TRAITOR EPISODE 2

REVIVAL FIRES

Rebekah was wondering how much longer she would have to wait. It had been four years since she set her eyes on her husband. She remembered the look on his face when he said goodbye as they took him to Galilee. The efforts by the physicians to restore him to good health had failed. It had also drained the family purse, leaving them hungry and needy.

Thaddeus’ family suggested that she marry his younger brother as custom demands for a dead man, but she refused. Her husband was not dead; he was only sick. She believed that one day he would be healed. The story of Namaan who God healed through Prophet Elisha was an encouragement to her. She told everyone that she was sure her husband would one day receive his healing. But deep down, she wondered if that day would come.

Thaddeus spotted his house in the distance. A lot had changed in the community. This was not the same Decapolis he lived for the first three decades of his life. There was a sense of gloom and darkness which was palpable; he could almost reach out and grab it. He shook the thought from his mind and focused on the most important person in his life. His wife, Rebekah. He wondered if she had waited for him as she promised or if she got tired and married his brother, Cephas.

The whole neighbourhood was thrown into ecstasy! Thaddeus the leper had return home completely whole. His wife held on to him and wept. Everyone else had questions for him. They wondered how he received his healing. They asked him about things that happened when he was younger, hoping to confirm he was not an imposter. Tired of responding to individual questions, Thaddeus devised a better way to tell his story.

“Greetings everyone! I am happy to be back home. It gives me great pleasure seeing my wife, family and each person who has come to celebrate with us. I know you have a lot of questions for me and believe it would be better if we can meet at the town hall tomorrow by noon, for me to respond appropriately.”

The meeting was the beginning of revival in Decapolis. Everyone in the hall listened with rapt attention as Thaddeus spoke. He told them about Jesus, the Messiah that they had been waiting for. He shared the testimonies of the great things He did. The crowd gasped when he told them about the widow of Nain whose only son was brought back to life on the way to the boy’s funeral. A lady in the crowd screamed when he told them about the feeding of the multitude with five loaves of bread and two fish. He remembered her face. She was the one who sold bread in the market. Thaddeus smiled; she was probably imagining the profit she would have made selling to the crowd that Jesus fed.

As evening drew near, Thaddeus began to tell his story. The presence of God filled the room. There was no dry eye in the room; everyone was moved to tears. He told them about the healing of the lepers and shared how Adronicus was also healed when they returned to the colony. He made it clear that all the miraculous works were made possible by the saving power of Jesus.

A man shouted, “What shall we then do to be saved?” This was the moment Thaddeus had prayed for during his journey home. The revival fire was about to be ignited. “There is no other name under Heaven given among men by which anyone can be saved. Except the name of Jesus! Repent, confess your sins, and believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Messiah!”

Suddenly, there was commotion in the hall. “I can see! I can see!!” Thaddeus recognized the lady who was dancing around. It was Lydia. She had lost his sight when she was a young girl, several years ago. That evening, encouraged by the words they heard and miracle they saw, a hundred and twenty people surrendered their lives to Christ.

However, there was an unhappy person in the congregation. Rebecca.

Before Thaddeus became a leper, he had been married for three years without a child. Rebecca was happy to have him back, but she also wanted a miracle. She wanted to carry their child in her hands.

“My lord, I was happy with Lydia’s miracle a couple of months at the town hall meeting. Also, the revival that is sweeping the town is a source of great joy to me. However, I am also in need of a miracle. We are also in need of a miracle. It’s been seven years since we got married and we have no child. I waited four years for you to return. I rejected offers from other men. All for you! Despite all this, it seems Jesus does not want me to have a child. Last night, I began my menstrual period. If the Messiah is using you to heal others, why can’t He harken to your own concern?”

Thaddeus cried to sleep that night. He pleaded with God to answer his prayers. “Dear Lord, please give me a child. Please!!”

The Lord heard his cry. His wife, Rebecca conceived.

As his wife laboured in childbirth, Thaddeus prayed. His wife’s cries cut to his heart. He really wanted this miracle. He needed it. Suddenly, there was one more voice. The cry of a baby. The cry of his baby! Thaddeus danced and shouted, “Yeshua Hamashiach! Yeshua Hamashiach!!” The Saviour had given him the biggest miracle.

“Thaddeus, you have to be strong.” He could not understand what the midwife was saying. “My dear brother, Rebecca has joined the cloud of witnesses. She has finished her race. I am sorry.” Letting out a high-pitched cry, Thaddeus fainted.

Author: Iremide Akinsola

I am a Christian. I enjoy reading, writing, listening to music and watching football.

4 thoughts on “TRAITOR EPISODE 2”

  1. A part of me was waiting for the tragic part. It would have been too smooth if everything turned out fine.

    Lovely story. Great message. More grace

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