The Anguish of Jesus (April 1970)
When Jesus was in his early 20’s, he helped his father, Joseph, with his carpentry work and became depressed at times by the thought of being crucified in the future. In this vision, Jesus finished his work, went into his room, and began reading the Book of Isaiah at the desk he made. The desk was constructed of several split logs attached together with their flat surfaces facing up. The Book of Isaiah was very large and thick, made entirely of sheepskin. Jesus placed his elbows on the open book, leaned against the desk, and prayed to God as he agonized over his future. As I watched his agony, my feelings were mixed as I realized I had been appointed as a preacher at the same age as Jesus.