Tag: Jesus

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 15

Mary from Magdala at the Tomb After the crucifixion Peter, John, James and the other disciples had gathered in a house not far from Joseph’s garden, where they sat like men bereft of their senses, stunned and silent. The execution of Jesus had come upon them like a thunderbolt out of a blue sky; of …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 14

‘You say that,’ said Jesus. ‘Did he speak to you in this insolent way?’ Pilate asked Caiaphas. ‘Constantly, sir.’ Pilate told the guards to set Jesus on his feet. ‘I’ll ask you again,’ he said, ‘and I expect some politeness this time. Do you claim to be the king of the Jews?’ Jesus said nothing. …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 13

‘No answer. Not interested. ‘If you were listening, you’d know what I meant by truth. I’m not one of these logic-choppers, these fastidious philosophers, with their scented Greek rubbish about a pure world of spiritual forms where everything is perfect, and which is the only place where the real truth is, unlike this filthy material …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 12

‘Why do they do that? Who are they?’ ‘I don’t know who they are. They do it because… I don’t know why they do it. Maybe they’re just good.’ ‘Don’t be stupid,’ said another voice in the darkness. ‘No one’s good. It’s not natural to be good. They do it so’s other people will think …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 11

‘He also said he’d come not to bring peace, but a sword.’ ‘When did he say that?’ ‘That was in Capernaum, not long after Matthew joined us. Jesus was telling us what to do when we went out to preach. He said, “Don’t think I’ve come to bring peace to the earth. I haven’t come …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 10

The Priests Test Jesus But the priests were determined to test him, and soon the chance came. They tried three times, and each time Jesus baffled them. The first test came when they said to him, ‘You preach, you heal, you cast out devils ?C now, by whose authority do you do these things? Who …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 9

‘If you believe my sins are forgiven,’ she said, ‘please heal me.’ Christ turned his head away, and then looked back at her and said, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’ ‘Must I believe that too?’ ‘Yes. I must believe it, and you must believe it.’ ‘Tell me again.’ ‘Your sins are forgiven. Truly.’ ‘How will I …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 8

And he led Christ up the hillside to a place where the setting sun illuminated everything brightly. The stranger was wearing clothes of pure white, and the glare from them was dazzling. ‘I asked about your brother,’ said the stranger, ‘because it’s clear that a crisis in the world is coming, and because of it …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 7

Pharisees and Sadducees Jesus continued his mission, speaking and preaching and offering parables to illustrate his teaching, and Christ wrote down much of what he said, letting the truth beyond time guide his stylus whenever he could. There were some sayings, though, that he could neither leave out nor alter, because they caused such a …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 6

Feeding the Crowd Knowing how highly Jesus had regarded John, some of those followers of the Baptist came to Galilee and told him what had happened; and Jesus, wanting to be alone, went out in a boat by himself. No one knew where he had gone, but Christ let one or two people know, and …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 5

Jesus Preaches on the Mountain One day Jesus went out to find a great crowd of people who had come from far away: as well as those from Galilee, people had come from the lands of the Decapolis beyond the Jordan, from Jerusalem and Judea. In order to make it easier for them all to …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 4

Jesus Begins His Ministry Not long afterwards came news that John the Baptist had been arrested by order of King Herod Antipas, the son of the Herod who had ordered the massacre of the children in Bethlehem. The king had taken away the wife of his brother Philip and married her, in defiance of the …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 3

Even some tax-collectors came for baptism. Tax-collectors were hated by the people, because everyone resented paying money to the occupying forces of Rome. But John didn’t turn them away. ‘What must we do, teacher?’ said the tax-collectors. ‘Take in exactly as much tax as you should, and not a penny more.’ Some soldiers came to …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 2

‘Oh, yes. He wants us to go back and tell him where to find you, so he can make sure the child is safe.’ ‘If I were you,’ said Joseph, ‘I’d go straight home. The king is unpredictable, you know. He might take it into his head to punish you. We’ll take the child to …

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Chapter 1

Mary and Joseph This is the story of Jesus and his brother Christ, of how they were born, of how they lived and of how one of them died. The death of the other is not part of the story. As the world knows, their mother was called Mary. She was the daughter of Joachim …