We Called Him Yeshua
“It may be hard to feel close to a God,” Anna said, “but it’s easy to feel close to a person.”
You may know him as the Son of God, by his Greek name, Jesus Christ. Anna knew him as a person, by his Hebrew name, Yeshua.
We Called Him Yeshua is a journey, following Anna and others, who all find freedom in the love and compassion of the wandering prophet. For Anna, the farther she follows Yeshua and the closer she gets to him, the stronger her love grows. Yet for other reasons, so grows her fear.
Many Christians may know about Jesus by what they read in the Bible or hear in a sermon. But Anna and the others knew Jesus by the warmth of his hand on their shoulder, by the thrill of his healing touch freeing them of an illness, and by the kindness in his voice.
What do you think it would be like to know Jesus as they did? To walk with him, as his disciples did? To talk with him, as his friends did? You can. And maybe that journey begins right here.
Escape the world around you. Fly back to the time when Jesus walked the roads of ancient Israel. Walk with him. Follow him. Listen to him. And through the other characters in this story, FEEL him—his love, compassion, and understanding. They called him Yeshua. Maybe you can call him friend.
And like Anna, you may come to say, “If he weren’t so human, if he wasn’t so full of love and humility, I wouldn’t love him so much.”
About CJ Penn (Petaluma, California Author)
First, my writing isn't about me. Don’t want the attention, don’t want to feed my ravenous ego (yep, I’m just a typical pride-plagued human). But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can write before heading off to work. I write because I’m passionate about God, Jesus, His Spirit, and His truth. And, I feel the Holy Spirit gets shortchanged in the world we call Christianity. The truth is sometimes lacking too.
If you're interested, you can find out more about me and my writing at cjpenn.com.