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Topic: Write in the MYSTERY genre (04/05/07)



Well! It’s finally happened!

They’ve killed the Rabbi Yeshua. We won’t go over the arguments here, with such a short time before the Holiday begins. You all know the controversy that’s gone on, especially these last months. As Caiphas said “It had to come to this. It was one man, or all of us.”

Also, as you know, there was a major earthquake this afternoon. Although the homes in the city seem to have fared well, apparently several tombs in the burial gardens were damaged. There has been a disturbing rumor that some of those tombs were empty when family members checked on them. Is there foul play involved?

No time to check that out before sunset, so be sure to be here after the Sabbath for the latest update. For now, enjoy your Passover! This is Jedekiah, your favorite, your ONLY news announcer here in the Temple Square.


XTRA! XTRA! Shocking news! Someone has stolen bodies from the burial gardens.

Even now, investigators are interviewing suspects and looking for clues. So far, Police talked to several women who seemed hysterical. They are allegedly followers of the late Rabbi, and babbled about his coming back to life and angels appearing. But the investigators didn’t get any solid clues from them. One thing’s sure. If an angel decides to show up, it will be to one of us, not to some women!

It would seem obvious that the first suspects would be His disciples, but interviews with them didn’t reveal much either. They seemed terrified and divided, even more confused than the rest of us. (Ha, Ha)

Caiphus refused an interview with us, but we have trustworthy sources inside the Palace. They say the guards who were at the Rabbi’s tomb came back to Caiphas this morning with a story of falling asleep and missing his disciples when they stole His body. Personally, I don’t buy the story that motley crew could pull it off. And why would soldiers admit to sleeping on duty?

More personally relevant to many of us, the number of missing bodies of loved ones is multiplying. There is mourning going on all over the city as though people have lost their loved ones all over again. Meanwhile, investigators at the scene found confusing clues. Footprints were left in the damp soil outside the tombs, but there were only prints leading AWAY from the caves. Somehow any prints leading TO the caves have been obliterated. In fact at this time there are no solid leads.

Be here tomorrow for the very latest news from Jedekiah, your favorite, your ONLY news announcer here in the Temple Square.


Speechless! I am just speechless!

I returned home after the news report and prayer yesterday, and there was my godly grandmother in our courtyard surrounded by neighbors. Not so unusual, you say? Except she’s been dead for two years!

She said she “woke up” to a great light and heard a Voice tell her to go into the city and testify to the resurrection of Messiah. Then she quoted from the prophet Isaiah that Messiah would be led like a lamb to the slaughter, but He would again see the light of life. She quoted many other Scriptures.

Not only that, but all over the city godly men and women who were dead have suddenly reappeared announcing that Messiah came among us, and died for our sins, and rose again.

Gentlemen, personally I no longer doubt. I don’t understand it all, but I simply must conclude that Yeshua is Who He said He was, Messiah come in the flesh. We will discuss this more another day. Until then, I am Jedekiah, your news announcer here in the Temple Square.


Mat 27:51-53 (NIV) At that moment the curtain of the temple
was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The
tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised
to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went
into the holy city and appeared to many people.

Isaiah 53 (NIV)

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Jan Ackerson 04/13/07
Very clever updating of the resurrection story!
Lynda Schultz 04/13/07
I especially loved the picture these lines gave me: "I returned home after the news report and prayer yesterday, and there was my godly grandmother in our courtyard surrounded by neighbors. Not so unusual, you say? Except she’s been dead for two years!" Good job.
CeCe Lane04/14/07
Bravo! Good job!
Marilyn Schnepp 04/14/07
I didn't realize at first that the Rabbi was Christ. But I liked this story - and it was, and still is a mystery. Well done, and intrigued the reader to the very end. Nice job!
Verna Cole Mitchell 04/14/07
I love how you told this story as a mystery. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 04/14/07
An original way to tell a familiar story! Loved it.
Joanne Sher 04/16/07
I really liked the newsman's "voice" to this - it felt quite authentic most of the time. I very unique take on the topic - and the story!
Sara Harricharan 04/17/07
I can just see this all happening right there and then. Your descriptions are very good and the storyline was certainly engaging! I liked the part best with the "godly grandmother' who'd been dead for two years. Never quite put much thought to that. Great writing! ^_^
Julie Arduini04/17/07
Great take on the mystery, POV, just an all over good read!
Chrissi Dunn04/18/07
Well done. I think that you and I must have been thinking alike when we heard about the 'mystery genre'! ;)

It was very original to write this piece as a news report. It must have been truly amazing for these witnesses!