The people were beginning to gather into a crowd.
I could view them as I walked down the dusty road on that unusual day.
Their voices were beginning to increase and become intense.
Other folks began to gather about as I continued to come closer to their gathering place.
Accusations were being shouted directed to one special person.
Steven was his name.
I heard the crowd cry out to do away with him!
Later I was to learn he was a man of grace.
Divine blessings and favor was upon him.
He was attributed to having miracles done to other by his works.
This gathering was not to participate in his favor rather those who were shouting were not for joy of his ministry.
They wanted him silenced from his testimony he had delivered.
They wanted Steven stoned to death.
The crowd ground their teeth as their hearts were cut and infuriated at his words.
Stephen I saw now closely for I had arrived at this gathering site.
Steven was gazing into heaven and saw the Glory of God and Jesus stand at Gods right hand as the heavens opened.
The crowd raised a great shout placing their hands over their ears and rushed in upon him.
Steven was now being stoned to his death.
Steven cried loudly. “fix not this sin upon them”.
When he had said these words he asked the Lord Jesus to receive and accept his spirit.
Jesus stood up from His Fathers Throne.
The place were a rainbow dwells continually.
The stones fell upon Stevens body and it appeared to me they were glistening as gold.
The Gold of Heaven, Jesus, allowed Steven to sleep while earths stones killed him.
The heavens did open to gather his spirit!
Lamentations I heard that day as the devoted carried Stevens body out of the city and buried him.
As “living stones” on earth which as we are built into a dwelling place for God Almighty.
Do not forget this concerning you and other Christians.
Let them throw those stones.
We are not of this kingdom.
We are those stones as gold.
Allow the rainbow of promise which dwells about Gods Throne shine through you as you speak the gospel of peace to folks on this earth.
As I walked away from this most dreadful site I made the decision to speak the gospel of peace without fear of the stones man throws.
I shall remember the heavens opened and Jesus standing waiting for Stephen.
I now understand all Christians are as“living stones” .
We glisten in the light of Gods rainbow as we ourselves are glistening as stones of gold.
We may be persecuted and die to this life but we are on our way to Gods Throne of Grace where we will gather together forever in Jesus Name.