What, no, that was not the end of the story. After the leader, Jesus, came
out of the tomb alive, He was seen by a woman I'll call Mary M. In whom was
given the first message to take to His followers after His crucifixion and
Now if you remember, His followers were dealing with several things: they had
just had their dreams and expectations broken all to pieces and they were so
afraid they would be next to be crucified or imprisoned, and last but not least,
one of their members had sold out the leader so trust was a factor.
So when Mary M. came with the message from the leader they had a hard time in
believing what she was telling them. Finally two of the followers left and ran
to the tomb to see for themselves.
The one that got there first stood outside the tomb and so the other one
slipped past and went on inside, then the first one went in. All they saw was
the cloth that was placed upon His head folded and set to one side and the grave
wrappings empty where the leader had been placed. After all that they left and
went back to report to the other followers what had been found out.
Meantime, two men were walking home and another man joined them going the
same direction, the two had been discussing the leader and the third man asked
about what they had been talking about. So they told him.
Then the stranger started telling the two men of scriptures that told about
this very thing.
When they got home they invited the stranger in to eat with them, the
stranger meant to go on, but was persuaded to eat with them. When they all set
down to eat, the stranger broke the bread and that's when the two mens eyes were
opened and they realized that the stranger was the leader alive and as soon as
they did, He disappeared and the two rushed back to the followers to tell them
of there experience.
Well the leader was seen by the followers at least four times and by some
others as well before He was seen going up in the clouds about forty days after
He had resurrected from the tomb and by this time they were convinced that
despite the leaders death, He was very much alive again.
This is still not the end, but the beginning of the story.
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