Early the next morning, Tapper went to the tomb of the Messiah with Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Duncan following behind him. When they got to the place, they saw that there was a guard standing at the entrance of the tomb, which had been sealed off with a large circular stone.
"Michty me, laddie, what are we smurfing around here for anyway?" Duncan asked.
"I have to see for myself the tomb where the Almighty's Son has been laid, from which He will rise again on the third day," Tapper said.
"But that's ridiculous, Tapper," Brainy said. "People don't rise from the dead unless they've been smurfed back from the dead through magic."
"This isn't magic that will smurf the Lord back from the dead, Brainy," Tapper said. "This is the work of the triune God, and He will have witnesses to this resurrection that will smurf on to preach the truth to those who smurf ears to listen."
"Gosh, I wonder what it will be like to smurf back from the dead," Clumsy said.
"Why would you want to smurf back from the dead?" Grouchy asked. "I think being dead is better."
"What's with the guard smurfing at the entrance of the tomb?" Smurfette asked.
"He was smurfed there at the insistence of the high priests, Smurfette," Tapper said. "They heard what the Lord said that He would rise from the dead on the third day, and believe that the disciples would smurf away His body from the tomb and say that He had risen in order to deceive the public. This is to make sure that nobody would smurf fools out of anyone."
"But He's surely not going to smurf in the grave for long, isn't He?" Duncan said.
"No, He won't, my fellow Duncan," Tapper said. "The stone will be smurfed away from the tomb, and the Messiah will smurf out of there, fully resurrected, though smurfing the scars of His earthly death to prove that He had truly been smurfed back from the dead."
"Well, I sure hope to smurf here when that happens, or else I'm not believing a single word you're smurfing about Him," Brainy said.
"I only pray that when you do smurf Him risen from the dead, that you will not think that it's anything other than the truth, Brainy," Tapper said.
"I don't smurf any of the other disciples smurfing to the tomb at this time, Tapper," Smurfette said as she looked around the area.
"This is the time of the Sabbath, when all of God's people are commanded to rest, my dear Smurfette," Tapper said. "We will see them again when it smurfs time for the Lord to be risen from the dead."
The following morning, the six Smurfs were on their way to the tomb when they came across Mary Magdalene, who was going to the tomb with Peter and John while it was still dark. "Oh, thank the Lord that you are safe, my little friends," Mary Magdalene said.
"Why are you smurfing to the tomb so early in the morning?" Smurfette asked.
"We came to anoint the Lord with spices that I have prepared while He was resting, Smurfette," Mary Magdalene said. "We only need to roll away the stone and..."
They stopped as soon as they came close enough to the tomb to notice that the stone had already been rolled away, as if somebody had already come in the middle of the night to take away the body. They carefully looked into the tomb and noticed that there were two angels sitting at either end of where the Messiah's body was lain, where all that was left was the grave cloths and the napkin that was folded and left by the side.
"Why do you seek the living among the dead?" one of the angels asked those who were looking. "He is not here, for He has risen."
"Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you," the other angel said.
Peter and John were amazed at the news and thus went off to tell the other disciples what they have found, but Mary Magdalene stayed at the tomb crying. "Mary, why are you crying?" Tapper asked gently. "The angels have smurfed you the good news, that He has risen."
"No, it can't be true," Mary Magdalene said. "They must have taken the body of the Lord away. I have to know where it is in order to see it for myself."
"But if they were angels of God, then why would you not believe them?" Smurfette asked. "Surely they would not be lying if they were smurfing you the truth of what happened."
"If I were her, which I'm glad I'm not, I would feel the same way myself," Grouchy said.
"I would not belittle her faith if I were you, my fellow Grouchy," Tapper said. "The poor girl has already suffered enough with smurfing her Messiah dying on the cross. This is something that she's got to smurf for herself."
"If I know from what you smurfed me in your holy book, laddie, it's not going to smurf very long," Duncan said.
Then another voice spoke unto her, asking, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?"
Mary Magdalene thought it must have been the gardener, so she said, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away."
"Mary," the voice said again, and then she turned and recognized who it was, as did the Smurfs who were with her. It was the Messiah.
"Rabboni!" Mary Magdalene cried out.
"Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God'," the Messiah said.
Mary Magdalene never looked so happy in her life, as the Smurfs with her have noticed. She went on to tell the other disciples that she has seen the Lord risen and alive.
The Messiah lingered for a bit as He noticed the Smurfs now staring at Him, looking rather amazed. "Go and tell the others what you yourselves have seen, little ones," He said to them before He disappeared.
"I do not believe it!" Brainy exclaimed. "We have seen this Man die on the cross, and now He has risen from the dead?"
"Golly, He must not really have been dead after all," Clumsy said.
"Oh, He's been dead all right, Clumsy," Tapper said. "We have seen Him die a horrific death, and now He has risen from the dead, proving to us that He is truly the Messiah."
"He must truly have the spirit of the McSmurf in Him if death couldn't smurf its hold on Him, laddie," Duncan said.
"I hate death smurfing a hold on me," Grouchy said.
"Oh, what a privilege that the Lord has smurfed upon us to see Him risen, if not yet in all His glory, which will be very soon," Tapper said. "We must tell the others what we have smurfed, even if they don't believe us."
"How long is He going to smurf with the disciples now that He has risen, Tapper?" Smurfette asked.
"It will be a total of forty days, and then He will ascend into heaven to be smurfed at the Father's right hand," Tapper said. "Then in ten more days, the disciples will be smurfed with the promise of the Holy Spirit, with which they will smurf the good news unto all the nations starting in Jerusalem."
"But why doesn't He smurf Himself to the rest of the world, and not just His disciples?" Brainy asked.
"The rest of the world needs to believe for themselves through the testimony of the words from the apostles, my fellow Brainy," Tapper said. "The Almighty's Son has said blessed are those who have not smurfed and yet have believed."
"Let's smurf back to the camp and let us smurf the good news to everyone, and see if they will believe what we have smurfed for ourselves or not," Duncan said.
And so the Smurfs returned to the camp and told the others what they have witnessed from the tomb of the Messiah, that He has risen from the dead. Many of the Smurfs were rather puzzled and even skeptical that such a thing could even happen, but there were a few Smurfs that did believe the words of the six Smurfs that were at the tomb to see it happen.
"So that's what Easter is really about, Tapper...smurfing the Messiah dying on the cross and then smurfing back from the dead?" Sassette asked. "Nothing about Easter bunnies that smurf colored eggs and candies and all that fun smurf?"
"Boy, what a crummy ripoff of having to smurf here for our Easter instead of back home where we could see Smurfette in a bunny suit," Snappy said.
"That's all you ever look forward to on Easter, to see Smurfette in a bunny suit?" Nat said.
"I could certainly see where Snappy's mind has smurfed to," Slouchy said in a sly quiet voice.
"I'm sorry that this isn't the kind of Easter you were hoping to celebrate here, my fellow Smurflings," Tapper said. "But you see, this is the time that we celebrate the hope of new life from death, and in the Messiah we truly have a new life, for everybody who believes on Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
"Just like a caterpillar smurfs into a butterfly every spring," Nat said, sounding fascinated.
"No offense, Tapper, but I still prefer celebrating Easter the way that the Smurfs celebrate it, with Easter egg hunts and dressing up as bunnies," Snappy said.
"If there's even a chance that Smurfette will dress up as one just for you alone," Slouchy said with a slight chuckle.
"The other boys can believe what they want, Tapper, but if you said that you saw the Messiah being smurfed back from the dead, then I will believe you," Sassette said.
The guards who were standing at the tomb told the high priests what had happened. "I swear by God that this is the truth," they both said. "There was an earthquake that took place before dawn that morning, and an angel appeared and rolled away the stone, and that's when we fainted. When we next woke up, the body from the tomb was already gone. It must have been something supernatural that took place, because there's no other way we could explain it."
Caiaphas pondered on what to do about the now-empty tomb as he and the high priests took counsel together. "The people will believe that the Messiah has truly risen from the dead, and then our position and our nation will be taken away if we don't act to prevent this news from being spread," they all said together.
"Here's what we will do," Caiaphas said. "We will pay the guards a large sum of money to say that His disciples came at night and stole Him away while they slept. And if this comes to the governor's ears, we will persuade him and make the guards free from anxiety."
"Then the whole resurrection story will be nothing more than a myth," one of the high priests said. "We will allow this to be acted on at once."
So the high priests handed the guards a large sum of money and instructed them to say what they were told to say, and as recorded in history, this saying became commonly reported among the Jews to this day.
Meanwhile, the disciples were able to behold the miracle for themselves when the Lord presented Himself to them privately, particularly to Thomas, who was doubting the whole thing until he could see it for himself. He was amazed to see that the Lord still had the scars of His crucifixion upon His body, which was proof enough for him to confirm that the Messiah was indeed resurrected.
The six Smurfs again met with Mary Magdalene for the next forty days that the Lord was with them to tell His disciples about the kingdom. Tapper could tell that Mary was now happier than she was before when she was watching her Messiah die on the cross.
"Your friend seems to be very wise in the knowledge of the Lord, Smurfette, almost as wise as the Messiah Himself," Mary Magdalene said.
"He is very amazing when it smurfs to what he believes in, Mary," Smurfette said. "Sometimes when I think about what the Messiah smurfs like, I think of Tapper."
"He must be a prophet if he knows what's going to happen when the Messiah will finally leave us," Mary Magdalene said.
Smurfette giggled. "I don't know if I would smurf so far as to call him a prophet, Mary. But I do know that the Almighty is always with him to smurf directly to him with whatever he needs to smurf."
"You must be very blessed to have someone like Tapper to be blessed with such wisdom and knowledge of the Almighty to bring messages from Him unto your people," Mary Magdalene said.
And then came the day about ten days before the Pentecost would take place, when the Lord would be received back into heaven. Tapper and five of his fellow Smurfs were with the disciples at the Mount Of Olives when this had happened. "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift My Father promised, which you have heard Me speak about," He said to them. "For John immersed with water, but in a few days you will be immersed with the Holy Spirit."
"Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?" the disciples asked.
He said to them, "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
After He said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight. The disciples and the Smurfs were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
"Men of Galilee," they said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven."
When the disciples departed from the scene and headed back to Jerusalem, Smurfette asked Mary Magdalene, "So what are you going to smurf now that the Lord has smurfed back into heaven?"
"I might as well join the other disciples and wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit to fall upon them so that I will also be able to share the good news with my fellow Jews," Mary Magdalene said.
"You do know that you will face people who will not believe the smurfs of your testimony, my fellow sister," Tapper said.
"It doesn't matter to me whether people will believe or not, for I now know what I have witnessed, and I can't be convinced that it was anything other than the truth," Mary said. "But something tells me that we will not see each other again except in heaven."
"Aye, we will be smurfing on from here, hopefully back to our own home, lassie," Duncan said.
"I am very certain that you will be a faithful witness, even if we don't know what will happen to you when we are gone," Tapper said.
"I thank you for being here with me nonetheless, my little friends," Mary Magdalene said. "I can only pray the Lord for a safe journey home for you and the rest of your family."
It was finally the day of Pentecost, when Tapper knew that the Holy Spirit would fall upon the Lord's disciples to make them powerful witnesses unto Him before all the people in Judea and to the ends of the earth, when Papa Smurf finally found the arrangement of the crystals he was looking for. The vortex opened again, and the Smurfs stepped into it in the hopes that it would finally return them straight home.
Tapper was one of the last to go through the vortex with the other Smurfs, with Smurfette and Duncan standing by him. He looked at the city of Jerusalem one last time and smiled. "If only I was with the disciples in the upper room when the tongues of fire had smurfed upon them as a sign of their baptism in the Holy Spirit, my friends," Tapper said.
"Oh, if only I was with Mary Magdalene to go and smurf the joyous news of what we had smurfed while we were here with her," Smurfette said.
"Well, the lads and lassies will certainly make history happen, that's for sure," Duncan said. "It's time we let history smurf its course without us smurfing a part of it."
Then the three of them stepped into the vortex and left the camp outside Jerusalem, with the vortex closing up behind them.
Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, the disciples were all with one accord in the same place when suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as being borne along by a rushing violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, being distributed, and it sat upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Even Mary Magdalene spoke in tongues as she was filled with the Holy Spirit.
There were Jews dwelling in Jerusalem, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were bewildered, because everyone heard them speaking in his own dialect. And they were all amazed and marveled.
"Behold, are not all these who speak Galileans?" they said to one another "And how is it that we hear, each in our own dialect in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs; we hear them speaking in our tongues the wonderful works of God."
They were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "Whatever would this wish to be?"
Others who were mocking said, "They are full of sweet wine."
But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out from My Spirit upon all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. I will present wonders in the heavens above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'"
The Jews in Jerusalem heard Peter talk about Jesus, who was crucified in their city by lawless hands, and that He was raised up from the dead and is now declared both Lord and Christ. When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be immersed in the name of Jesus Christ to the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
Then those who gladly received his word were immersed; and that day about three thousand souls were added.
And indeed history was being made.