There is a beautiful story about a woman named Rosemary who works in the Alzheimer’s Unit of a nursing home.
Rosemary and a colleague named Arlene brought the residents of the home together one Good Friday afternoon to view Franco Zeffirelli’s acclaimed movie production Jesus of Nazareth. They wondered whether these elderly Alzheimer’s patients would even know what was going on, but they thought it might be worth the effort.
When they finally succeeded in getting everyone into position, they started the video. Rosemary was pleasantly surprised at the quiet attention being paid to the screen.
At last came the scene where Mary Magdalene comes upon the empty tomb and sees Jesus’ body not there. An unknown man, in reality the risen Christ, asks Mary why she is looking for the living among the dead.
Mary runs as fast as she can back to the disciples and tells Peter and the rest with breathless excitement, “He’s alive! I saw Him, I tell you! He’s alive.” The doubt in their eyes causes Mary to pull back. “You don’t believe me….You don’t believe me!”
From somewhere in the crowd of Alzheimer’s patients came the clear, resolute voice of Esther, one of the patients. “WE BELIEVE YOU,” she said, “WE BELIEVE YOU!”
Well, Esther, we believe it too. The evidence is overwhelming, and life makes no sense without it. Jesus Christ rose from the dead.
Thanks to Rosemary Kadrmas, Jeff Cavins and King Duncan for sharing. Thanks to Aaron Burden for the picture
What in YOUR life makes sense because Jesus rose from the dead for YOU?
THE FIRST EASTER TAUGHT US THAT LIFE NEVER ENDS AND LOVE NEVER DIES!!
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