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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Bridge (07/31/08)

TITLE: For My Family
By Ruth Neilson


Had it almost been a year since his father, Yoseph, died? Fifteen-year-old Yeshua grimaced as He slowly made his way through the temple yard, brown eyes peering through the various pens. This had always been his father’s job—Yeshua could never bring Himself to select a lamb for His family.

Maybe because it hit too close to home...or maybe it was because on the darkest of nights, He would awaken feeling hard metal piercing His skin.

Yeshua loved His people...loved all people, even though He instinctively feared the Romans. He knew that the blood sacrifice was required to begin to rebuild the bridge of fellowship with Abba. Yeshua knew that the price. He was prepared for it...unlike these lambs.

They were only a year old, still innocents in the world, and yet destined to be sacrificed. He blinked several times, “Oh, Abba...” He breathed, blinking several times, knowing the terrible cost that He was going to pay for the ultimate repairing the shattered bridge.

He entered a pen and knelt, carefully examining a lamb.

“From one of the finest herds of Bethlehem,” the shepherd stated, watching Yeshua carefully. “I helped his mother give birth last spring.”

Yeshua found Himself nodding as He carefully examined the lamb. “Not a sign of a blemish on it.” His voice cracked and awkwardly, He cleared his throat. “How much is it?”

The shepherd raised his eyebrow as he named the price. Yeshua frowned. The price seemed too low for a Passover lamb.

“A lamb to build a bridge for your mother, brothers, sisters, Yeshua son of Yoseph.” Yeshua felt His frown shift into a look of confusion as He peered up at the shepherd as the elder man continued his voice dropping into a whisper. “I was there that night, fifteen springs ago. I saw the angels announce Your birth.” There was a pause; then a moment of understanding passed between the two men. Then shepherd’s voice rose back to a normal volume. “And I will not accept a shekel more.”

Yeshua found Himself nodding as He fished out the coinage from His pouch. The first official transaction of His manhood completed. Gently, He scooped up the lamb, stroking its head tenderly.

With careful steps, He carried the lamb out of the temple, towards where His family waited. Mother smiled; her brown eyes radiated with pride of her Son. Did she know how hard it was for Him? To choose a sacrifice for the family when He was supposed to become the ultimate bridge for everyone?

“Thank you, little lamb,” Yeshua whispered, lifting its small head to His face, “thank you for being a bridge for My family until My time has come.”

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Deborah Engle 08/07/08
Wow! This blew me away. So creative and so compelling.
Lynda Schultz 08/07/08
There seem to be a couple of words missing, or extra, in the third and fourth paragraphs, but that is so minor in the light of the beauty of this piece. You've presented a unique perspective to the Passover and to Christ's life. Very good work.
Joanne Sher 08/08/08
Oh so creative take on the topic! Masterfully told and completely engaging. Much to ponder here!
Holly Westefeld08/08/08
Your tender speculation of this scene drew me to contemplate an irony I had never considered about Jesus participating in the prescribed sacrifices. Beautiful!
LauraLee Shaw08/11/08
What a perspective. This is outstanding, masterful in every way.
william price08/11/08
I enjoyed the layers of ministry here. It was good from many perspectives. Great job. God bless.
Shirley McClay 08/11/08
Oh wow... never thought about this part of Jesus' life. Wonderful insights.
Joshua Janoski08/12/08
This really got me thinking. Just when I think there are no more fresh takes on Biblical topics, I end up getting surprised. This was really really good! I loved your ending line.
Mariane Holbrook 08/13/08
It doesn't get much better than this! Your entry is so creative that I could only wish I'd entered it! Kudos. Big time!
Helen Dowd08/13/08
I must say, you certainly used your imagination and ingenuity here to create such a fine story. I loved it all the way through. But I especially loved the reference you made about the old shepherd and his memories of Yeshua's birth. All I can say further about this entry is, EXCELLENT. I know you have a wonderful talent and you are using it for God's glory....Helen
Carole Robishaw 08/13/08
This was very well done. It's good to see things from a different POV, makes us stop and think. I really liked this one.
Beckie Stewart08/13/08
I like this story of Jesus and His ever awareness of His someday sacrifice for us.
Lyn Churchyard08/13/08
And THIS is why you are in Masters!

I loved the shepherd saying "I was there that night, fifteen springs ago. I saw the angels announce Your birth.”. This is the stuff that goosebumps are made of. Wonderful Ruth, just wonderful
Betsy Markman08/14/08
This is certainly a facet of Jesus' life that I never really thought about. Thanks for giving us a glimpse of how things might have been.