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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Jesus Missed the Resurrection
By Loretta Leonard
07/24/07


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The lights slowly dimmed from the back of the church sanctuary and the room grew dark. A small light illuminated the piano at the front and a soft spotlight accentuated the faces of the choir dressed in their red satin robes. For a few minutes there was no sound in the auditorium. Anticipation and excitement swelled throughout the crowd. It was the final scene of the Easter drama “No More Night”. All the preparation of the past months----the extra choir rehearsals, the hours spent designing the stage set, the meticulous sewing that went into making costumes, the fine tuning of the microphones and audio equipment, and the time spent by everyone who worked behind the scenes to make this Easter presentation a success---now focused on the dynamic finale.

For me, it had been a night of many emotions and I was humbled by the fact that I had been chosen to be Christ. To fully depict Him and all that He represented only intensified my appreciation of what He had done. The most important part of the message for everyone was that the death and burial of Christ ended in His resurrection. It was time to reflect on all that my Redeemer accomplished through the cross.

While there was only a faint glow of lights in the sanctuary I had to proceed to the far right of the stage and carefully climb into the rear entrance of the constructed stone grave. The structure was fabricated of heavy cardboard and was one of the lighter props used. I easily entered the back passageway into the tomb and waited quietly inside.

The narrator finished his speech. “And Jesus Christ, the light of the world, shall reign forever.”

The piano began playing the interlude in expectation of the last song. This was my clue to exit through the front opening and take my place directly on the platform. The spotlight would focus on me as the risen Lord, I would lift my hands towards heaven, and the play would end.

I took a deep breath, exhaled, and began to inch forward. My arms easily reached the floor and my shoulders moved close to the opening. The tomb supported by my shoulders moved right along with me. Oh, no! Could I be wrong? I made a second attempt with no success. Not to be defeated I made another effort. No matter how hard I tried to inch my way out I couldn’t make it. Each time the tomb advanced right along with me. I literally was wedged inside the tomb for now.

The harmonic beat of the music began to crescendo and the finale gained momentum. Sitting inside the tomb I watched as the drama finished with me snuggly stuck inside. How many people had noticed? What happened that I couldn’t get out? We had practiced and everything seemed to be ready for the evening. Wait a minute! The tomb was one of the last props to be set up and no one had double checked the size of the openings. That’s why the front exit was too small.

The final strains of the music echoed the theme of the evening. “We will live in the light of the risen Lamb. Hallelujah to the risen Lamb!” All the majesty and glory that was represented by the resurrected Savior was centered on the front stage where Christ was mysteriously missing. No one could see my red face but I felt the flushing as I patiently sat waiting for someone to safely help me. What an unforgettable evening!

Life gives me many opportunities and choices. Each day I have the chance to talk to others about the love of God. I may ignore the gentle tugging on my heart strings to be a witness. I may hide in the background and feel shy because I don’t know how people will react. I may even get caught up in the cares of this world and forget the real meaning behind the resurrection. Yet the challenge to represent the risen Savior to others is the “good news” that everyone needs to hear. I have the answer. Christ is alive and has paid the price for our sins. Psalm 25:2 is the challenge I need to remember when I am embarrassed or uncertain about what to do. “O my God, I trust in you; Let me not be ashamed.” (NKJV).


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Marie Fieldman07/26/07
I especially like the part about forgetting the meaning of the ressurection. I get all upset sometimes, and it doesn't seem to matter that I'm SAVED. The interest was high through the whole thing. I might have built up the embarrassment a little more, put a little more of the main characters feelings about this part. Maybe make it more important for him somehow. Maybe add some dialogue( :.

It's hard for me to find improvable points in this story.Good Job!
Seema Bagai 07/28/07
The beginning and middle were well-written. I was a bit disappointed in the ending, though. How did the MC become "unstuck"?
Dee Yoder 07/29/07
Yes, well written! And most of your devotional is very good, but I also would have liked to know what happened to the "Jesus" in the tomb!
Joanne Sher 08/03/07
Congratulations, Loretta. Your entry has placed 10th in Level 1. With so many entries in this level, you've really done well. The Lists for the Top 15 in each Level and the Top 40 overall is available in the Weekly Results and Highest Rankings forum of our Faithwriters Message Boards.