THE SIGN – Wilderness East of the Lake of Galilee
“Where is Jesus now?” Cornelius asked as he walked into his house after some hard riding.
Jacob goes to the table and pulls out the map of Galilee. “A great number of people seem to be heading to this part here.” Jacob circles an area south-east of Bethsaida. “I remember that area as a boy. From the lake shore up, it is quite hilly. Hardly any trees, mostly dried brown grass especially at this time of the year.”
Cornelius studied the map. “Too far to walk and if we are to be incognito we cannot bring horses. Did you say that Jesus has been going back and forth across the lake lately?”
“Yes,” said Jacob. Then he knowingly looked up at Cornelius. “We need a boat!”
Cornelius called for Cestus. A minute later, Cestus marched in and snapped to attention. “Sir!”
Cornelius hands a bag of coins, “Go to town and acquire us a boat. Bring two of our men who know how to handle it. We leave in two hours!” Cestus left.
“Well, I better pack some things.” Jacob gets up but then he pauses and peered toward a curtained off alcove.
Cornelius followed his gaze and noticed a slight movement on the curtain. He looked down and could just make out little dirty toes just sticking out.
Cornelius humorously ask, “What are we to do with young Trax? Hmmm?”
“Oh, I think we should leave him behind,” Jacob joins the jest. “He will be a troublesome handful in the boat!” They heard an obvious groan behind the curtain.
Jacob quickly pulls the curtain aside to reveal a startled Trax. “Behold,” Jacob exaggerates. “A spy among us!” They both laughed at Trax’s concerned face.
“How can we leave behind such a resourceful spy?” Cornelius laughingly declares.
Trax’s face quickly brightens. “I can come!”
“Come,” Jacob leads the lad toward the other room. “We have much to pack.”
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