Tuesday, December 20, 2005

The Story of Telemicus

William Barclay tells the story of Telemicus, a monk who lived outside the city of Rome. He was a man of the country and lived a quiet life but something, maybe the call of God, brought him to Rome, which was for the most part considered a Christian city. Yet thousands of people still attended the games in the Coliseum watching the fights of the gladiators.

Telemicus was carried along by the crowd to the Coliseum, where perhaps 80,000 people gathered, looking for the weekly bloodletting. Telemicus was horrified. "Are we not all men created in God's image? These who were fighting must stop." Telemicus left the stands, leaped from his seat, sprung to the arena, and thrust himself between the two gladiators. His word cried out "in the name of Christ forebear"! They cast him aside. He came back; he cried out again and again "in the name of Christ forebear" they cast him aside. He came back; they cast him aside "in the name of Christ forebear".

Finally, the commander's order rang out. A sword flashed and Telemicus was dead. A hush fell upon the people in the arena. Gradually, the people began to realize what had happened and slowly, one by one, they began to leave. A holy man had given his life to affirm the worth of every human being. The usual blood was not seen that day for something truly ramarkable had happened to the city of Rome, for there was never another gladiatorial contest held in Rome because one man, Telemicus.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telemicus

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

This story on Telemicus is a great example of what can happen when Christians go out and stand for what Christ taught. He did not make his impact with a sword or a weapon, but he sacrificed himself to do right and good. Praise God.
Bruce Archer

Anonymous said...

The story of Telemicus tells me that we truly are all brothers and sisters and ought not to treat another differently for the glorious gospel of God through Christ that shined in the heart of Telemicus to bring about the spirit of guilt and then repentance in the hearts of a few in his day, has likewise shined in my heart to bring me to the knowlegde and very truth of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Anonymous said...

My pastor recently told the story of Telemicus during his weekly message. As the story concluded there was an eerie silence in the large worship center. Many of the congration were spiritually moved by the action of Telemicus. Knowing what's worth fighting for is an important part of my walk with Christ. I pray for the courage and wisdom to fight the worthwhile battles.

Robert Hellams

E. Lee Felder, Jr. said...

We need more Christians who have the courage and resolve of Telemicus. Standing up for right is never wrong.

E. Lee Felder, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Lol he got pwned

Anonymous said...

I heard of this from a Ravi Zacharias open forum to a College Crowd and was Amazed how Christs example to Us has really changed the world.

With an Example like Jesus conveyed to Telemachus We all can please God above with courage and make this a good place to live for others.

To be "pwned" as one person wrote,or "owned" by God is a Great Thing and gives us that feeling of righteousness in doing the right thing with reward in Heaven and Earth.

Thanks to God and Jesus :)

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