Paul coughed and said in loud voice, "My brothers and sisters, I wish to introduce you to our newest brother in the LORD--Joseph has just accepted the Messiah."
Another general chorus of praises went up. Then Peter said to Joseph, "Of course, you'll want to follow our Lord in baptism as a sort of seal of your decision."
Joseph hesitated. "Well, let me talk to my mother first."
"That's a good idea," agreed Barnabas.
"Indeed!" echoed Paul. "Perhaps we may soon have yet another person to baptize as well."
He had a lump in his throat on the way home. How could he tell his mother what had happened? Would she accept it? He didn't know but he had to take a chance.
"Mother just let me tell you what happened at the meeting tonight!"
"Oh, son, I don't want to hear anything about that Jesus group."
"But, mother, I’m one of them now."
"What do you mean, son?"
“I prayed tonight to accept Jesus--I’m one of his followers now."
"But how could you? I told you, you could go, so you could learn about them, but I never expected you'd become one of them. You're a Jew, and a rabbinical student, for God's sake."
"Mama, being a follower of Jesus doesn't make one any less a Jew. I can still be a rabbi--just like Rabbi Gamaliel."
"Rabbi Gamaliel is not actually one of them. I think you've made a big mistake son, and I don't want to hear anything more about it."
"But Momma, you should have heard Peter talk about his escape. It was a real miracle. Peter was put in jail by Herod Agrippa and the LORD helped him to escape. It was a miracle."
"How do you know they didn't make it all up? I’ll believe it when I see it. A miracle? Speaking of Herod, why doesn’t God do a miracle and get rid of that fox, who pretends to be our friend while all the while serving his own interests and taxing us to death?"
“I don't know, Momma. I don't know, but perhaps He will."
"Well, if he does, then, perhaps, I’ll believe."
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