This preface of Josephus is excellent in its kind, and highly worthy the repeated perusal of the reader, before he set about the perusal of the work itself.
In our modern days, it has become a deception that a higher position in the Church of the Lord must bring more comfort, more benefits, more cash—and less suffering. Yet when we look closely at the Old and New Testament prophets and leaders, we discover an interesting “hierarchy”! The more God used someone and the higher his position, that much higher and more intense was the level of his suffering and brokenness.
Written by John Foxe History of Christian Martyrs.