NAIN, FEBRUARY, AD 26
The modest band of Jesus of Nazareth has grown to six with the addition of Philip of Bethsaida and an associate known as Nathaniel. Both men were on their way to visit with John the Baptist, when they encountered Jesus near Nain. When asked how Jesus won them to his cause, Philip explained that he asked Jesus whether he should continue on to see John or join with him. Jesus replied, “Follow me.” Philip went on: “That is all he said, ‘Follow me’. When I urged Nathaniel to join us, at first he was reluctant.
“He had a change of heart when he met with Jesus. The Master studied the face of Nathaniel and said: ‘Behold a genuine Israelite, in whom there is no deceit. Follow me.’” Phillip added: “Jesus is the most remarkable of men; I believe him to be the Messiah.”
Observers commented that Jesus will need more educated and accomplished men to achieve his ends. A noted political expert declared: “These are ordinary fishermen and workers. It would not be fair to characterize them as ignorant, since all have graduated from our synagogue schools. Yet, there is not a certified teacher in the entire group, including Jesus. What kind of kingdom is he expecting to build with such material?”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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