NAIN, AD 28
A flurry of excitement has been generated here by the most sensational miracle yet from Jesus of Nazareth. When Jesus arrived in the city yesterday, he came across the funeral procession of a young boy. The dead lad was the only son of a widow, who asked not to be identified. It was reported that the unfortunate woman pleaded with Jesus to return her son to life. Jesus is said to have raised the covering of the bier and after a moment declared:
“Weep not. Your son is not dead; he sleeps,” and then taking the hand of the lad said: “Awake and arise.” Upon the words of Jesus, the boy stirred, sat up and began to speak.
A tumultuous excitement has gripped the city. Jesus insists that the boy was really in a deep sleep, and only appeared to be dead. He says he intervened to avoid a tragic error. Skeptics, for once, agree and insist that this was certainly the case. They point out that a general hysteria is causing many who imagine themselves ill to also imagine themselves cured. But the vast majority of onlookers are convinced that Jesus has miraculous powers. Jesus apparently left during the excitement he stirred up. His whereabouts are not known.
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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