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Thu, April 26, 2018

117 slaves are freed

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Christ by Alton S. Tobey

ROME, AD 23

Friends of the wealthy slave owner, Claudius, were unable to explain his sudden release of one hundred and seventeen prime slaves yesterday. One, who declined to be identified, said: “It was totally unlike Claudius. He told me that he had dinner with a Jewish scribe from Damascus who convinced him that all men—even slaves—were sons of God. The scribe even included women as equal partners. Then Claudius released his slaves. I cannot understand such an impractical action on his part.”

The identity of the scribe is not known, but some people believe he is the same scribe who has made an impact on the religious community here. A concentrated effort is being made to locate the scribe for an interview.

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

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Thu, March 29, 2018

Lost youth returns home

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Dreams by Wassilij Dimitriewitsch Polenow

“We had given up on him,” said the mother of Fortune, a young man who returned from his self-imposed banishment in the nearby mountains. “He was so depressed. He spent all of his time up there in the mountains. Nothing could snap him out of his depression until now. He is a new person.” In an exclusive interview, Fortune attributed his transformation to meeting an “astounding man” in the mountains. “He came up to me and asked me for directions,” Fortune explained. “After I helped him, he began to speak to me as no one has ever spoken before. And his eyes looked upon me with such love and respect as I have never known. I will never forget his eyes.”

When pressed for details, Fortune explained the philosophy of the stranger. “There is an inner spirit within each person, that, when released from the bonds of human fear, will inspire one to higher service,” Fortune said. “This spirit calms the mind and helps it achieve self-control. The released power of God also supplies the energy necessary to do great things. But one must go to where these great things need to be done; we must not hide from life. There is a better way, a way of self-forgetfulness and assertive, loving service to humankind. This philosophy freed me from the prison of self-pity,” stated Fortune. The stranger could not be located, but some attributed the philosophy of loving service to a visiting Jewish scribe who has spoken to many citizens here. The scribe has apparently left Crete.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, March 15, 2018

Is material reality only a shadow?

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Plato by Raphael

ALEXANDRIA, AD 22

“Life is but a shadowy reflection of reality,” claims Zorra, a university professor here. Zorra explained the philosophy of Plato yesterday evening to a group of students and visitors. He used a vivid allegory depicting prisoners chained together in a cave, while a fire behind them throws shadows upon the wall in front of them. They cannot turn their heads, and all they can see are the shadows. Meanwhile, a parade of people go by behind them, their shadows cast upon the cave wall. The reality of the parade is not known to the prisoners, all they can view are the shadowy reflections thrown upon the wall. “This is like the human condition. What we believe to be reality is only a shadow of ultimate reality,” said Zorra.

The talk was translated by a visiting Jewish scribe and scholar. Although he offered no ideas during Zorra’s talk, a reporter asked the scribe what his opinion was of the theory. Replied the Jew: “Single-eyed material scientists or single-eyed spiritual mystics and allegorists cannot correctly visualize and adequately comprehend the true depths of universe reality. All true values of creature experience are concealed in depth of recognition. The eye of the material mind perceives a world of factual knowledge; the eye of the spiritualized intellect discerns a world of true values. These two views, synchronized and harmonized, reveal the world of reality, wherein wisdom interprets the phenomena of the universe in terms of progressive personal experience.” When asked about this comment, Zorra requested a copy of the Jew’s statement to study. The mysterious Jewish interpreter has left Alexandria for Crete.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, February 01, 2018

Passover in Jerusalem attracts record crowds

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins Boy Jesus carries a sacrificial lamb

JERUSALEM, APRIL 8, AD 7

Crowds of visitors from all parts of the Roman Empire have thronged to Jerusalem for the annual feast of the Passover. This afternoon, arriving pilgrims scrambled to make accommodations for their stay in Jerusalem. Several visitors were interviewed. One family from Nazareth brought their nearly 13-year-old son to see the great city and temple for the first time since his infancy. His name is Jesus ben Joseph, and he gave some unexpected answers when we asked his impressions. Although the lad seemed appropriately impressed by the temple, he seemed confused about the tradition of sacrificing animals to “appease” the “Father in Heaven” as he refers to God. Before he could comment further, his parents whisked him away.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, January 18, 2018

Local youth escapes injury

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins The Holy Family

NAZARETH, JULY, AD 1

An unseasonable sandstorm is blamed for a near-serious accident at the local home of Joseph the carpenter. Jesus ben Joseph, who is nearly seven years old, was playing atop the house when he was reportedly blinded by the sudden cloud of sand. In an effort to escape the storm he tumbled down the stairway from the roof. Gratified parents reported that he was not injured, but the father vowed to build a balustrade on either side of the stairway to prevent any future accidents.

(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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Thu, December 21, 2017

Mesopotamians seek baby

By Larry Mullins and Joan Batson Mullins 3 Wise Men

JERUSALEM, 7 BC

Several Chaldean priests are reportedly on a strange mission in Jerusalem. Their leader, Ardnon, declared yesterday that they were looking for “the light of life,” a child who is to be born here among the Jews. One of the priests referred to a teacher in Ur who disclosed a vivid dream he had about this prophesy. Some speculate that the rumored birth could be that of the “Messiah,” the legendary deliverer of Israel. The priests left for Bethlehem today, possibly on the advice of a high official at the temple here. A spokesman for King Herod cautioned that speculation about a new king was not in the interests of Israel.

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

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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.
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.)

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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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