DISCIPLES AND THE RESURRECTION
By Rev. Dean
Before Jesus rose
the third day from the tomb.
hid, in failure and gloom.
hoped, was the Messiah and King.
Israel, once more He would bring.
their hearts, their leader had died.
They might be the
next the mob crucified.
thirst for blood was easily stirred.
To give up their
dream, they all now concurred.
But when Jesus
arose, their fears quickly fled.
with great boldness, “He rose from the dead!”
Within a few
years the gospel was preached,
To the known
world, that’s how far they reached.
They were now
willing to suffer and die,
To tell that the
Savior had risen on high,
They all died as
martyrs,* not fearing this doom,
So all men might
know Christ rose from the tomb.
to tradition, the Apostle John died of old age, exiled to the isle of