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Topic: Dead End (02/06/14)
- TITLE: A New Beginning
By Lois Farrow
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“What will we do?’
“I never thought it would come to this.”
“We had such high hopes. What do you think went wrong?”
The questions came thick and fast but it seemed there were no answers.
“We’ve come to such a dead end,” sobbed a woman on the floor. “He is dead, and this is the end.”
They were silent as they absorbed the full impact of her statement. The door flew open and a youngster, arms laden with loaves of bread burst in. Quickly someone shut the door behind him.
“What’s the news? What’s happening out on the street?” they wanted to know. The bread sat on the table untouched.
“Nothing,” the boy said, “nothing at all. After those pushing and jostling crowds yesterday, it is so quiet it is scary in a different way. But it is not safe to be out all the same. I tried to keep in the shadows as much as I could. There are some soldiers roaming around looking for people who have been with Jesus. I don’t know what they will do if they find any of us, but I don’t think we should try to find out.”
It was agreed they should stay indoors as long as they could, and only go out if absolutely necessary.
After the Sabbath two of the women could stand it no longer.
“Come on,” said Mary to her friend, Salome. “Let’s go and take these spices we’ve prepared to the body. It’s the least we can do.”
They slipped quietly out the door and hurried off to the tomb. In no time they were back, bursting excitedly into the room.
“We saw him,” they squeaked, hardly daring to believe it themselves. “We saw Jesus and he spoke to us. He’s alive. He is ALIVE, it’s true.”
Faces looked dumbly at them. What were they talking about? Hadn’t they all seen Jesus crucified? Hadn’t they all shared in preparing his body for burial? And some of them had watched as he was laid in his grave. They knew what a dead body was like – it was dead. Dead meant dead, it didn’t mean alive as these two were saying.
As the women told their story the beginnings of faith began to creep in. Could it be true? Was this not the end, after all? Were all the things Jesus had said true? Come to think of it he had said he would rise from the dead, but they hadn’t been able to comprehend what that meant. No one came alive again after being dead, did they? Although there had been Lazarus; who could forget the sight of Lazarus emerging from the tomb, all wrapped in his grave clothes. And the other day after that earthquake when Jesus was crucified there were all those reports of people coming out of their graves on the hill by Jerusalem. They hadn’t seen any of them personally though, and it was a bit hard to believe. How did you know these days what to believe? It was so confusing.
They began to go about their work and the following week when they were all gathered again Jesus suddenly came into the room and joined them. He had a special word for Thomas. They couldn’t take their eyes off him. It was true. He was alive. It wasn’t the end, it was a new beginning.
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