” Jesus is coming!” A girl told a merchant” he’s coming to rescue the Jews. He’ll march into the streets of Jerusalem with an army skilled to take on the Romans. They say he’s coming soon,”
” None sense,” the merchant responded, handing grapes to his customers” Who is this Jesus you’re referring too?”
The child slapped her knee and edged closer to the merchant” He’s a Nazarene. A son of a carpenter who wields gifts, gifts from the Lord. He performs miracles. You know, supernatural things no ordinary man could do,” the girls eyes lit up with joy like a warm fire.
The merchant crossed his arms” I know what miracles are child. How does someone as young as you know so much about this miracle worker? Are you trying to trick me into giving you something?”
” No sir. I’m spreading the word. My cousin told my brother and I overheard their conversation while hiding under a bush,”
” You know that is called eavesdropping. It’s a sin to eavesdrop, child,”
” I don’t think so,” the girl kicked a pebble off her sandle” Aren’t you excited to meet him?”
The merchant sighed” I’ve lived long enough child to not believe in such foolishness,”
” It’s not foolishness. Jesus is real and he’s coming soon,” the child waved her hands in the air, yet alerted a Roman guard who approached them.
‘ Is this child bothering you? Go home, child,” the roman guard roared, pushing the child away with his shield, but the merchant stood in front of the Roman guard and bowed.
” Stop. The child isn’t bothering me. Come and I will take you home,” the merchant lead the girl away from the guard. They wandered out of the market toward a green field” see what trouble your story has brought us? Don’t speak about this Jesus person ever again.”
As the merchant wandered back to his stand, the girl walked home. She felt ashamed to put the merchant into danger, yet she couldn’t stop thinking about Jesus. The merchant must be wrong. Throughout her village word spread about Jesus and His miracles. Surely he would arrive and bring salvation to her people. The sun set over the hilltop as the girl returned to her home. Her mother stood in the center of the room dishing out soup to all of her siblings.
” Haley, where have you been?” her mother asked with her hands at her waist” why have you come home so late?”
” I was telling strangers about Jesus in the market. A roman soldier told me to leave, but a merchant told the soldier I wasn’t bothering him, so he lead me away from the market and I returned home,”
The girl’s mother dropped her bowl to the floor. The soup splattered across the room” Goodness, child. You could had gotten yourself killed. Who told you about Jesus?”
Haley’s mouth was blocked by Mateo’s hand” Haley must have heard someone say something about Jesus the other day. You know how Haley is mom. She tells people stories to brighten their day.” he grinned and lead the girl into her bedroom” You can’t be telling others about Jesus,”
” Why not? You talked about him with Aaria,”
” We’re older than you. It’s dangerous to speak about Jesus, especially around the Romans.” Mateo instructed, but Haley’s admiration of Jesus couldn’t be stopped. For the next few days, Haley spoke about Jesus wherever she went, but she did make sure no Roman soldiers were present. As days passed by the child grew anxious to meet Jesus, but he still didn’t arrive in the city of Jerusalem. Doubt overcame her thoughts. Where was Jesus?
As Haley fetched water with her sisters, down by the creak, a voice cried out” Jesus is here!” the girl dropped her pail and rushed toward the city. As she approached the city gate a crowd stood in the path and blocked her view.
” That is Jesus!” A stranger gasped” he’s over there, riding in on a donkey.” but Haley still couldn’t see him. She pushed and shoved her way through the massive crowd, but Jesus was gone. The crowd followed a trail of palm branches, revealing where he had gone.
Haley said to herself” I won’t be able to fit into the crowd within the city,” As the child lost hope a clever plan entered her mind. She ran around the crowd and found another entrance to the city. Inside she climbed a tree and watched for Jesus. She held on tight, but the branch gave away. She fell from the tree into the middle of the street. Haley spit up dirt and sand and the crowd grew silent. Her jaw dropped as a man in a long, white robe walked toward her.
He greeted her with a smile” Hello my child. The Lord admire’s your perseverance.”
Haley stared at his followers” Where is the army with the soldiers fit to stop the Romans?”
Jesus placed a hand on her shoulder” The Lord can do good things without causing a fire,” Jesus helped the girl to stand. Then Him and His followers marched into the center of the city. A tear rolled down the girls face. She stood and ran back to the merchant.
” Jesus is real. I just met him!” Haley boasted.