John and the Herodians - From the What a Strange Little Man Series (Chapter 2, page 2 of 4)


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Chapter 2

"We're here as a direct result of a dream we both had," I started. "Mary and I dreamed of the man we saw on the viewer earlier today. We also dreamed he had discovered the frozen man."

"It's called cryogenics, Michael, but this is certainly exciting! Do you know who the man is?" He asked with eyes wide open.

"He's a man from our century. His name is John," I answered.

"Is there some special reference to him that makes this discovery important?" Tom asked.

"You mean, besides the fact that he is one of the original twelve disciples of Christ?" I asked.

Tom dropped his cup of coffee to the floor. We all stood as it made a thundering crash on the marble floor. Tom seemed to ignore the spill.

"Are you serious? Are you sure it's the John?" Tom said as he ran towards a vault behind a large portrait hanging in his hall. He worked the tumblers of the lock with ferocious speed, and retrieved an old black book. He nearly tripped on the lion-shaped throw rug that protruded from the hall into the kitchen about three feet and marked the entrance to the kitchen. He placed the book on the table and began turning the pages until he came to the page for which he was looking.

"Aha!" he exclaimed, "People will never believe it, but it is recorded right here in John's gospel."

"What is?" I asked. We had never seen a record of this nature. I assume it's because Christianity is outlawed in this century, so I was fascinated to learn of its existence.

"Right here, in the last chapter! I can't believe it," he said as he sat down looking very dumbfounded.

"What's it say?" Mary asked, leaning over the table.

"It seems Peter was inquiring about John to Jesus, who gave him this answer: 'What is it to you if I let this man live until I return?'" Tom read.

"So according to this record, John is supposed to live until Jesus returns?" I asked.

"That's what it says, but John states, in the same passage, that Jesus didn't say he would live forever, but only "If I want him to, what's that to you?"" Tom explained.

We looked at each other in disbelief.

"With the events leading up to our presence in this century, nothing about Jesus surprises me. I guess it would be possible that John didn't fully understand his role, especially when you consider the ramifications of eternal existence," I said.

"It's too much for me," Mary said.

"Can I be there when you tell Woody who the man is?" Tom asked like a child.

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