He was beginning to establish quite a following.  There were a number of men who left their jobs and families behind just to be part of this work my son was starting.  His cousin, John, had laid the groundwork by baptizing those who were burdened with sin.  All that was required was their repentance.

It was a new message for those who listened.    People had been bound by the law and the ritual established over the centuries.  These traditions and laws were constant reminders of the covenant God had established with us.  They were our way of serving God, trusting Him and keeping His commandments, but they were rules that couldn’t be kept – even by the staunchest of believers.  There was no sacrifice or offering that could pay the price for sin.  We were all slaves to it.

My boy grew up with these traditions, but he knew them better than any other rabbi I’d ever heard.  Even as a child, his words resonated with people.  It was as if he had written them himself.

Now he shared a new message with those who listened. He talked about a kingdom not of this world – complete payment for sin – life after death.

Pretty soon he had a number of followers.  They were from many walks of life – mostly fisherman – a tax collector – one who managed the financial affairs – but they all dropped what their lives held and followed him.  This inner circle of friends would become part of a much bigger group.  It didn’t take long and people were coming to hear his words – to be healed by him – to have demons removed – to gain insight and learn.

Many thought he was the Messiah – the king they longed for – the second David, come to rule and make them the powerful nation they once were.  He was so much more than that.



As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on
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5 Responses to THEY FOLLOWED HIM

  1. Love this! And the voice you speak in. It’s powerfu, warm, and so very loving!

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  2. afpalermo10 says:

    But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:19

    As a mom, this verse means so much more to me than it did ever before having children. There are so many things a mom knows that can’t be shared or spoken accurately. What a joy it must have been to see Jesus growing up and knowing Him in that way!


    • atimetoshare says:

      I know, right? My children have grown up and have kids of their own, but a mother’s heart is always filled with precious memories of them. Thanks for reading this. I’ve been doing a series of these posts on the events leading to the cross from Mary’s point of view and there will be more to come. I’m glad you could relate to this.

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