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Once upon a time long ago, there lived a small boy. He lived in a country that had very hot summers and cold winters .
The boy had a mother, whom he loved dearly . He would help her in the vegetable and herb garden enjoying his dinner when she cooked the things they had grown together. The boy loved his father very much. His father always smelled of the clean fresh scent of the timber he worked with. Sometimes the boy would go to his fathers workshop and help make it clean by sweeping the wood shavings into a neat pile. He would gather them up and place them in a large basket.
Later Father would use them to start the cooking fire at home for Mother to cook dinner.
The boy had several brothers and he would play with them and the other children in the neighbourhood. He went to a school that taught reading, writing, math and history. He was taught about God and how God had been personally involved in his Countries development.
His Mother and Father loved God and told the boy many stories about the wonderful things God had said and done. They also told him about the rules for life that God had given to their leaders. How it was important to obey the rules because it made God sad when they didn’t and they all loved Him so much that no one wanted to make God sad.
The boy’s family had traveled a lot when he was tiny and they had spent some time in other countries. Some people there believed in different gods. Some of the gods were not very nice and wanted to hurt people, they told the boy. He knew his God was real as well as good and kind and very loving.
After the boy’s family had completed their travels they settled down to do the things that families do best. Work, play, love each other and of course God was a big part of their family and was invited to do everything with them. The boy had Aunts and Uncles, cousins and Grandparents whom he would visit with his family. They would take some of the good things they had grown to share with everyone. Sometimes they would take gifts they had made with their own hands in their father’s workshop. Everyone enjoyed themselves very much.
Father had to go away sometimes when his work was in another town. The boy would act like the head of the family then and look after his mother and brothers and sisters. He always asked God to help and advise him and God did. They worked really well together.
Mother and Father knew that the boy would have something very important to do when he grew up. They were not sure exactly what it was to be but they knew that God was involved so they tried not to worry.
In those days they used the church grounds like a marketplace and one day the boy got so angry at the people not respecting Gods house, he tipped over the tables and yelled at the salesmen. The priests came out to see what all the fuss was about. They told the boy to mind his own business. He really got angry then and told the priests off for letting Gods home be totally trashed. His parents thought that they had better go home and do some praying, just incase they had upset God by getting angry. God let them know he wasn’t about to get upset when people did the right thing.
The boy kept on learning and growing taller and wiser, he knew now that he would have an important job to do for God when he grew up.
One day he said to his mother and father that he had something he just had to do and he packed a small pack with a change of clothes and he took himself off to a big river where lots of people were meeting to pray to God and promise to be good and love him always. The boy walked into the river and a man who was standing in the river, gave him a big hug and told the people that the boy was very important to everyone, and God loved him heaps. The man said that the boy would do Gods work and that everyone would need to listen to the important things he would say..
By now the boy had grown up and become a man. He gathered up a whole bunch of friends and they went all over the country doing good things and helping everyone to understand what God wanted them to be like.
The people who were in charge of the country were frightened because they thought the man was trying to take over and they liked the power of being bosses. They told some lies and had the man arrested and beaten up. The magistrate said he hadn’t done anything wrong, but the bosses of the country and the church the man belonged to still wanted to get rid of the man. They had him beaten up some more and stuck a horrible prickle crown on his head. They took him and a couple of other criminals to a big hill and stuck nails in him to fasten him to a big wooden cross. Then they let him die.
His friends and family took his body and put it in a big cave and stuck a whopping great stone in front as a door so no one could get in.
Everyone was really, really sad and some went home and some stayed close by.
One of the ladies went to pray at the cave, she got such a fright, the stone was rolled away and the man was gone.
She raced back to tell all his friends that someone had done something aweful to the body of the man. They rushed back and sure enough the cave was empty except for some sheets. They were upset and went away all except someone the woman thought was a gardener. It was the man . He told her not to cry, every thing was going to be ok just trust him and God.
Later all the mans friends were meeting to have dinner. They locked the door to keep the nasty people out and help them to feel safe. They got a huge surprise when the man appeared and told them that his important job was nearly done and that they were to go on and do more for God. One of his friends had to do a job someplace else and wasn’t at the dinner. When everyone told him what they had seen he said ‘yeah right’, it couldn’t possibly be the man and he would believe it when he saw it.
Well it wasn’t many days later that the Man turned up for dinner again through a locked door. This time all his friends were there and the one who had said ‘yeah right’ got the shock of his life but he believed and apologized to everyone.
The man told all his friends where they had to go out in the world to continue the work they had started for God. They all said ok!
Do you know who the man was and what his job was?
Do you know who the friends were and what their jobs were?
Are you a friend?
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