I was Jesus’ sidekick.
We hung out when he was about 25 years old, and we spent a lot of time together traveling outside of the Land of Galilee. We had even accompanied one of his cousins (on his mother’s side) for an extended visit to the Far, Far East, where we met with adventures that could curl up a sandal or two. If I told you some of those tales, you’d be toasting your good fortune to have heard someone tell the tale of the young man his friends called Jesus, the son of Mary and Joseph . . .
Well, this is not going to be one of those episodes in his life. He’d like to keep some things private, but I can guarantee you this will pick you up like your favorite melody played by a celestial body of angels on high. I do believe there was a rhythm and a flow to our movements in our mid-twenties. It was as if some Great Musician in the Sky had been playing us as if we were but strings on his very own favorite harp. We kind of fell accidentally like into a way of life that taught us not to take ourselves too seriously and to always remember that Jehovah has a wonderful sense of humor which he enjoys sharing with his loved ones whether they like it or not, or even if they know it or not.
A holy man, also known as a guru, taught us how to meditate. Jesus took to it with his God-given talent and became adept at it in no time. You should have seen him sitting in the half-lotus position with his robe tucked gracefully beneath his legs as he closed his eyes as if in deep prayer. He had only just begun to grow the facial hair that would be one of his trademarks, and his hair was getting longer than what he normally wore it back in our country. His face had rather plain features. He was dark-skinned and his dark hair appeared almost black. He fit in nicely with the people of the East who had similar complexions and hair coloring.
There was something almost angelic about the pose he provided while meditating. It looked like he was communing directly with Jehovah. It was a pleasure to simply view him in repose, very comforting, if you know what I mean . . .
(You like it so far? There will be more to come after I get myself together to take part in NaNoWriMo in November (See: http://nanowrimo.org/ . . . (The “National Novel Writing Month.” I have also committed to a 20-week course on “The Jewish Background of the New Testament“. It will be provided over the Internet via “The eTeacher Group™” and headed by Dr. Eli Lizorkin-Eyzenberg associated with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.