Business report: Business this week has been brisk in the market district, a direct result of the hordes of pilgrims in town for the Passover Feast. This increase of business is sure to please the tax collectors.
Other news: Yesterday on Golgotha (execution hill) three more criminals were crucified, bringing the total executions this month to an all-time high. Two local men accused of robbery along with a religious zealot from Nazareth, a small village in Galilee, were hanged. We have learned that the zealot, known only as Jesus, was accused of sedition against Rome, an offence carrying the death penalty. We are told that the Roman courts found the charges to be invalid and Governor Pilate offered to release the Nazarene to the Jews. Witnesses reported that an unusually large and rowdy crowd had gathered in the courtyard to witness the trial. The overwhelming response of the people was negative and many insults were hurled towards the man. This, along with intense pressure from the religious leaders persuaded the governor to go forward with the execution. Throughout his entire trial, the man from Nazareth remained silent. Many have begun to question if the cruel and unusually brutal treatment of the peaceful Nazarene who was led away in chains and shackles and brutally beaten, almost to the point of death, was necessary.
Weather report: A strange phenomenon occurred yesterday afternoon. The skies became extremely dark around noon as violent weather descended upon the area without warning. Many said it became as dark as midnight. This darkness lasted for about three hours and caused quite a stir in the market district and on the roads within the walls. There was no explanation offered by the prognosticators.
Also, yesterday afternoon the city was shaken by what appears to be an earthquake unlike any ever reported before. Although only minor damage was reported around the city, the quake is said to have done extensive damage inside the temple. Many have begun to wonder if all these events be connected in some way
Pastor Frank Dodson