The Empty Tomb
The company of fallen beings cursed God for His deception and hurriedly retreated. They were pushing each other and tripping over one another as they left. Fearful of Satan’s retribution, they were confused and not sure where to go or what to do. The kingdom of darkness was quickly falling into disarray as certain victory had now become absolute defeat.
As Strom walked inside the tomb, Link directed him to wait there for the followers of Jesus who would be arriving soon. He, then, started up the path toward Jerusalem where he would stay with the disciples in the upper room until Jesus appeared. Link stopped and looked back at the empty tomb, the sleeping soldiers littering the area around the opening. He rejoiced that the Son’s victory was so decisive.
A great deal had occurred since Jesus had come. He and Strom were privileged to play a small part in God’s great Plan. Turning back toward Jerusalem, he continued the short journey toward the city. A few hundred yard up the path, he passed a man who shone like the sun.
“Well done, faithful warrior.” The man’s voice that brought a rush through the whole being of the angel.
“Lord, it is You! May You be glorified in all heaven and earth.”
“Stand near me, warrior. Behold the glory of God as my victory is made known to the whole earth.”
With that the Lord turned toward a huddle of demons that had been secretly following the angel. “Be gone,” He said, “and take this message with you. I have risen and my Father’s will has been completed for the salvation of all mankind.”
The demons fled, tripping over each other as they ran back to deliver the message to their master.
Jesus sent Link on to be with His disciples, giving orders to guard the upper room from Satan’s forces until He arrived. The angel bowed low before the Lord and ran down the path toward the city. Just then the silhouettes of women bearing spices approached.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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