It’s my turn to judge the Christian Flash Weekly contest, so this entry is just for grins. But since I selected the 250-300 word limit and the Scripture prompt this week, I couldn’t resist writing an entry myself!
This Week’s Scripture Prompt:
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes,
which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.”
I John 1:1
Beginning and the End
His fingers were trembling, but not from the cold, damp cell. No – it was unadulterated fear that shook his hands, and he hated that it showed.
Suddenly there were heavy footsteps in the corridor. Joel stopped breathing. With a grinding screech, the prison door swung open and bright light sent a firestorm of pain coursing through his skull.
A burly guard stepped into the room. “Time to die, Christian scum.”
The guard tried to smile, but the grotesque attempt only made Joel shudder.
When Joel didn’t move fast enough the man lashed out with his muscular arms, jerking the prisoner to his feet and slapping him awake.
“Come on, pretty boy,” the guard fumed. “The cameras are waiting.”
As they wound through the underground tunnels of the Colosseum, Joel couldn’t help but think of how many believers had walked these very halls. And of the brutal deaths that awaited them.
Just like times of old, the Colosseum had been restored and fitted with modern conveniences. It was as if history had gone full circle. Once again, Christians had become the world’s target. The ground shook as the crowd thundered and stomped in the stands overhead, thirsty for blood.
Joel didn’t know what atrocities awaited him, but he knew that every sickening moment would be captured on film and broadcast for the world to see. And oh yes… they would watch.
The boy breathed a prayer, and a thought struck him. Christ had been present at the creation of the world. He had formed the mountains and the stars with His bare hands. And He was certainly greater than all of this…spectacle.
Joel straightened his shoulders as they led him into the arena. Soon the cameras would zoom in to capture his final statement, and he wanted to be ready.