Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran in 2013, composed a letter to the world containing a message of faith in the Easter season.
Abedini was originally convicted of developing underground churches for Christians who were not permitted to worship in public churches more than 10 years ago Fox News reported. He was let go after agreeing to stop organizing the church communities. But in 2009, Abedini was arrested on a trip to Iran to assist in the construction of a non-religious orphanage.
Since his imprisonment, Abedini has been brutally abused and denied medical attention until recently. He has spent the past five weeks in a hospital.
Abedini wrote on Maundy Thursday that he was “praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world.”
“Sometimes we want to experience the Glory and resurrection with Jesus without experiencing death with Him. We do not realize that unless we pass through the path of death with Christ, we are not able to experience resurrection with Christ,” Abedini wrote.
“We want to have a good and successful marriage, career, education and family life (which is also God’s desire and plan for our life). But we forget that in order to experience the Resurrection and Glory of Christ we first have to experience death with Christ and to die to ourselves and selfish desires.”
Abedini’s message was given to family members that were permitted rare access to his hospital room.
The letter can be read in its entirety at aclj.org.
Publication date: April 21, 2014