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A NEWS MAKER
Let n« inoV’^t'Jesus’ twenty-four
hour schedule; see how it bristles
with front-page news.
The activity begins at sunrise.
Jesus was an early riser. We dis
cover a little boat pushing out from
the shore of the lake. It deposits
Jesus and his disciples in Caperna
um, his favorite rity. He proceeds
at once to the house of a friend. The
report spreads instantly that he is
in town, and a crowd collects outside
the gate—a poor palsied chap among
them. The day’s work is at hand.
Having slept soundly in the open
air he meets the call with quiet
nerves. He stoops down toward the
“Be of good cheer, my son,” he
cries, “your sins are all forgiven/’
Sins forgiven! Indeed! The res
pectable members of the audience
draw back with sharp disapproval.
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! "What a blasphemous phrase,” they |
exclaim. “Who authorized him to
; exercise the functions of God! What
right has he to decide whose sins
shall be forgiven?”
I Jesus sensed rather than heard
! their protests. He never courted
j controversy but he never dodged it;
| much of his fame arose out of the
reports of his verbal victories,
i “What’s the objection?” he ex
: claimed, turning on the dissenters.
I “Why do you stand there*and criti
| cize! Is it easier to say ,‘Thy sins
! be forgiven thee,’ or to say, ‘Arise,
'take up thy bed and walk?’ The
j results are the same.” Bending ov
! er the sick man again he said:
i “Arise, take up thy bed and go unto
i thine house.”
I The man stirred and was amazed
| to find that his muscles responded.
I Slowly, doubtingly he struggled to
) his feet, and with one great shout
1 of happiness started off, surrounded
by his jubilant friends. The critics
had received their answer, but they
! refused to give up. For an hour or
more they persisted in angry argu
ment, until the meeting ended in a
. Can you imagine that day’s issue
, of the Capernaum News, if there had
Palsied Man Healed . . . Jesus of
Nazareth Claims Right to Forgive
Sins . . . Prominent Scribes Object
. . . “Blasphemous,” says Leading
Citizens . . . “But Anyway I Can
Walk,” healed Man Retorts.
Front page story number one.
One of those who had been at
tracted by the excitement was a
tax-collector named Matthew. Being
| a man of business he could not stay
; through the argument, but slipped
I away eafly and was hard at work
' when Jesus passed by a few minutes
j before noon.
| That was all. No argument; no
j offer of inducements; no promise of
i rewards. Merely “I want you;” and
the prosperous tax-collector closed
his office, made a feast for the bril
liant young teacher and forthwith
announced himself a disciple.
Prominent Tax Collector Joins
Nazareth Forces . . . Matthew
Abandons Business to Promote New
Cult . • . Gives Large Luncheon.
HOLDING PAGE ONE
Matthew’s luncheon for Jesus fur
; nished the third "news” sensation.
I It was not at all the kind of affair
| which a religious teacher would be
! expected to approve. Decidedly it
I was good-natured and noisy.
No theological test was applied in
! limiting the invitation. No one
stood at the entrance to demand
| "What is your belief regarding the
birth of Jesus?” Or, "Have you or j
have you not been baptized?” The
doors were flung wide, and along
with the disciples and the respecta
ble folks, a swarm of publicans and
sinners trooped in.
“Outrageous,” grumbled the wor
thy folk. “Surely if this teacher
had any moral standards he never
would eat with such rabble.”
They were shocked; but he was
not. That he had condemned him
self according to their formula wor
ried him not a •whit. His liking for j
folks over-ran all social boundaries;
he just could not seem to remember i
that some people are nice people; j
proper people, and some are not.
“Come, come,” he exclaimed to
the Pharisees, “won’t you ever get
over nagging me because I eat with
these outsiders? Who needs the doc
tor most—they that are well or they
that are sick?
“And here’s another thing to
think about,” he added. “You lay j
so much stress on forms and creeds
and occasions—do you suppose God
cares about all that? What do you 1
think he meant when he said: ”1
I will have mercy and not sacrifice?’,
Take that home and puzzle over it.” .
“Defends publicans and sinners . . \
Jesus of Nazareth Welcomes Them at
Lunch . . . Rebukes Prominent Phar
isees . . . “Creeds Unimportant,” He
says. “God Wants Mercy Not Sacri
A fourth story for page one. You
may be sure it was carried into
hundreds of homes during the next
few weeks, and formed the basis for
many a long evening’s discussion.
As the meal drew to its close there
came a dramatic interruption—a
ruler of the city made his way slow
ly to the head of the table and stood
silent, bowed by the terrible weight
of his grief. That morning he had
sat at his daughter’s bedside, clasp
ing her frail white hand in his,
watching the flutter of the pulse,
trying by the force of his longing to
hold that little life back from the
precipice. And at last the doctors
had told him that it was useless any
more to hope. So he had come, this
ruler, to the strange young man
whose deeds of healing were the
sensation of the day.
C. W. STEELE
E. M«l» Bt Hi DkUrS. C«
SATURDAY, MAY 6
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SAMPLE CONES OF ICE CREAM
B. V. D. Summer Underwear
Only _ 19c
Men’s Bear Brand Hose, Three
10 yards unbleached Sheeting
(Last chance) ___....... 35£
Men’s /Full Cut Work Shirts,
only_ _25c and 39c
Men’s Dress Shirts, 25c and 39c
Men’s summer pants, 69 and 95c
Men’s Silk Socks, pair, only 10c
Men’s Dress Hats, 69c and $1.25
Straw Hats for the whole fam
ily _... ...10c, 15c and 25c
Men’s Panama Hats, only ...69c
Voilles and Organdies, yard 7c
Men’s Dress Oxfords_$1.19
Closing out all blankets. Cotton
double-blanket, 98c; Wool
Unfinished pique, 36 inches
wide, only, yard___...5c
Unfinished Rayon, yard_25c
Cannon Towels, each__ _5c
Tomato, Onion and Cabbage
Toilet Soap, 2 cakes for._ 5c
Laundry Soap, White Naptha,
10 cakes for......_ .15c
Pure Coffee, fresh, 2 lbs._25c
Rice, whole grain, 8 1-3 lbs. 25c
Bananas, pound —_ - 5c
Oranges, dozen „_ 10c
Tomatoes, Spring Onions, let
tuce, celery, strawberries and
carrots—all fresh -
Do not miss our fresh fish. One
pound, only___ 5c
Fat Back, pound_—-6c
Large, flowered lamp chimney
only - -_10c
Complete line of aluminum
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