WAR OF THE WORLDS
THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Disguised as a lumberjack, the God-Man comes to earth and uses his superpowers to rescue commoners while his enemies try to kill him.
THESE ARE HIS AIDES
…is of Palestine’s northern province of Galilee. He and his brother, Andrew, are fishermen and partners of brothers James and John. They all live in the same town of Bethsaida. He talks all the time and is eccentric. No one knows what he will come up with next.
…is Peter’s brother. They are both fishermen in the Sea of Galilee near the two palaces of Herod the Great’s son, Herod Antipas. He has long ago given upon controlling his big brother. His best friend is Philip. They are both a little nerdy. Sometimes he takes travelers home with him if they need a place to spend the night.
…is another fisherman, son of Salome. He is ambitious at the instigation of his mother, with high aspirations to hold public office. He has no tolerance for unbelievers. He sometimes says Jesus should call fire down from heaven on a village of unbelievers and Jesus has to calm him down.
…and his brother are first cousins of Jesus. John is Jesus’ closest friend. In fact, when Jesus eventually is crucified, he will ask John to take Mary into his home so she can be with her sister, Salome, in their old age. PETER, JAMES & JOHN ARE JESUS’ INNER CIRCLE OF FRIENDS.
…also lives in Bethsaida. Actually, he lives on a horse ranch. Though Jews still consider horses work animals, Philip’s family (in the story, not fact) are horse breeders for the Roman legions. Being Egyptian, they have the finest Egyptian and Arabian horses in all Palestine. He has chestnut hair inherited from his mother, a Berber of Carthage, North Africa.
…is good-hearted and as honest as they came. Jesus said so the moment they met. He inherited his father’s tapestry skills and moves from Cana in Galilee south to Jerusalem in the Province of Judea. He enjoys wearing colorful coats made of tapestry.
…is a former seaman (according to the story) and has spent much time at sea around India. He has a twin sister. He apparently started following Jesus around as did thousands of others as soon as Jesus began telling people who he was and healing them. Later, when Jesus’ aides want to keep Jesus away from the suburbs of Jerusalem so he won’t be killed, Thomas will say, “Let us go with him so we may die with him.”
…is a tax collector and therefore very rich. He comes from a family of tall Ethiopians. The family claims to descend from one of the long-ago Pharaohs. However, Matthew was born in Palestine to faithful Jewish parents who were themselves born there. His parents are Mary and Alphaeus.
BIG LITTLE JAMES
…is Matthew’s brother, though you would never know it other than by their size. Though younger, big Little James is taller than his brother and their father. That’s where the resemblance ends. Whereas Matthew loves money and his big fancy mansion on a hill, big Little James has renounced money and lives as a desert Nazarene. However, when he misses his family, he does go home and tolerates the family wealth.
…is from Syria north of Palestine. People call him Thaddeus or Lebbeus, his Syrian names, but later call him Jude or Judas. He is quiet. Seldom talks. Thinks a lot. But, when he makes a decision, there is no changing his mind. Kind of skinny, but solid as a rock.
SIMON THE TERRORIST
…is from the Mediterranean coast in Lebanon. He is the youngest of the twelve but lived some hard years before joining them. He leaves home against his parents’ wishes and joins Commandant Judas’ terrorist revolutionaries to destroy Rome and gets the tattoo of the revolutionaries. Sometimes he sneaks off to hear Jesus who claims he will win the whole world ~ not just Rome ~ with the power of words. Simon turns traitor and joins up with Jesus.
Now this man is the only sane choice Jesus makes for an aide. Judas descends from one of the most admired leaders of the Jews over a thousand years ago. He knows how to lead. He is also a money man, not like Matthew who has to grovel at the feet of the Romans and collects their taxes. Judas is a banker and land investor. He considers himself the best-dressed man in all of Palestine. He knows both power and money. The other apostles trust him and make him their treasurer. Frustrated at Jesus not taking advantage of the times the people declare him king, Judas will force Jesus’ hand. If he is arrested, he will use his superpowers to break the chains, zap his enemies away, and take over both the palace and temple. It will backfire and destroy Judas.