In general, living a life of Christianity is difficult. It means giving up your whole heart and oppose all the temptations and “enjoyments” in the world for God and your Savior. It is no walk in a park; it takes a lifetime of discipline and love just to come close to this kind of living. The devil can easily lure your mind into all these worldly pleasures but imagine if the devil is not your only enemy. What if the people around you, your family, your friends and even the government, will add to these hardships of being a Christian. These people would often persecute Christians, punishing them even as far from death for loving and believing God.
Junia, a typical ignorant Roman girl who thought that Christians are members of a cult, came to know Christ, with the help of Marcia and Scintilla, ended up sacrificed her life for the love of God believing if that was the faith of her life and God’s will so be it. In the book, The Author describes how the Romans depicted Christians and how it was a crime to be one. It can give dishonor to you and your family even if you were in a family of high rank. Christians are said to be dumb, ignorant, uneducated people who eat the body and blood, to be “saved”. So it would be great dishonor if the senator’s daughter would be a Christian but Junia accepted all the hardships of being a Christian.
There are a lot of motives why Junia gave her life to Christianity. She was born in a Stoic family. Gaius, the senator and her father, taught Junia about Stoicism, self-discipline and controls one’s emotion, however, Junia never fully believed and thus, never committed in this kind of living. She was longing for something better. Nevertheless, the main reason she came to know Christ, as her lord and savior was the virtues and love that the Christians had. Marcia, and her father, Scintilla and the family in the fish cart all of them were able to give an impact in Junia’s life and helped her to believe Christ.
Marcia, Junia’s best friend and a Christian, had the most prominent role in Junia’s road to discovering Christianity. Marcia had this unexplainable joy and a carefree spirit that she exudes every time Junia saw her. She was curious on what made her so cheerful, strong and a good friend. When Junia was ill, She wanted her dad to stay with her, like when she was a little kid, but her father refused due to the risk of infection and he just left her but Marcia, her best friend, did not fear about the virus and stayed to comfort Junia in her time...