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Thu, December 07, 2017

Behold God and Man

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Ecce Homo

APRIL 7, AD 30 Universe administration is slowing to a standstill while all celestial intelligences fix their gaze upon Earth. Jesus of Nazareth continues to bear himself majestically. He combines the patient submission of his human nature with the compelling silence and solemn dignity of his divine nature.

Jesus is convinced that it is the will of the Father that he submit to the natural and ordinary course of human events as must any mortal. He even refrained from using his purely mortal powers of persuasion and eloquence to influence the actions of the backward minds of this planet. As this misguided handful of Jews clamored for the death of Jesus, he stood there in awe-inspiring silence, observing the dimming twilight of a nation that was once the spiritual torch-bearer of the world.

Transcending the weakness of men

Jesus could not be provoked, nor could he be intimidated. Before the Sanhedrist court Jesus declined to make replies to the testimony of perjured witnesses. There was but one question which would always elicit an answer, whether asked by friend or foe, and that was the one concerning the nature and divinity of his mission on earth. When asked if he were the Son of God, he unfailingly made reply. He steadfastly refused to speak when in the presence of the curious and wicked Herod. Jesus has developed the type of human character which could preserve its composure and yet assert its dignity under continuous and gratuitous insult. We observed in awe Jesus’ love for ignorant mortals as revealed in his patience and great self-possession in the face of coarse jeers and savage blows by the deluded servants and cruel soldiers. Jesus said little during these trials, but he said enough to show all the universe the kind of human character man can perfect in partnership with God.

The weak and fear-ridden Roman governor

Jesus felt pity for Pilate and sincerely tried to enlighten his darkened mind. He showed no interest in Pilate’s half­hearted attempts to effect his release. The cowardly governor spoke more truth than he knew when he presented the scourged Jesus to the multitude and declared: “Behold the man!”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Wed, November 22, 2017

Jesus is scourged and mocked

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus is scourged

JERUSALEM, APRIL 7, AD 30

Jesus was subjected to a brutal scourging this morning, after which he was presented to the crowd by Pilate. At least one observer also notes that the process was illegal, since scourging is allowed by Roman law only after conviction and prior to crucifixion. Pilate has not yet ruled upon the fate of Jesus.

Guards mock “king of the Jews”

Jesus was taken to an open courtyard in the praetorium for the scourging. The guards tied Jesus to the whipping post and put the purple robe around him. They plaited a crown of thorns and placed it upon the brow of Jesus. Someone placed a reed in his hand as a mock scepter, and the guards knelt before him crying: “Hail king of the Jews!” They began to strike Jesus in the face and spit upon him. Jesus was then brought before Pilate again. Jesus’ face was now bloodstained and his body bowed from suffering and grief. An audible murmur went up from the crowd when Jesus appeared, but they again began to shout “Crucify him!”

“Behold the man!”

Pilate then said: “Behold the man! Again I declare to you that I find no crime in him, and having scourged him, I would release him.” A high priest shouted: “He violated our sacred law; he declared himself to be the Son of God!” Pilate was very disturbed at this statement. He waved to the crowd for silence, and then took Jesus inside the building. As the mob continues to harass Pilate, observers note that he seems confused and fearful.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, November 09, 2017

Pilate hears charges against Jesus

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus before Pilate

JERUSALEM, APRIL 7, 30 AD

Jesus, escorted by temple guards, appeared before Pontius Pilate shortly after six this morning. Over fifty accusers were present, including the Sanhedrist court (composed mostly of Sadducee members), Judas Iscariot, and Caiaphas. Annas was not in the party. John Zebedee, a close associate and apostle was also present. Pilate asked the accusers for a recitation of charges, but a spokesman replied: “If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered him up to you.” The Jewish leaders conceded that they could not put a man to death under Roman law. Pilate then refused to sentence Jesus to death without a trial, and without a recitation of charges. At this point Pilate was handed the list of three specific charges against Jesus:

1. Perverting our nation and stirring up our people to rebellion.

2. Forbidding the people to pay tribute to Caesar.

3. Calling himself the king of the Jews and teaching the founding of a new kingdom.

Jesus remained silent. He would not answer the accusations—even when Pilate bade him to do so. Pilate regarded Jesus silently for a time. Jesus looked down at his accusers with an expression of genuine pity and sorrowful affection. Pilate then took Jesus inside the building for a private examination. He permitted John Zebedee, an apostle of Jesus, to accompany him.

Pilate questions Jesus

Reports indicate that Pilate asked Jesus many questions, but remained perplexed as to the disposition of the case. Pilate began his examination by assuring Jesus that he did not believe the sedition charge. He then asked about the second charge: “Did you ever teach that tribute should be refused Caesar?” Jesus indicated John, and said: “Ask him or any person who has heard my teaching.” Pilate then asked John about the charge, and John replied that Jesus and his apostles had paid taxes both to Caesar and the temple. Pilate nodded and told John not to reveal that he had discussed this with him.

“Are you the king of the Jews?”

Pilate then addressed the third charge: “Are you the king of the Jews, and do you have plans to set up a new kingdom?” Jesus replied:

“Do you not perceive that my kingdom is not of this world? ... I am such a king, and my kingdom is the family of the faith sons of my Father who is in heaven. For this purpose was I born into this world, even that I should show my Father to all men and bear witness to the truth of God. And even now do I declare to you that every one who loves the truth hears my voice.” Pilate said: “Truth? what is truth— who knows?” Pilate then went back to the chief priests and accusers of Jesus, and said: “I do not think he is guilty. He should be set free.” The Sanhedrin officials reacted violently. One declared: “This man stirs up the people, beginning in Galilee and continuing throughout all Judea. He is a mischief-maker and an evildoer. You will regret it if you let this wicked man go free.”

Jesus is sent to Herod for examination

Pilate then said to his guards: “This man is a Galilean. Herod is here for Passover; take him to Herod and let him examine Jesus. Report his findings to me.” Pilate was heard to say: “Jesus is a harmless visionary, an innocent fanatic.”

Jesus turned to John and said: “John, you can do no more for me. Go to my mother and bring her here to see me before I die.” John left with obvious reluctance.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, October 26, 2017

Is there a traitor among the apostles?

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Walking with Apostles

CAESAREA-PHILIPPI, AUGUST, AD 29

New reports reveal that at least one of the apostles of Jesus is disillusioned with him and wants to quit.

Some believe that Andrew became suspicious of the individual and approached Jesus about him. Jesus simply said that Andrew was right in coming to him, “but there is nothing we can do except to place the utmost confidence in him.”

One expert here believes the errant apostle may be Judas, the treasurer of the group. The unidentified observer stated: “Judas was a follower of John, and was very disappointed that Jesus did not rescue him. He was annoyed that Jesus refused to be made king, and he was not pleased that Jesus rejected pleas to give a sign of his powers to silence the Pharisees who provoke him. Also, Judas can’t be happy that the crowds don’t come around anymore, and the treasury for the group is empty much of the time now.”

Meanwhile, Jesus is reported to be on his way to Mount Hermon with his band of twelve. The reason for this journey is not clear.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, October 12, 2017

“Why do the heathen rage?” asks Jesus

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus speaking

BETHSAIDA-JULIAS, MAY, AD 29

Jesus addressed his apostles at length today in a park south of the city. The group of twenty-four is in flight from the officials of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, who seek to arrest Jesus.

Jesus quoted from the Psalms: “Why do the heathen rage and the peoples plot in vain?” Jesus went on to say that the setbacks and persecution of recent weeks validated the Psalmist’s prediction. However, he said “My kingdom is founded on love, proclaimed in mercy, and established by unselfish service.” Jesus stated that loving kindness and forgiveness would be granted his enemies.

Jesus then said: “The outlook of the heathen is small and narrow, they are able to concentrate their energies enthusiastically. Their goal is near and more or less visible; wherefore do they strive with valiant and effective execution.You who have professed entrance into the kingdom of heaven are altogether too vacillating and indefinite in your teaching conduct. The heathen strike directly for their objectives; you are guilty of too much chronic yearning. If you desire to enter the kingdom, why do you not take it by spiritual assault even as the heathen take a city they lay siege to? You are hardly worthy of the kingdom when your service consists so largely in an attitude of regretting the past, whining over the present, and vainly hoping for the future. Why do the heathen rage? Because they know not the truth. Why do you languish in futile yearning? Because you obey not the truth. Cease your useless yearning and go forth bravely doing that which concerns the establishment of the kingdom.”

His final advice was: “The measure of your own righteousness can be gauged by the extent people come to you. The more you must go to them with your message the more it indicates a failure to live the righteous life.”

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, September 28, 2017

Huge multitude fed, seek to make Jesus king

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins loaves and fishes

CAPERNAUM, MARCH 30, AD 29

Reports from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee indicate that Jesus performed the miraculous feat of feeding a massive crowd of 5,000 believers with five barley loaves and two dried fishes. When the feast was done, over twelve baskets of food-fragments were picked up from the grass. No one who saw the event could explain how it was done.

Three days of increasing crowds

Between Sunday and Wednesday the multitudes from all over Galilee filled the beautiful park south of Bethsaida-Julias. All wanted to see Jesus, and many sought to be cured of some ailment. Food ran out, and the astounding feeding took place under the direction of Jesus. The excitement of the apparent new miracle was augmented by rumors that Jesus had selected the remote park as the site where he could be named the new King of Israel by the people. Hundreds began shouting that Jesus had brought manna from heaven, even as Moses had done. A great cry went up: “Make him king!”

Jesus rejects kingship

Jesus finally stood upon a rock in the twilight and rejected the kingship offer. He stated that the crowd should worship only God in heaven as their king. Some wondered if Jesus was afraid of reaction from officials in Jerusalem or from the Roman rulers, while others sought to defend him. One apostle, Judas Iscariot, is said to believe that Jesus did not have the courage to be named King of the Jews. But no plausible explanation for Jesus’ refusal to be king was given by the other apostles. Jesus disappeared shortly after the event, some say he is in meditation in the hills to the east.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, September 14, 2017

Woman healed by touching Jesus’ garment

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The Woman Touching the Hem of His Garment by F. Goodall

Woman healed by touching Jesus’ garment

A woman named Veronica of Caesarea-Philippi claimed that she was cured of a long term scourging hemorrhage when she simply touched the hem of Jesus’ robe as he passed by. The incident drew attention when Jesus paused and stated: “I perceive that living energy has gone forth from me.” Veronica admitted touching his robe, and Jesus declared it was her faith, not the touch, that cured her.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, August 31, 2017

Peter claims Jesus calmed storm

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus Asleep in Boat by Jules Joseph Meynier

GALILEE, AD 29

The apostles claimed today that Jesus commanded Sunday’s storm on the Sea of Galilee to cease, and the sea immediately became calm. “It was an intense storm,” Peter stated. “We lost our sail. Water was coming over the side. I woke Jesus, who was sleeping in the stern, and asked him to help us. I feared we would all be drowned. Jesus said ‘Peace, be still,’ and the winds died down and the sea became calm. It’s true!” The other apostles verified this miracle, but Jesus denied it. He said it was pure coincidence. Jesus said he was speaking to the souls and minds of his apostles when he said: “Peace, be still.” But Peter is unconvinced. “I tell you, even the winds and waves obey the Master,” he said.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, August 17, 2017

Jesus now teaches with parables

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins the sower by ambrose dudley

BETHSAIDA, AD 29

Jesus of Nazareth has taken a new approach to teaching the masses. He now teaches by parable, using short stories to illustrate his points. He began doing this several Sundays ago when over a thousand people assembled near Jesus, who was sitting in a boat anchored near the shore. Jesus decided he would tell a story, and then narrated the “Parable of the Sower.”

The next day, Jesus gave the crowd several additional parables, including a new sowing parable and several about the “kingdom of heaven.” Because this new method stimulated so much discussion, Jesus held a session with his apostles about parables, what they are and how to use them. He also cautioned them about the danger of over- interpretation.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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Thu, August 03, 2017

Hometown is cool toward Jesus

By By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Jesus in danger

NAZARETH, MARCH, AD 29

There is an obvious lack of enthusiasm over the impending visit of Jesus to his hometown of Nazareth. Public opinion is divided, but many residents resent his failure to visit Nazareth sooner. One zealot said: “If Jesus expects a warm homecoming, he can think again. His own family is not supportive. Who is he anyway, that he has grown so great? He has not performed any miracles here.” Rumors that thugs have been hired to harass Jesus were denied by groups known to be hostile towards him. One conservative rabbi declared that Jesus “walks too fast” on the Sabbath. Jesus is scheduled to speak at the Nazareth synagogue on Sabbath morning.

Jesus had a close call when aggressive antagonists sought to hurl him off a cliff

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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