tacky clipart graphic labeled Anointed One“Anointed One” is the literal meaning of “messiah”, and yes, there were a lot of them running around in this era. No wonder the people in Josh’s hometown found it hard to take him seriously. (Mark 6)

Fisham = Bethsaida (“house of fishing”). Khirbet Qana = Cana. Watchton = Nazareth (“watch-place”).

So, all the low-key religious subtext in the devotion we’ve seen Beings express toward their Masters? The inspiration goes the other way. Saxon’s expressions of devotion toward his Master were immortalized as the Christian template for how mere mortals should talk to their Creator.

A comment on the original, trying to grab all the references:

“As long as the people have ears, why not let them listen?”
“Whoever has ears, let them hear” Matthew 11:15

“Visit your home town they said. It’ll be fun they said.”
“(Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet has no honor in his own country.)” John 4:44

“Saxon: And as far as I am concerned, he is the Way, the Truth, and the Light!”
This one’s a bit tricky. The closest I found for position and intent was:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16
But post-resurrection there’s: “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

Wait, is Saxon PETER?

“Saxon, you’re not helping.”
“Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.” Mathew 16:20


Josh: I’m just trying to tell stories . . .

Anti-fan 1: Your stories are bad and you should feel bad.

Khirbet Qana.

Anti-fan 2: What kind of riffraff are you letting in here?

Josh: I don’t judge! As long as the people have ears, why not let them listen?


Anti-fan 3: Seriously, all these people think you’re magic? Maryam’s little brat?

Josh: Visit your home town again, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

Figham: María and her family’s house.

Josh: Sorry about the crowd outside your place, María. Fans are nice, but they’re starting to get exhausting! I’ve had three different people come up to me this week and ask if I was secretly the Anointed One of prophecy.

Disciple: And why shouldn’t they? Unless you don’t believe the scripture on that . . .

Josh: María! How many people in the greater Figham area are claiming to be the Messiah?

María: Forty-two.

Josh: That’s why.

Disciple: Yeah, but Josh . . . you’re probably the only one who knows how to create life.

Saxon: And as far as I am concerned, he is the Way, the Truth, and the Light!

Disciple: See? See?!

Josh: Saxon, you’re not helping.