|A Funny Thing Happened on the way to
Jude and Timothy were on their way to Jerusalem for the Feast of Pentecost.
As they sat at Jacobs Well, a popular pilgrim hangout, Jude saw
a group of Essenes and asked, I wonder what happened to his disciples?
Whose disciples? asked Timothy.
Jesus of Nazareth. Its been over forty days and Ive
heard rumors everywhere that hes alive, but where are the men and
women who were with him?
I dont know. Hiding from the chief priests I guess. After
what they did to him, who could blame them? You know, it was the chief
priests who gave him to the Romans. I saw the whole thing.
What? You were there when he died?
Both men tried not to appear anxious. Finally, Jude spoke. Have
you heard ... hes alive?
Again, silence. Both men were reluctant to say anything more for fear
the other would suspect he was a disciple. (The chief priests had many
spies.) Just then, they heard the sound of a camel driver and looked up
to see a caravan winding its way down the hill.
After staring at the sight for a minute, Jude spoke. A man in Bethel
told me over 500 people saw him alive, and theyre apparently telling
everyone because I heard the same story in Jericho and Samaria. Do you
think these people are making it up?
More silence. Timothy chose his words carefully. I think they believe
they saw him. What do you think?
I dont know.