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We grew up with the story of Moses, seeing the burning bush and being given a difficult task to carry out (to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt). He asked, who shall I say has sent me? “I am who I am.” Tell them I am has sent you. (Exodus 3)
The teachers of the law were very unhappy when Jesus was teaching the people. He claimed such outrageous things.
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. (John 14:6)
I am the vine and you are the branches. (John 15:5)
I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25)
Some of these teachings may have been to us – his close followers, but word got around. For example, the claim to be the resurrection and the life was made shortly before Jesus called his friend Lazarus back to life. He had been dead for four days.
News of a death spreads rapidly. When the person, who died is alive again, this news spreads too.
(Author’s note: There wasn’t social media in those days, but there were places where people gathered to chat. I know of places like that today, where retired men gather in the street to catch up with local news.)
People examined the evidence of Lazarus’ story. Later, following Jesus’ crucifixion, there were lots of stories going around. Everyone had to make up their own minds what had really happened on the third day after his death.
This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.
I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)