#12 Risen From the Dead

On Sunday, the first day of the week, the women returned to the tomb carrying spices. There was Mary Magdalene, Mary mother of James, her daughter Salome and Joanna. They find the tomb empty and bump into an angel, they are distressed but the angel says that Jesus rose from the dead and is goingContinue reading “#12 Risen From the Dead”

#11 Condemned to Death

Jesus is condemned to death and Pilate has the charge written and fastened to the cross: it read ‘Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews’. Women could move silently, heads covered, without fear of arrest because they were not recognized as entities before the law. They stood at the foot of the cross. MaryContinue reading “#11 Condemned to Death”

#10 The Final Journey

It is now only a matter of time, and Jesus prepares his disciples who understand absolutely nothing. The last supper is celebrated with the twelve apostles in the upper room. Jesus says one of them will betray him, and they have no idea which one. John ‘the disciple who Jesus loved’ asks him, Who? AndContinue reading “#10 The Final Journey”

#9 Jesus’ popularity in Galilee

Jesus stays away from Judea, having an enormous following among the descendants of the tribes whose regions were Galilee, but also the north and south of Israel, the coast and west of the River Jordan. So many people followed Jesus in Galilee by this time that even the surrounding farms would not have enough foodContinue reading “#9 Jesus’ popularity in Galilee”

#8 Festivals in Jerusalem

Jesus’ habit was to go to Jerusalem for festivals and to visit the Temple; his family had always done this, however, as his mission expanded, going to Jerusalem became increasingly dangerous. Mary always supported Jesus, knowing many things she stored up in the secret of her heart. At the wedding feast in Cana in GalileeContinue reading “#8 Festivals in Jerusalem”

#7 A prophet without honour in his home town

Jesus’ brothers and sisters would surely have reminded him that since he was Mary’s actual son, when Joseph her husband died, he had a duty to take his mother into his own house and assume his responsibility as a son. Jesus then took his disciples from the shores of the Sea of Galilee and wentContinue reading “#7 A prophet without honour in his home town”

#6 Jesus gets a following

In Galilee crowds had started to follow Jesus everywhere. He had followers from as far away as Idumea in the south, Tyre and Sidon in the north and regions across the Jordan to the east. Jesus even had to start employing a small boat to preach to people lining the shore of the lake soContinue reading “#6 Jesus gets a following”

#5 Jesus starts his ministry

By the time Jesus was thirty most of his older brothers and sisters had got married and left home. The wedding of one of his sisters was at Cana in Galilee. Jesus then felt the call to start his mission. One Sabbath Saturday he went down to the local synagogue as he always did andContinue reading “#5 Jesus starts his ministry”

#4 Nazareth

Mary thought she’d have a quiet life When they return to Israel, Joseph after having another dream decides it is too risky to live in Jerusalem (where they had been living originally) and he takes the family up to Galilee. They settle in Nazareth where Joseph starts up a carpentry business. Mary thinks she’ll adaptContinue reading “#4 Nazareth”