The people described in the Gospels were ordinary folks going about their everyday lives, until they met Jesus. Some were people of influence, some average, some insignificant and nameless—but not to him.
Their interactions are intriguing to me. What were they thinking and feeling when their lives intersected with his? What were their worries, hopes and expectations? Some experienced wondrous events. Others had the opportunity to speak with him face-to-face. What did they ask him? How did he respond?
It’s easy for me to imagine these conversations. People haven’t really changed.
There are still mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, enemies. Go-getters and freeloaders. The rich, the poor, the sick, the tired. The calloused and the caring. The humble, the popular, the arrogant. Believers, doubters, betrayers, and deceivers. Jesus met each one at his or her place of deepest need. His questions weren’t rambling thoughts or random musings. They were specific, clear, and challenging, and they revealed the individual’s heart.
I am excited to announce my newest book: Everyday Jesus. It is a collection of stories about the real and relatable people that lived on earth during Jesus' lifetime.
Everyday Jesus is available at Amazon.com or may be ordered at your favorite bookstore.
For locals: Please join me for a book signing on Sunday, December 3, from 2-5 PM, at the Marketplace on Chestnut, 213 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY.
“These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ,
the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”