And here’s Part 3, Episode 4 of Jesus & The Eightfold Path – The Gospel According to Josephus – Walking on Water. Do consider donating if you liked it…
Jesus amused the guests by turning water into wine. Scenes of drunkenness inevitably followed. Pigsy was lolling against one wall, a tankard of wine in one hand, a painted Jezebel in the other. Monkey was demonstrating martial arts to several anxious disciples. Sandy was nowhere to be seen. Music wafted through the warm air alongside the smells of roasting meat, spilled wine, and perfume. Jesus seemed in good spirits, almost serene. For a change he wasn’t preaching, just hanging out, talking quietly with some guests, keeping an eye on everyone.
The message I received from Caesar was troubling. Pontius, the procurator (the “tax-collector” as Jesus called him and with some justification) was mobilising the army to go back to Jerusalem from Caesarea, the new Roman town on the shore of the Great Sea.
Jesus had been quiet recently. He had returned from his journeys and for a time seemed content to sit idly, yet even so with every passing day more people came to join him, men and women both, some high and some low, but all drawn to him and to his cause. I had my suspicions. I had communicated with Rome by cipher, and my conclusion was uneasy: Jesus was intending to march on Jerusalem.