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Topic: Bitter and Sweet (05/28/09)
TITLE: Bitter Loss, Sweet Return
By Stacy Wells
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The downfall started at dinner three nights ago. The twelve of us all gathered with the lord for Passover. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, he spoke to us, he taught us, and he gave us insight into what his kingdom would be. Then the bombshell, he said one of us would betray him. We immediately thought it would be Judas, and we were right. That snake in the grass! We welcomed him and accepted him and he would do this to us? I guess it worked out though, Jesus was not whom we thought he was. My stomach has been in knots, everything in me is bitter. I’m as bitter as the vinegar offered to him on the cross. I can’t believe we were deceived all this time. As he hung there I cried, I pray to Jehovah to deliver him, or that he would come down and show these Roman pagans and holier than though Pharisees that he was the Messiah. But he just died.
“He’s gone!” my wife burst through the door nearly giving me a heart attack. “He isn’t there anymore! Mary Magdalene and His mother went to the tomb, He isn’t there, the soldiers are gone, and the stone was rolled away, He Lives!” She hugged me tight, joy was all over her. I began to tremble.
“Who stole him?” I asked.
“What do you mean? It is the prophecy you told me about. He raised up His temple in three days.” She corrected me.
I fell to my knees and sobbed. I could not control myself. “I need to see for myself.”
She took me to the tomb and it was empty just like she said. Fear, joy, anger, anticipation, all of these emotions flooded me. I hurried along to find the others to see if they had heard. Could it be? Could he have risen? I needed to know. This could change everything, this could renew everything! I arrived and we were all in the house trying to figure out what had happened and where He could be.
“Peace be with you.” There He was, my Lord, my God! He was alive; He came back to us just as He had promised. He breathed on us. How sweet it was to have Him instruct us again, to impart His spirit to us. It was up to us to continue His teaching, to spread the Word of the His return.
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