BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE
(In Order of Appearance)
NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
- Mathew 13:55-56 – Isn’t it true that he is the son of Joseph, the woodworker, and that his mother’s name is Mary!? His brothers are James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas. 56All his sisters are here with us, too. So, where did he get all these things!?”
- The tradition that JOSEPH, Mary’s husband, died soon after Jesus turned twelve is false. According to THE BIBLE, MATTHEW 13:55-56a, he was STILL ALIVE when Jesus visited his old home town of Nazareth the winter of AD 26-27. Notice the present tense of his neighbors’ statement: “We’ve known him since he was a kid; he’s the carpenter’s [Joseph’s] son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here.”
- Matthew 1:20 – He was thinking deeply upon these things when, suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, descendant of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. The baby inside her comes from the Holy Spirit!
- Luke 3:23 – Jesus was about 30 years old when he began to teach. People thought that Jesus was Joseph’s son.
- John 2:12 – After this, Jesus, his mother, his brothers, and his followers went down into the town of Capernaum. They stayed there for a few days.
- John 2:1-4, 9 – On the third day, in the town of Cana in Galilee, there was a wedding. Jesus’ mother was there. 2Jesus and his followers were invited to the wedding. 3When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine!” 4Jesus asked her, “What do you want with me, woman? My time has not yet come.”…the master of ceremonies…9He didn’t know where it came from, but the servants who had gotten the water knew. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water which had been changed into wine, he called for the groom
- Matthew 4:13 – After leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee, in the Zebulun and Naphtali area.
- John 6:42, 59 – They said, “This is Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know his father and mother. Why is he now saying, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ ”…59These are the things which Jesus said while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
- Mark 3:20-22 –Jesus came home. Again, such a crowd came together that they didn’t even have time to eat. 21When Jesus’ family heard this, they went out to get Jesus. They were saying, “He’s crazy!” 22The teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “Jesus has Beelzebul.d Jesus uses the prince of demons to throw out demons!”
- Mark 3:31-35 – Jesus’ mother and his brothers came. They were standing outside. They sent someone inside to Jesus to call him. 32A crowd was sitting around Jesus. They said to him, “Listen, your mother, your brothers, and your sisters are outside; they want to talk to you.” 33Jesus answered them, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” 34Jesus looked around at the people who were surrounding him. He said, “Look, my mother and my brothers! 35The person who does what God wants is my brother, my sister, or my mother.”
- John 6:9-13 – “Here is a little boy who has five small loaves of barley bread and two fish, but how long would that last among so many people? Not very long!” 10Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” (There was a lot of grass in that spot.) There were about 5,000 men. They sat down. 11Then Jesus took the loaves of bread and gave thanks to God for them. He divided them among those who were sitting down. He did the same thing with the fish. They ate as much as they wanted. 12When they were full, Jesus said to his followers, “Gather up the leftovers, so that nothing will be wasted.” 13So, they gathered them up and filled twelve large baskets with the leftover pieces from the five small barley loaves.
- John 6:41-42 – The Jewish leaders were complaining about Jesus, because he said, “I am the food which came down from heaven.” 42They said, “This is Jesus, Joseph’s son. We know his father and mother. Why is he now saying, ‘I have come down from heaven?’ ”
- Sometime between John 6:42 where people say they all know Joseph, and John 19:26 where Jesus tells John to take his mother into his home, Joseph dies.
- John 6:59 – These are the things which Jesus said while teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.
- John 7:1 – After this, Jesus was traveling around in the land of Galilee. He didn’t want to go to the land of Judea, because the Jewish leaders were trying to kill him.
- Matthew 2:13-15 – After they had gone, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, “Get up! Take along the little child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I speak to you again. Herod is about to begin searching for the little child to kill him.” 14So, Joseph got ready. He took along the little child and his mother at night and left for Egypt. 15He stayed there until Herod died, to make what the Lord God had said through the prophet come true:
- John 20:30-31 – Jesus showed many more proofs from God in front of his followers, but those are not written in this book. 31These proofs have been written, so that you, the readers, might believe this: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. If you believe this, you will have eternal life by his name.
- John 7:2 -13 – The time for the Jewish Festival of Tentsa was near. 3Jesus’ brothers said to him, “Get away from here and go to Judea, so that your followers may see the miracles you are doing. 4If someone wants to be famous, he doesn’t hide the things he is doing. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world!” 5(Even Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him.) 6Then Jesus said to them, “It is not yet the right time for me. There is always a good time for you. 7The people of the world cannot hate you. They hate me because I tell the truth about them—their lives are evil! 8You should go on up to the feast in Jerusalem. I am not going up to this feast just yet. The time is not yet ripe for me.” 9After he said these things, Jesus stayed in the land of Galilee. 10After Jesus’ brothers went up to Jerusalem for the feast, Jesus also went up there, but Jesus did it secretly. 11The Jewish leaders were looking for him at the festival. They continued to ask, “Where is Jesus?” 12Many people in the crowd were arguing about Jesus. Some were saying, “He is a good man.” Others were saying, “No, he fools the people!” 13But no one was talking about Jesus openly because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders.
- John 7:20, 25 – The crowd answered, “You are crazy! Who is trying to kill you?”…25Some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “This is the man whom the Jewish leaders are trying to kill.
- John 8:44 – You come from your father, the Devil. You want to do the sinful things that your father wants. The Devil was a murderer from the very beginning. He does not stand with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he is only talking naturally, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
- John 10:22, 31-32 – It was winter. The time came for the Feast of Dedicationa in Jerusalem…31Again, some Jewish leaders picked up stones to throw at Jesus and kill him. 32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which good work are you stoning me?”
- John 11:47-57 – The most important priests and the Pharisees called a meeting. They asked each other, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many miracles! 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take us away—our holy place and our nation.” 49One of them was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. He said to them, “You know nothing! 50Don’t you think it would be better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed?” 51(Caiaphas did not say this on his own. But, since he was the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the Jewish nation. 52And not only for them, but also so that all God’s scattered children might be gathered together into one people.) 53From that day forward, they plotted to kill Jesus. 54So, Jesus was not moving around among the Jews openly anymore. Jesus left there for an area which was near the desert. It was a town called Ephraim. Jesus stayed there with his followers for a while. 55The time for the Jewish Passover Festival was near. Many people went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover began. They wanted to make themselves ceremonially pure. 56These people were standing in the temple courtyard looking for Jesus. They were asking one another, “What do you think? Will Jesus come to the festival or not?” 57The most important priests and Pharisees had given orders: “If anyone knows where Jesus is, he must tell us, so that we may arrest him!”
- I Corinthians 15:5-7 – Then Jesus appeared to Peter,a and later to all the apostles. 6Then he appeared to more than 500 brothers at the same time. Most of these people are still alive today, but some of them have already died. 7Christ appeared to James, and then to all the apostles.
- Hebrews 3:15 – “If you hear God’s voice today, don’t let your hearts become stubborn, as you did during the rebellion.” (Psalms 95:7-8)
- ACTS 1:13-14 says back in Jerusalem after Jesus returned to heaven, his twelve apostles gathered along with Jesus’ mother and his brothers. ACTS 12:2 says that Jesus’ apostle named James was put to death. Then in ACTS 12:17 Peter sent word to Jesus’ brother, James, that he had not been put to death too. A book of the Bible was written by JAMES and named after him. He calls himself a slave of God and the Master Jesus. JUDE, another of Jesus’ brothers, wrote a book of the Bible named after himself, and begins by calling himself a slave to Jesus Christ and brother to James. GALATIANS 2:9 says that James later became a pillar of the church in Jerusalem.
OTHER JESUS QUOTES IN THIS EPISODE
- ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, Bk 20, 9:2 – Now as soon as Albinus was come to the city of Jerusalem, he used all his endeavors and care that the country might be kept in peace, and this by destroying many of the Sicarii. But as for the high priest, Ananias 25 he increased in glory every day, and this to a great degree, and had obtained the favor and esteem of the citizens in a signal manner; for he was a great hoarder up of money: he therefore cultivated the friendship of Albinus, and of the high priest [Jesus], by making them presents; he also had servants who were very wicked, who joined themselves to the boldest sort of the people, and went to the thrashing-floors, and took away the tithes that belonged to the priests by violence, and did not refrain from beating such as would not give these tithes to them. So the other high priests acted in the like manner, as did those his servants, without any one being able to prohibit them; so that [some of the] priests, that of old were wont to be supported with those tithes, died for want of food.
- ANTIQUITIES OF THE JEWS, Bk. 20, 9:1 – And now Cæsar, upon hearing the death of Festus, sent Albinus into Judea, as procurator. But the king deprived Joseph of the high priesthood, and bestowed the succession to that dignity on the son of Ananus, who was also himself called Ananus. Now the report goes that this eldest Ananus proved a most fortunate man; for he had five sons who had all performed the office of a high priest to God, and who had himself enjoyed that dignity a long time formerly, which had never happened to any other of our high priests. But this younger Ananus, who, as we have told you already, took the high priesthood, was a bold man in his temper, and very insolent; he was also of the sect of the Sadducees, 23 who are very rigid in judging offenders, above all the rest of the Jews, as we have already observed; when, therefore, Ananus was of this disposition, he thought he had now a proper opportunity [to exercise his authority]. Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrim of judges, and brought before them the brother of Jesus, who was called Christ, whose name was James, and some others, [or, some of his companions]; and when he had formed an accusation against them as breakers of the law, he delivered them to be stoned: but as for those who seemed the most equitable of the citizens, and such as were the most uneasy at the breach of the laws, they disliked what was done; they also sent to the king [Agrippa], desiring him to send to Ananus that he should act so no more, for that what he had already done was not to be justified; nay, some of them went also to meet Albinus, as he was upon his journey from Alexandria, and informed him that it was not lawful for Ananus to assemble a sanhedrim without his consent. 24 Whereupon Albinus complied with what they said, and wrote in anger to Ananus, and threatened that he would bring him to punishment for what he had done; on which king Agrippa took the high priesthood from him, when he had ruled but three months, and made Jesus, the son of Damneus, high priest.
- WINE: In ancient Greece wine was dark and usually drunk with water (to drink it unmixed was riotous) ….The full maturing of wine was impossible until the bottle and the cork were generally used….Use of wine bottles and corks…seems to have become common toward the end of the 17th century.
SPECIAL CHARACTERS APPEARING IN OTHER EPISODES
Season 8, Star Song, “Lost in Wonder”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “God Eyes”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “Treasure of Doom”
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Angels of Hell”
Season 1, Dream Maker, “The Hand of God”
Season 3, Folk Hero, “Bread of Kingdom Life”
Season 8, Star Song, “Two Fathers, One Son”
Season 8, Star Song, “Walking Tall”
Season 2, Hearts Afire, “Interrupted Funeral”
Season 5 Promise Keeper, “Shadow Boxing”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Soaring to Nothingness”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “The Substitute”
Season 6, Shadow of Death, “Victorious Dying”