THE HEALING – Capernaum, Galilee
“It’s the boy! He is dying.”
Cornelius and Jacob rushed into the house. They found the physician grinding some herbs for a potion he was preparing. He looked at them shaking his head.
“He will not survive the night.” He handed the potion to Jacob, “This will help him with the pain. I am sorry, Centurion. But this is as far as my skills can go.” Then he left the room.
Cornelius sat at the edge of the bed. Trax was unconscious and burning to the touch. He then took the cloth that was laying on Trax’s forehead and dunked it into a waiting basin of water and put it back on his feverish head. Cornelius have been on many deathbeds of comrades and friends before but watching Trax like this was heart wrenching for him.
Flavius entered the room, “I am sorry, sir. I know how fond you are of him.”
“He is like a son to me.” He whispered.
“Well, he is now in the hands of the gods.”
Then hope sprung up in him like he never felt before. “No, Flavius… not the gods, but one God!” He called out to Jacob and Cestus. “Take the horses, ride out to the teacher. Implore to him to heal the lad. Quickly now. Go!”
They did not hesitate. As Cornelius heard the horses galloping away, he again sat on the edge of the bed and offered up a pleading prayer to the God of Abraham for the very first time.
“Who is this teacher that you sent them to seek? And what can he do?”
Cornelius relayed to Flavius about Jesus and what he had witnessed. Flavius was understandably skeptical.
“And you think he will come and wave his hands over Trax… and then he will sit up like nothing happened?”
“Yes! I really do.”
The story continues on in my next post a week from now.
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