Chapter 22

The night before Jesus had told us we needed to get ready for a trip.   He said that we’d be gone for a week or more.  The destination?  Nazareth.  Jesus was taking us to the little town he had grown up in.  And we’d get a chance to meet his family. Esther wasn’t all that…

Chapter 21

How did people figure out where we would be? One minute it was just the 13 of us and then out of nowhere people started streaming into the field. There were scores of people; it felt like a festival. Some were sitting down while others were pressing in trying to see Jesus and others demanded…

Chapter 20

We had just gotten settled and Jesus said, “Have you heard what happened to John?” Judas spoke up. “Only that Herod had him thrown in prison, why?” “That’s why I wanted to talk to you away from the crowds. John is dead.” I couldn’t believe it and blurted out “Dead? John’s dead? No, that can’t…

Chapter 19

Where were the people coming from?  It was another one of those days; it started off when the twelve of us got back from our trips.  We were clamouring to tell Jesus all about what happened, and people were gathering around him as they always seemed to be doing, so he said.  “Simon, let’s get…

Chapter 18

The group following Jesus seemed to grow every day, some he called, and others just seemed to join the party.  And as exciting as the growth was, it was starting to get a little unmanageable. Everywhere we went it was like a parade, with people following Jesus, pushing and pulling to get closer.  There were…

Chapter 17

We had just entered the synagogue for Sabbath worship when Jesus saw him.  I hadn’t even noticed him, but that was probably what he was hoping for, that nobody would notice him. He was standing off to one side, head down and his left hand hidden beneath his robe.  His appearance and attitude told people…

Chapter 16

The next day the new guy invited all of us to his place for lunch.  My first reaction was to refuse, but who can turn down a free lunch?  And besides, last night, when I told Esther what had happened, she insisted that I give Matthew a chance.  Not that I do everything thing Esther…

Chapter 15

Our group was growing, there were always people coming and going but there was a core of us who always seemed to be there; myself and Andrew, John and James, Nathaniel and Philip and the Zealot.  That changed one afternoon as we were returning from the shores of Galilee where Jesus had been teaching.  As…

Chapter 14

And life went on. We didn‘t spend every day with Jesus, but we were spending more and more time with him. There were still nights I spent fishing with Andrew, but for the most part Eli carried the load there. A few days after Marion’s healing Jesus showed up our home. Several of the guys…

Chapter 13

And that was how we spent the rest of the day. Jesus sitting on the bench out front, my bench, the one I could see the water from, and what seemed like a never-ending line of sick people. There were headaches and rashes, fevers and coughs. And it was always the same but different. Jesus…