What A Strange Little Man (Chapter 6, page 1 of 5)

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Chapter 6

Mary didn't quite know what to make of Onesiphorus. She was surprised that I brought a visitor home with me, and she assured me this changed nothing about finishing our previous conversation.

"You look tired," She said to Onesiphorus.

"I am. It is so kind of you to offer me a resting place," He said to us.

"I am very intrigued by you and your friend, but it can wait until morning. Would you like something to drink?" I asked, as I noticed Mary was already moving toward the kitchen.

She brought in some bread and wine.

"I hope this will satisfy you both for the evening," She said, as she served Onesiphorus first and then me.

Mary was the perfect hostess. I could tell she would rather be sound asleep in her bed right now, but she never said a word about it.

"How did you come to know your friend in our prison?" I asked trying to make pleasant conversation. Onesiphorus was troubled about losing his friend, revealing the tremendous bond they had.

"It's sort of an ironic story, but if you don't mind, I would like to ask you something," He said.

"If I can answer I certainly will," I assured him.

I couldn't explain it, but something about this man gave me a feeling of confidence and comfort.

"Do you know when the……uh…….execution might be?" He asked hesitantly.

"I'm afraid I can't say. It was supposed to be today, but since Nero fell ill, I'm not sure when it will be," I said.

"He wants to be there, then?" He asked.

"I guess he does. Why does this man pose such a threat? He seems harmless enough to me," I curiously inquired.

"I am certain I do not know. I can only assume the leaders of Rome are afraid of the same thing the leaders of the Hebrews were afraid of," He offered.

"What would that be?" I asked.

"Well, it seems the Sanhedrin was afraid of Jesus because he didn't do things the way they taught the Hebrews they should be done. They felt they were the final authority of the law," He said.

"How do you mean? What law? Is there another law besides Roman law?" I asked.

"Certainly there is. The Hebrews have something they call the Torah. In it are the writings of the prophets of old, and the words God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai," He explained.

"And Jesus disobeyed these laws?" I asked.

"No, he did something far worse; at least according to the Sanhedrin. He fulfilled them," He said.

"What's that mean?" I asked.

"It means that Jesus is the Messiah. All that he said, and all that happened to him was foretold by the writings in the Torah," He said.

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