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Topic: Hope (05/04/06)
TITLE: Hope in Truth
By Jillian Hill
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The man was telling different stories about traveling with Jesus and seeing the miracles that were performed. Then the man began to tell about Jesus being resurrected. Cameron spoke up “I heard his men came and stole him away in the night.”
“Yes. That was the story told far and wide. That story was a lie to cover-up the truth.”
“What is the truth?”
“He died and three days later he rose from the dead. He came to save you from your sins.”
Cameron could feel his heart pounding in his chest. “I am not a sinner.”
“Young man everyone is a sinner. Turn away from the lies you have been told and seek the truth.”
Cameron left but the words would not leave his mind.
Knowing that his Grandparents would remember that time period he decided to visit them.
“Cameron, what a surprise! I am so glad to see you.” His grandma ushered him in to the house. “What brings you here?”
“I have some questions I was hoping Grandpa could answer for me.”
“Questions? Sounds serious. Go on he is in there.” She pointed to the living room.
Cameron entered the room where his Grandpa sat whittling some wood. “Cameron my boy. Have a seat! How are you doing?”
“Not so well Grandpa. I was hoping you could help me.”
“I will try?”
“What can you tell me about Jesus?”
Cameron’s Grandpa stopped whittling. “Do you want the truth?”
His Grandpa began to tell him all he knew about what Jesus taught and the miracles he performed.
Cameron leaned in; “Did you see them crucify him?”
A tear escaped his Grandfathers eye “Yes, I saw. Afterwards he was moved to a tomb for burial.”
Cameron stood up “How come you have never spoken of this before?”
“People did not want to hear it. They wanted to put their trust and hope in gods they could hold and feel.”
“What about Dad?” Cameron questioned.
“When I tried to talk about it he would walk away. He warned me not to say anything to you or we may not see you again.”
“Do you believe it is true, what they say about him rising from the dead?”
“Jesus did rise from the dead just as his people told.”
Cameron was taken back at the matter of fact tone his Grandfather used. “How can you be so sure?”
Cameron’s Grandpa smiled. “I know for sure because I was there and I saw it.”
“I don’t understand.”
“It was a beautiful night. The stars were out and the moon was bright. Larry and I were wide-awake and on alert for any mischief. Suddenly the earth began to shake, light was shining from everywhere, then an angel appeared and rolled away the large boulder that covered the opening to his tomb. I was so terrified I fell and couldn’t move. The angel stood on top of the tomb and then he walked out.”
“Yes, Jesus! He walked away as any healthy man would.”
“You were one of the guards?”
“Yes. I was told to tell no one of the true events that happened. I am sad to say I took the large offering of money that was given to me in exchange for my lies.”
“Why tell me the truth now?”
“I have been praying for a way for the truth to come out for a long time now. Your Grandma and I have hoped to share the truth with our family so that they would come to accept Jesus as the risen savior.” Looking at Cameron with tears in his eyes he smiled. “ I am also hoping that you will be braver than I was and share this truth with everyone. Jesus is the only hope for this world.”
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