Chapter 18

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 19

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 20

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 21

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 22

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 23

"Peter, you take the rest of the guys in the boat, I’m going up the hill and spend some time alone, I’ll catch up with you later.” We had just finished passing out leftover fish and bread and the sun was setting when Jesus let me know that we could head across the lake without…

Chapter 24

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 25

And so it went. For the rest of the trip Jesus told us stories and taught us about the Kingdom. Every once in a while someone would recognize him, word would spread and soon we’d be surrounded by a crowd. A clamouring clutching crowd, more times than not they weren’t there to hear what Jesus…

Chapter 26

I was beginning to get a little restless in Nazareth; It seemed like a nice community and everyone was friendly, but it was clear that we were the outsiders.   But more than that, I missed home and Esther, and it seemed strange not to see the water every morning when I got up. I didn’t…

Chapter 27

“Seriously?  What were you thinking?” After leaving the synagogue we made our way back to Mary’s house, a table had been set up outside to accommodate everyone and lunch was about to begin when Jesus’ brothers and sister arrived.  And they didn’t seem happy. “You just show up and had to stir the pot, didn’t…