John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 6, page 1 of 3)

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Chapter 6

Just as I was about to describe what was happening, Jesus spoke to us all.

"I commission the four of you to embark on a great journey with John. Speak the words I give you to the remnant that is in this city. Do not be afraid of the opposition. Remember this: Light always overcomes darkness," he said as the mist lifted.

Woody started weeping. Tom sat with his eyes closed while Mary spoke praises in our native language. I found myself wishing we could stay in this ambiance.

"We have work to do," I said, "It doesn't look like we're going to get any sleep tonight."

"I agree," Tom said, "And what better atmosphere in which to work!"

We started reading through the material on the table. Mary read the book from the bedroom; Tom read the book he brought, while Woody and I perused the information in the books he brought in.

"Let's try to focus our attention on John's writings," Woody suggested.

"Already on it," Tom replied, "I see in the first epistle he wrote he tells of God being a light, and that there is no darkness in him at all and here, in his gospel it says "The Light shone where it was dark and the darkness did not stop the Light from shining."

"I think it's understood, then, that as long as we do what Jesus instructs us to do, we shall be in this light," I commented.

Woody laid a rather large historical book in the center of the table. He ran his index finger along the bottom of a page, and then to the top of the next.

"This is what life was like in first century Palestine," he said, as he read from the book, "The seekers of God could be saved by the Messiah's direct intervention, but the city and its system was completely corrupt, and misrepresented God. This general interpretation of who God was resulted in persecution of Christians because they believed the Messiah had come, while the Jewish leaders could not agree on the matter."

"It's hard to believe I lived there a few years ago," I said soberly.

"It doesn't seem to be much different than today," Tom said.

"How did John view all of this?" Mary asked.

"It appears he was greatly affected by the attitude of the day; he was known as one of the 'sons of thunder'. This name typified his impetuous nature. After experiencing a close relationship with Jesus, his view of life changed," Woody offered as he looked at the big book on the table.

"It makes sense that he would be the Apostle for this age," Mary said.

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