AS BARABBAS AND HIS men ran further into the forest, they saw something large and gray protruding from behind a clump of trees.
“Say, what’s that over there?”
“Let’s go take a look.”
Coming upon it, they found it to be a cave caved out of a rock. “We can hide out here till everything blows over.”
Having brought very little in the way of rations to the insurrection, they were left to subside on roots, nuts and berries. Having settled into what was to be their new temporary home, they began to review their failed mission.
“What could have gone wrong? We had it planned so perfectly.”
“We failed to gain the support of enough of the people.”
“I took care of two of the praetorium guards.”
“And I took care of another two.”
“And I killed one,” added Barabbas with a sigh.
“The trouble was the people.”
“Exactly! We should have had a more extensive whispering campaign before we began.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean several of us should have spread the word further, throughout the crowd.”
“But they might not have all been sympathetic. Some could have warned Pilate and then it would have been even worse.”
Another man cleared his throat. “Alright, men. It’s no use thinking about what we could have done. The question is what are we going to do now?”
“Yeah, Barabbas. You’re the leader. What do we do now?”
“The only thing we can do. Wait. We can’t risk going out. Someone is sure to recognize us and then we’d be caught.”
The ground of the cave was hard and the thoughts of the men were anxious, so it was hard to sleep, but eventually they all dozed off. They would soon get used to their new living quarters.
MEANWHILE DEBORAH AND the children were sick with worry over what may have happened to Barabbas.
“Mommy, Mommy! When’s Daddy comin’ home?”
“Soon, I hope.”
“But what’s wrong? Why doesn’t Daddy come home?”
“I don’t know, dear! But let’s pray and ask the good LORD to bring him home, shall we?"
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