The Man Called Jesus was inspired by Tom’s daughter’s encounter with the scripture concerning the thief on the cross who turned to Jesus for help.
Tom graduated from Hermitage High School in 1952, and then served two years in the United States Army. He worked for thirty-six years in the paint coatings industry. He was with Glidden Paint Company for twenty-eight years and with Devoe Paint Company for eight years.
Tom’s wife Louise retired from her job with the International Mission Board as assistant facilities manager, and they now live with their daughter and her family in Chester, Virginia.
The Man Called Jesus
by T. F. Lloyd
The Romans rule Israel with an iron fist, and young Hanan is angry and conflicted. The soldiers murder his father and take their livestock, and he becomes sole provider for his mother. Yet without the cattle that had been his family’s livelihood, Hanan turns to a secret life of thievery. He manages to care for the family while keeping his ways hidden—until he pilfers a valuable Roman necklace and becomes a wanted man. Riddled with guilt and fear, he believes his fate is sealed. Only one beacon of light shines to give Hanan hope for removing his guilt and cleansing his soul: the man called Jesus. Hanan follows the teacher, feeding on his every word and miracle, hoping to find the salvation he craves, before it’s too late.