The Empty Egg

 

Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12 he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises.  At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain.

Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.As she pondered the situation, guilt washed over her. Here I am complaining when my problems are nothing compared to his, she thought. Lord, please help me to be more patient with Jeremy. From that day on, she tried hard to ignore Jeremy’s noises and his blank stares.

Then one day, he limped to her desk, dragging his bad leg behind him. “I love you, Miss Miller,” he exclaimed, loud enough for the whole class to hear. The other students snickered, and Doris’ face turned red. She stammered … “Wh-why that’s very nice, Jeremy…. N-now please take your seat.

“Spring came, and the children talked excitedly about the coming of Easter. Doris told them the story of Jesus, and then to emphasize the idea of new life springing forth, she gave each of the children a large plastic egg.

“Now,”  she said to them, “I want you to take this home and bring it back tomorrow with something inside that shows new life. Do you understand?”   

“Yes, Miss Miller,” the children responded enthusiastically … all except for Jeremy. He listened intently; his eyes never left her face. He did not even make his usual noises. Had he understood what she had said about Jesus’ death and resurrection? Did he understand the assignment? Perhaps she should call his parents and explain the project to them.

That evening, Doris’ kitchen sink stopped up. She called the landlord and waited an hour for him to come by and unclog it. After that, she still had to shop for groceries, iron a blouse, and prepare a vocabulary test for the next day. She completely forgot about phoning Jeremy’s parents.

The next morning, 19 children came to school, laughing and talking as they placed their eggs in the large wicker basket on Miss Miller’s desk.

 

After they completed their math lesson, it was time to open the eggs. In the first egg, Doris found a flower. “Oh yes, a flower is certainly a sign of new life,” she said. “When plants peek through the ground, we know that spring is here.”A small girl in the first row waved her arm. “That’s my egg, Miss Miller,” she called out.

The next egg contained a plastic butterfly which looked very real. Doris held it up. “We all know that a caterpillar changes and grows into a beautiful butterfly. Yes, that’s new life, too.”

Little Judy smiled proudly and said, “Miss Miller, that one is mine.”

Next, Doris found a rock with moss on it.

“Miss Miller, that one is mine.”She explained that moss, too, showed life. Billy spoke up from the back of the classroom “My daddy helped me,” he beamed.

Then Doris opened the fourth egg. She gasped. The egg was empty.

Surely it must be Jeremy’s she thought, and of course, he did not understand her instructions. If only she had not forgotten to phone his parents.

Because she did not want to embarrass him, she quietly set the egg aside and reached for another.

Suddenly, Jeremy spoke up.
“Miss Miller, aren’t you going to talk about my egg?”

Flustered, Doris replied, “But Jeremy, your egg is empty.”

He looked into her eyes and said softly …

“Yes, but Jesus’ tomb was empty, too.”

Time stopped.

When she could speak again, Doris asked him,
“Do you know why the tomb was empty?”

“Oh, yes,” Jeremy said, “Jesus was killed and put in there.
Then His Father raised Him up.”

The recess bell rang.
While the children excitedly ran out to the school yard …
Doris cried…The cold inside her melted completely away.
Three months later, Jeremy died and went to be with his much Loved Jesus.
Those who paid their respects at the mortuary were surprised to see
18 eggs on top of his casket … all of them empty.

  Music – We are the Reason

 
 

 

About Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus

Hi I’m a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my name is Anne. I live in Queensland Australia, I’m very much a People person believing we are all people of worth and unique, so I have much Joy in sharing with people personally and over the Internet. My main focus in life is my wonderful Friendship with Jesus Christ, without Him everything else would be meaningless, I have deep heartfelt thanks and appreciation that I'm a Spiritual Child of The King of Kings and I seek to share with others how truly wonderful that is with the hope they too will realize the same and be set free.
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28 Responses to The Empty Egg

  1. Debbie M. says:

    This beautiful story is the perfect application of childlike faith that Jesus referred to. Mark 10:15-16 – “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” (I had heard this before, but thanks for bringing it to my attention again!)

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    • Thank you for taking the time Debbie to read this heartwarming Story again and yes it is very True what you shared and Jesus also said let the Children to come to me for such is the Kingdom of God. How very important it is to share with Children that they are Loved by Jesus and their Abba Father in Heaven, it’s such a wonderful reality.

      Christian Love Always – Annie.

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      • Debbie M. says:

        I remember that you have shared about your “work” (“play”!) with children in previous blogs. Thank you for your heart for Jesus and for children, dear Grannie Annie!

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        • Thank you Debbie for your Loving encouragement, the Children that have blessed me are a Gift from God that I give Heartfelt Thanks for but it does grieve me to see those who are hurting as I did when I was young. Debbie I would so value your Prayers for them and for me too in my outreach to Them and in them knowing that they are Loved greatly by our Lord, He knows all their Names.

          Christian Love to you dear Debbie Always -Anne

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          • Debbie M. says:

            Just prayed for you and those precious children. Our conversation reminds me of Psalm 27:10, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.” We have a perfect Father in heaven who is steadfast in our lives!

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  2. Such a touching story! Diane

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  4. Amazing teaching Praise be to God!
    Anthony.

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    • Thank you Anthony but I did not doubt that you would see the significance in what our heart focus is compared to the worlds, this is the same with the Christmas symbols regardless of how Pagans view them, it is what is in our heart that is important.

      Jesus is the reason for the season both Christmas and Easter, we needed both they show God’s amazing Love.

      I will visit you both again tomorrow, it’s late in Aussie Land and I still have a few more things left to do.

      Christian Love dear Brother Anthony – Anne

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  6. Jeremy’s story and that of his teacher’s captures the deepest emotions of our hearts. A mixture of joy and sadness which are both part of the struggles we make in this life. The ending of the story had me lost for words. Truly an inspiration my friend. God bless .

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Our dear friend Island Traveler, YOU are the reason Jesus suffered and died and He did so you could be with Him eternally …Oh how He Loves you and me.

      God bless you as you bless the many that God has brought to your Blog Island Traveler , your words of Love and understanding will bring His Light into their dark lives as they seek to find what you have found and share… Jesus’ Hope Eternal …freely you have received freely give.

      Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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  7. Planting Potatoes says:

    Happy Resurrection Day Anne…thanks for sharing such a meaningful story! I am blessed by your words today! I am so thankful God led me to your blog!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi P.P thank you for your kind words, I’m also pleased you were led to our Blog and look forward to sharing with you again. Easter is a time of rememberance, a time of thankfulness, a time of Joy…

      Many Easter Blessings P.P to you and your Loved ones.

      Christaian Love from us both – Ron and Anne

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  8. isaiah43123 says:

    Thanks Anne for a wonderful story! We are never beyond learning, even from children. Keep the Faith!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Thank you Karin for your appreciation of this story and for taking the time to read it, it is special I agree, I read the one you posted too, some people are very gifted in their writing of modern parables, I will be over to comment, I have been out most of the day, I did see it yesterday but had hacker problems again, I’m just so fed up. Thanks for your concern you are indeed part of the Royal family which is symbolised by the colour purple.

      Christian Love Anne

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  9. Ron says:

    Anne loved the story of the empty egg,totally sums up the meaning of Easter , love the video We are the REASON . WE ARE WHY HE CAME.

    Blessings
    Ron

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Hi Love, yes I love the story also and you too, Jesus did indeed come to set us free we are the reason He suffered and died, are we willing to suffer to show our Love for others or do we want the easy street, we are called to follow Jesus and the road is rocky .. do we Love Him and others enough.

      Christian Love Anne

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  10. Thank you Anne.
    The EMPTY tomb equals a FULL life – a life of love, peace, joy, power and victory for all those who believe – an abundant life here on earth and an eternity with our Lord. Because He lives, we shall live also.

    What an amazing God!

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Yes very True Angela The EMPTY tomb equals a FULL life and when our evil flesh natures have been put to death as the Scriptures tell us we all have to do and we are Born again of God’s seed, we will walk in Victory over sin, and experience all The Fruit of The Spirit and walk as Jesus walked, good and evil cannot co – exist they are not in Unity, we can’t just take off the flesh, it has to be put to death.

      Christian Love Anne

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  11. Velta Maes says:

    He is risen! He is risen, indeed. Happy Resurrection Day to everyone.

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  12. fgassette says:

    BEAUTIFUL POST! The message as was stated too profound for words. Wishing you a Happy Ressurection Day!

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  13. Naphtali says:

    Too profound for words.

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    • Freedomborn says:

      Yes indeed Cathy and as our focus and hearts are at this time on our King of Kings who was the greatest gift ever given and not on wordly things, we in Unity give thanks.

      Christian Love Anne

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