Following the Footsteps of Paul” travel group at the Roman Coliseum

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ro 8:18). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.