A LIFE OF NOTHING?
“They say he just threw it all away.”
“I heard that, too; you’d think he could have just talked in shades of gray and none of this would have ever happened.”
“I was told that he even told our leaders that they would be going to hell.”
“Oh, my, I can’t believe he was so very blunt and harsh. I only knew of his being kind to everyone. It is amazing how he is striking at the very foundation of our people.”
“There is no way our leaders could tolerate his insolence any longer.”
“I heard they even tried him before the judge. It’s odd, but the judge just said he washed his hands of the matter and gave the decision back to the people at the trial.”
“It makes you wonder why all this fuss. He was just a nobody—just someone who made a few people well. He talked so odd about how he could and would heal anyone who called on his name.”
“It sure is evident how real that claim was! Look at him—there dying.”
“Yes, indeed, a fitting death for a crazy man who claimed much, but is so human that he dies—just like the rest of us.”
“No real God would suffer like that. We should have had someone to lead us out of this bondage of suppressive taxes and government. Such a wasted claim!”
And then the soldier and the two women heard the last request from the dying man on the cruel cross: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
And the lightening flashed and the thunder rolled. The very ground rolled beneath them. And the people below him cried in fright and fear.
“Run, everyone, run!”
“Just away from this evil cross and man!”
And the people ran. The crucified man hung lifelessly, and an eerie silence and darkness obliterated the scene of cruelty and suffering.
A Life of Nothing? So it appeared. What a strange way to save a world! A purpose thwarted. A life wasted! Jesus, calls us in ways not clear to the world of Christian purpose—perhaps just blindingly trusting that, we like him, will serve the greatest purpose of all—a life filled with his glorious humble spirit from God.
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