It’s 72 A.D. and Murphy, the non-disciple, sits with his family at the funeral of his son, Micky. They are near Capernaum, where Mick was killed in a construction accident. Murphy is getting on in years. While sitting with his wife, Murphy is approached by a neighbor, Sem, a Kurdish buddhist.
Sem (respectfully):May Mick be one with the universe.
Sem (surprised): What?!
Murphy: Hogwash. Mick is with Jesus right now in heaven.
Sem: That’s right, y’all are members of The Way.
Murphy: Quite right. I actually followed Jesus and spoke with him AFTER he didn’t die at the hands of the chief priests and Romans. Mick was a kid back then.
Sem: So, you believe in heaven? Where is it and what’s it like?
Murphy: Can’t say as I really know, but Jesus said there was such a place. When a guy who works signs and wonders rises from the dead says something, you can take it to the bank.
Sem: Does the Torah or any of your holy books teach about heaven?
Murphy: Can’t say for sure. I don’t really know the Scriptures like I should. But, if Jesus says it, I believe it. In fact, that’s why I believe the Jewish laws and prophets–Jesus did and that’s good enough for me.
Sem: I see. So, it’s all a matter of faith for you.
Murphy: Yep. Jesus said, “Life will be hard, but I go to prepare a place for you, that where I go you may be also.” I saw him live. I saw him die. I saw him alive again. AND, I saw him ascend into the sky.
Murphy: You can look it up. Dr. Luke wrote it all down for his friend Theophilus who lives in Alexandria, or maybe Antioch, by a library. There’s a copy of his letters down at our gathering place on the corner of Mud and Fish streets near my other son’s pub.
Sem: You believe Mick is with Jesus now?
Murphy: Yes, I do. Mick believed in the one who has risen. He repented of his sin, was baptized in the sea by Matthew the tax collector. Mick kept Jesus’ truth in his heart and acted graciously toward others.
Sem: That’s good.
Murphy: Yep. We’re parted for now, but we’ll meet up again. You wanna come along?
Tr8: Belief in Jesus settles our doubts about the hereafter. We may not know the answers, but we know the one who does.