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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!
By Kitt Swanson
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You want real joy? Go back to the day Jesus was crucified. Listen as the nails pierced Jesus’ flesh. Remember his pain. A celebration started early that day. Satan and his followers celebrated at their underground headquarters. “Speech, Speech” chanted his evil members. “It was nothing. Jesus was leading the people we deceived back to his Father. He caused Hell to lose many souls. He had to die. I just want to thank each of you for all your lies, deceit, and manipulation to get the victory we have; the King is dead. Raise your glasses high and let’s toast the death of Jesus, the Son of God.” “Hear, Hear” all the demons said jointly.
By now, all the demons were really celebrating. All were having a good time except for Satan who was on edge. Even his glass of Jack Daniels did not calm his nerves. The second guy in command went to Satan, “What’s the matter boss? Why are you sitting here alone?” “Something does not feel right. God is up to something.” “Boss the King of Jews is dead!” “You right, I am worrying about nothing” But to be sure, Satan called his buddy Grave on the phone. “Grave, I know it is late but I need to ask you a question.” “What is it? The misses and I just went to bed” “Grave is Jesus dead?” “Yeah man, I have him in my holding cell. Now if you don’t mind, I like to get some sleep.” “Thanks Grave, I knew I could count on you”.
On Saturday morning the demons awoke, finding themselves in the heap of bottles, food trays and women. “Boss that was some party last night” his demon friend said while shaking his leader awake. Satan jumped off the floor, and began dialing Grave’s phone number. “Grave could you check and see if Jesus is still there” “Hold on” Grave told him as he put the receiver down to go see. “Yes, he is still here. Now, leave me alone. Jesus is dead forever and he is not coming back”. “Thanks Grave. I do not know why I am so jumpy. You are so right--he is dead!” “Enjoy your family” Satan said to Grave in an uneasy way. “I will if you stop bothering me about a dead man” Grave then slams the phone down.
Yet, back at the grave site early Sunday morning, the earth shook. The stars dropped out of the sky, the moon and sun stopped shining.
Satan picks up the phone and dials Grave. “Grave what is going on? I felt the earth move and what happened to the sun and moon?” “Go see if Jesus is still dead” Satan said while biting his nails. “I told you, HE IS DEAD!” Grave screams in the phone. “Just check please” Satan says without causing Grave to be too angry. “Hold on!” Grave comes back shaking in his voice “He is gone!” “WHAT?”
Mary is at the grave looking for Jesus. “Who are you looking for?” Captain of the Angel asked Mary. “Jesus. Could you tell me where they took him?” “Jesus has risen” the angel told her. Mary left to tell the disciples. She met a man on the way. She was crying. The stranger asked her, “Why are you crying?” “I was looking for Jesus. Someone took him.”
”Mary, Mary” the voice said. She looked up at the stranger and recognizes that it was Jesus. Jesus told Mary to tell the disciple that he was alive. “I’ll meet them in Galilee.” Jesus disappeared and Martha had so much joy she sang, she danced and she shouted all the way to the disciples.
In Heaven, the angel were giving each other high fives and jumping up and down praising God the Most High.
You want to know real joy? Get to know Jesus who died, was buried and rose on the third day. That is reason enough for all saints to rejoice. Let’s celebrate this good time and ask others to come on! Hallelujah!
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