Second short story for Creative Writing.
The nicest thing anyone’s ever done for me… It’s also the nicest thing anyone has done for you. It’s the nicest thing that has been done by anyone, for anyone, in all of time.
My story begins many years ago, in a small town called Bethlehem. In this town, something happened that staggered the world. It was so unbelievable, so condescending, so wonderful… The Almighty God, Creator of all things, Who was and is and is to come, became a human child, and came to earth to live among us, and He was called Jesus Christ. That in and of itself is fantastic. But it didn’t stop there.
He was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. Until He was thirty, He worked in a carpenter shop and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He wrote no books. He held no office. He never owned a home. He was never in a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from the place He was born. He never did any of the things that usually accompany greatness.
The authorities condemned His teachings. His friends deserted Him. One betrayed Him to His enemies for a paltry sum. One denied Him. He went through the mockery of a trial.
Finally, on a hill called Golgotha, which means the Skull, in what most historians believe to be the most brutal method of execution ever device, God died. The All-powerful, all-controlling Creator chose to endure the worst beating any man has ever been given, chose to suffer the humiliation as the Roman soldiers mocked him, and chose to die upon a cross, like a common criminal. On that cross, He took all sin from me, and you, and everyone else in the world.
Yet, if that were the end, it would have all been for nothing. If God had died, it wouldn’t have mattered why He did it, because He would have admitted that anything in all of existence could overpower Him. That’s why His death on the cross was not the end.
Three days after dying on the cross, Jesus Christ rose again, and in rising, he gave each and every human being the option to come to him and accept his gift: the nicest thing that has ever been done.