In the course of his education, Martin Luther encountered stories of the ancient Christian martyrs. Like most people, he admired their courage.
There was Blandina, for example, a Christian slave arrested with her mistress in 177 during the persecution of the churches of Gaul. Despite days of incredible torture, Blandina continued to confess to her judges that she was a Christian. Other Christians who witnessed her ordeal said she reminded them of Jesus on the cross. Conformed to Christ and claiming his victory over the devil, sin and death, Blandina was finally killed.
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