Introduction

 

  Reason for writing “Gospel of the Kingdom of God”

 

I have re-arranged the words of Jesus from the four gospels included in the New testament and have amalgamated them into one .  Why I have done it? The following will give answer for it.

 

The concept of “Messiah” is the product of Judaism.”  Messiah means simply anointed one for a special purpose. Scripture doesn’t say the Messiah is an individual. But somehow in the Jewish mind an idea grew that “Messiah” will be an individual in the lineage of their great king David. This idea developed into a firm faith, and when they edited the scriptures to make it one book, it might have influenced the editors and it resulted in the scriptures.

 

 When the Jewish Bible scholars began to interpret Bible naturally their faith influenced their interpretation also.  Thus the expectation of the arrival of a messiah was deep rooted in the minds of Jews.  This faith was so deep rooted in the Jewish mind that not even a single Jew dared to question this faith.  As the culmination of this faith some Jews happened to believe that Jesus is the Messiah.  And that Jews preached, ”Jesus is the Christ”.

 

The early Christians believed that the Christ event in history was the immediate prelude to the end of the world and final judgment of humankind. St. Paul in his epistles wrote that the present generation, his own, would see the apocalypse. In the Synoptic gospels they wrote Jesus also claimed that the people around him would still be alive for the last .. Anticipating the immediate end of the world at any moment, the early Christians felt no need to record the life or sayings of Jesus. During this time, the life and sayings of Jesus circulated in an oral form through Christian teachers and public speakers. This oral material included stories and sayings attributed to Jesus, but they did not exist in any systematic, organized, or universal form.

 

At the same time these stories and sayings were circulating around the early Christian world, another set of stories about Jesus were being created. Paul reinvented Christianity as a religion of a dead and risen God. It prompted Christians to write story of the death and resurrection of Jesus in such way to give legitimacy to Jesus Christ. They wrote the story in such a way to give the impression that had predicted his death on the cross and resurrection.

 

The early Christians needed more than the death and Resurrection to legitimate Christ as having divine status. They began to interpret that the prophecies that are in the bible about the Messiah are fulfilled in Jesus. For instance, in the gospels they wrote Jesus of Nazareth was born of virgin Mary and they wrote Jesus of Nazareth is a descendant of King David through his father, Joseph. And they wrote many gospels as stated by Luke. We must remember one thing. Jesus didn’t write any thing about his preaching. It is also not known that His apostles wrote anything about Jesus. Others who heard the preaching of apostles are the authors of the gospels. At present there are four Gospels and they are included the New Testament.There were many other gospels. (See.Luke 1:1-3) Church destroyed all other gospels which do not support the view of the church except what are included in the New testament.. The Gospel writers do not claim that they wrote it according to the instruction of God, Holy Spirit or Jesus. It may be noted that in the old testament every prophets claims Yahweh told them to write those words. So they are called words of God. See St.Luke, who wrote gospels like others  says simply he also thought to write a gospel, he doesn’t say, he wrote the gospel according to the instruction received from God or from holy spirit or from Jesus. That is why its heading is given as “ Gospel according to Mathew, Gospel according to Mark, Gospel according to Luke, Gospel according to John” . Actually we don’t know who are the authors of the existing gospels in the New Testament.  At first  it was not even known as “ Gospels”. At an early date Gospel of Mathew was titled as  “ Kata Mathaion “  (According to Mathew) . Gospel according to Mark was titled as “Kata Markon”,  gospel of Luke was titled as “ Kata Loukon” and gospel of John was titled as “ Kata Ioannen”.  The word gospel was added to it later.

 

 The gospels are written with the sole intention to make others believe that Jesus is the Jewish  Messiah. St.John has admitted “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is Messiah, the son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31) The Gospels are not written according to the order of the events took place or  according to the order of statements Jesus made. ( See Luke 1:1-2)  Gospels are written for the sole purpose that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the son of god, and that believing you may have life in his name. (John 20:31) That means  in the gospels the words and deeds of Jesus are arranged in such a way to make you believe that  Jesus is the Christ and son of God.

 

These gospels were not, however, immediately recognized as authority. As late as 96 AD, Clement, the Bishop of Rome, proclaimed the only authoritative texts of Christianity to be the Old Testament and the various sayings attributed to Jesus in circulation. The Gospels didn't appear in Christian writings until around 135 AD.

 

Jesus was born in a Jewish family. Hence he was a Jew. He was brought up as a Jew. He died as a Jew with a jewfish prayer on his lips. He always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where the Jews always meet, and in secret he said nothing. (John 18:20)  Some of the Jews found their messiah in Jesus (John1:41) Jesus spoke in the way as all other prophets. Jesus said ,” 12:49 “ I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak.” There is abundant evidence in the Gospels that Jesus considered his teachings to be for Jews only.. Jesus believed that he was exclusively sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. What Jesus preached was the gospel of the kingdom of God. But the Gospel writers  make others to believe that the mission of Jesus was not only for the Jews but it was for the whole humankind and he established the Christian religion.

  So to get an independent view of the preaching of Jesus it is highly essential to arrange the words and deeds of Jesus in an unbiased way. That is why I wrote “Gospel of the kingdom of God” rearranging the words of Jesus from the four gospels. In this Gospel you can see a Jesus who is not at all concerned about gentiles, a Jesus who was concerned about Jews and Israel only, a Jesus who is a Jew who does  not claim he is the messiah or  son of god.

 

Chapter 1

Jesus went to a synagogue in Galilee. In the synagogue the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Jesus to read. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, Isa61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to bring good tidings unto the humble; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the eyes to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the year of the LORD'S good pleasure, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fixed on him.  Then he began to tell them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled even as you heard it being read..

 

 As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon (called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea (for they were fishermen)  He said to them, “Follow me, and I will turn you into fishers of people.”  They left their nets immediately and followed him. Jesus later chose another 10 and made his apostles twelve.

 

Jesus went throughout all of Galilee, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom. When they heard these words, some of the crowd began to say, “This really is the Prophet!”  We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote. Others said, “This is the Christ!” But still others said, “No, for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? Some said  we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from." Then others said, Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant of David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” So there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus. But the crowds tried to keep him from leaving them. Jesus said to them, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns too, for that is what I was sent to do.” So Jesus went throughout all the towns and villages, teaching in the synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom of God.

Now the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming ? Jeusu said “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst.” “When evening comes you say, ‘It will be fair weather, because the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, because the sky is red and darkening.’ You know how to judge correctly the appearance of the sky, but you cannot evaluate the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”. This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. “Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near, right at the door. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone.

Then Jesus asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use to present it?: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of flour until all the dough had risen.” “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field   “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he found a pearl of great value, he went out and sold everything he had and bought it.

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest garden plant and becomes a tree, so that the wild birds come and nest in its branches

 “The kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to summon those who had been invited to the banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”’ But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come. The king was furious! He sent his soldiers, and they put those who refused to come for the marriage feast  to death and set their city on fire. Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the ones who had been invited were not worthy. So go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’.

Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled. For I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was cast into the sea that caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, they pulled it ashore, sat down, and put the good fish into containers and threw the bad away. It will be this way at the end of the age. Angels will come and separate the evil from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. And after agreeing with the workers for the standard wage, he sent them into his vineyard. When it was about nine o’clock in the morning, he went out again and saw others standing around in the marketplace without work. He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and I will give you whatever is right.’ So they went. When he went out again about noon and three o’clock that afternoon, he did the same thing. And about five o’clock that afternoon he went out and found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why are you standing here all day without work?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go and work in the vineyard too.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the workers and give the pay starting with the last hired until the first.’ When those hired about five o’clock came, each received a full day’s pay. And when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more. But each one also received the standard wage. When they received it, they began to complain against the landowner, saying, ‘These last fellows worked one hour, and you have made them equal to us who bore the hardship and burning heat of the day.’ And the landowner replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am not treating you unfairly. Didn’t you agree with me to work for the standard wage? Take what is yours and go. I want to give to this last man the same as I gave to you. Am I not permitted to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first last

Jesus said another parable of two sons “What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ The boy answered, ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart and went. The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first . Jesus replied “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man  who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the flood  came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!”

Jesus spoke all these things in parables to the crowds; he did not speak to them without a parable. This fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables, I will announce what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.

Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”. He said to them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those outside, everything is in parables,. so that although they look they may look but not see,and although they hear they may hear but not understand,so they may not repent and be forgiven . And concerning them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: ‘You will listen carefully yet will never understand, you will look closely yet will never comprehend. For the heart of this people has become dull; they are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes, so that they would not see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ “Have you understood all these things?” They replied, “Yes.” Then he said to them, “Therefore every expert in the law who has been trained for the kingdom of God is like the owner of a house who brings out of his treasure what is new and old.”

“I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother’s womb and be born a second time, can he?” Jesus answered, “Are you the teacher of Israel and yet you don’t understand these things?. I tell you the solemn truth, we speak about what we know and testify about what we have seen, but you people do not accept our testimony. If I have told you people about earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you about heavenly things.

You study the scriptures thoroughly because you think in them you possess eternal life, and it is these same scriptures that testify about me, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what Moses wrote, how will you believe my words?” “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword .  “I have come to bring fire on the earth – and how I wish it were already kindled  

Now the Pharisees assembled together. And one of them, an expert in religious law, asked him a question to test him: “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus answered,: ‘Listen, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength  This is the first and greatest commandment. You are to worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon. The second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.” The expert in the law said to him, “That is true, Teacher; you are right to say that he is one, and there is no one else besides him. And to love him with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength and to love your neighbor as yourself  is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he had answered thoughtfully, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” Then no one dared any longer to question him.

Now a certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life in the kingdom of God?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.You shall not put the Lord your God to the test..’ The man replied, “I have wholeheartedly obeyed all these laws since my youth.” When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, Then come, follow me.” “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for the sake of the kingdom of god will find it. “I tell you the truth, there is no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God. who will not receive eternal life in the age to come But when the man heard this he became very sad, for he was extremely wealthy. When Jesus noticed this, he said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this said, “Then who can be saved?” He replied, “What is impossible for mere humans is possible for God.” Then Peter said to him, “Look, we have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

 

Jesus asked them “Would any one of you say to your servant who comes in from the field after plowing or shepherding sheep, ‘Come at once and sit down for a meal’? Won’t the master instead say to him, ‘Get my dinner ready, and make yourself ready to serve me while I eat and drink. Then you may eat and drink’? He won’t thank the servant because he did what he was told, will he? :So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say,” We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty.

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ .

 Jesus told them to  pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be hallowed, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into test, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into a test.”

Then Jesus told them a parable to show them they should always pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people. There was also a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Avenge me of my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but later on he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor have regard for people, yet because this widow keeps on bothering me, I will avenge her, or in the end she will wear me out by her unending pleas.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge said and Shall God not avenge his own elect his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?though he bears long with them ? I tell you that , he will avenge them speedily. Neverthless, when the Son of Man comes, will he really find faith on the earth?

 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as wellt. "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened

Jesus and his disciples went to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 8:28 They said, “John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and still others, one of the prophets.”  He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” And Jesus forcefully commanded them not to tell anyone that he was the Christ. Jesus asked them: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How then does David by the Spirit call him ‘Lord,’ saying, ‘The Lord said to my lord,Sit at my right hand,until I put your enemies under your feet”’? If David then calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” They said , “Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant of David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?”   Jesus answered them “ Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees “if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him  Remember, I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someone says to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. !”    So the disciples began to suspect that Jesus is preaching something against the scriptures and knowing this , Jesus said to them, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter will pass from the law until everything takes place

 “My doctrine is not mine, but his who sent me. “ If anyone wants to do God’s will, he Shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from god or whether I speak on my own authority.. “ I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them... If you abide in my words, you are my disciples indeed and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”. “We are descendants of Abraham,” they replied, “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?”. Jesus said to them. The slave does not abide in the house forever, but the son abides forever. So if the son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you are not listening my words.

 

Then Jesus traveled throughout towns and villages, teaching and making his way toward Jerusalem.. As Jesus came ashore  he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, Jesus told his disciples  “You give them to eat.”.. they said we have only 5 loaves and two fish with us. Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven , he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to his disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied,. Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”  Then Jesus, because he knew they were going to come and seize him by force to make him king, withdrew again up the mountainside alone and afterwards to Capernaum

On the following day, they came to Capernaum seeking Jesus.  Seeing the crowd Jesus said  you are seeking me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. Do not work for the food that disappears, but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food  which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh  The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes me will live because of me.

Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, said, among themselves, , "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"” Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? Jesus said, “Even after all this, are you still so foolish? Don’t you understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer?.  The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. The Spirit is the one who gives life; flesh is of no help “It is written, ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water “.

 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me –just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you have known me, you will know my Father too. The person who has seen me has seen the Father. “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. Your father Abraham was overjoyed to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” Then the Judeans replied, “You are not yet fifty years old! Have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, before Abraham came into existence, I am!”

I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. “I am the light of the world. The one who follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up at the last day. For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 am the true vine and my Father is the gardener.  He takes away every branch that does not bear fruit in me. He prunes every branch that bears fruit so that it will bear more fruit. You are clean already because of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me – and I in him – bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, and are burned up. My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit. But there are some of you who do not believe.” Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up. “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing on my own initiative, but I speak just what the Father taught me. “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me.

 

Then the crowd responded, “We have heard from the law that the messiah will remain forever. How can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” Everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. The Son of Man will go as it is written about him. For just as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish for three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; he will be mocked, mistreated, and spat on. They will flog him severely and kill him. Yet on the third day he will rise again.”  But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant . But Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him “God forbid, Lord! This must not happen to you!” But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me, because you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but on man’s.”

Jesus said to them “You foolish people – how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?”.. “The light is with you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” In a little while you will see me no longer; again after a little while, you will see me “

So they kept on asking, “What is the meaning of what he says, ‘In a little while’? We do not understand what he is talking about.” Jesus could see that they wanted to ask him about these things, so he said to them, “Are you asking each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you will not see me; again after a little while, you will see me’? Night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” “I will be with you for only a little while longer, and then I am going to the one who sent me. In a little while the world will not see me any longer, but because I live, you will live too.. “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. You will look for me but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come I tell you the solemn truth, you will weep and wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, but your sadness will turn into joy. When a woman gives birth, she has distress because her time  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. So also you have sorrow now, but you will see me again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone. For it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered John.Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution. But take courage; I have conquered the world!". But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee." There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace.

 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God,: While I was with them, I protected them in your name. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world. Holy Father, protect them in your name. I do not pray to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one.  They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.

 

                                                             Chapter 3

.Jesus poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. When it was evening, he took his place at the table with the twelve for the supper. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it, gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat, this is my body.” which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And after taking the cup and giving thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, mk. for this is my blood, the blood of the covenant, that is poured out for many.  And while they were eating he said, but see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, ‘The one who eats my bread has turned against me.’ ( Ps.41:9) I am telling you this now, before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I am he.

All of you will be made to stumble because of me in this night. And blessed is he who is not stumbled because of me. Peter answered and said to him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of you, I will never made to stumble. Jesus said to him,” Assuredly I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times. “Simon, Simon, pay attention! Satan has demanded to have you all, to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail When you have returned to me, strengthen your brothers.”

 

Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them  “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. “For I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” “It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs,” he said.  Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. As you go, preach the message of ‘The kingdom of God. He presented them with a parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. When the plants sprouted and bore grain, then the weeds also appeared. So the slaves of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Then where did the weeds come from?’ He said, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the slaves replied, ‘Do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, since in gathering the weeds you may uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I will tell the reapers, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned, but then gather the wheat into my barn.”’ ’ I tell you, look up and see that the fields are already white for harvest!  I sent you to reap what you did not work for; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.” ”.  For in this instance the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.

As they were leaving Jericho a large crowd followed them. They drew near to Jerusalem and came to mount Olive. Now while some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and offerings, Jesus said, “As for these things that you are gazing at, the days will come when not one stone will be left on another. All will be torn down!” So while he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that these things are about to take place?”

 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will mislead many..If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe him. False prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Remember I have told you ahead of time. So then, if someonesays to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’  do not go out, or ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe him. ’ Do not follow them!

 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains. Those who are inside the city must depart. Those who are out in the country must not enter it, because these are days of vengeance to fulfill all that is written. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing their babies in those days! For there will be great distress on the earth and wrath against this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away as captives among all nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

Then you will see the Son of Man arriving on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other  But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes

 I tell you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them. “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues. If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you. . “Then they will hand you over to be persecuted and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of my name. “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away They will put you out of the synagogue, yet a time is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. They will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.

 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of God belongs to them. “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me. And you will be brought before governors and kings because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. And you will be hated by everyone because of my name.. Now this happened to fulfill the word ‘They hated me without reason’ that is written in the law . . Whenever.they persecute you in one place, flee to another. . “Foxes have dens, and the birds in the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head: . I tell you the truth,  you will not finish going through all the towns on the earth before the Son of Man comes in his glory.,.. But the one who endures to the end will be saved  . Reach agreement quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. I tell you the truth, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. But whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well. And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, give him your coat also. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to the one who asks you, and do not reject the one who wants to borrow from you. “Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But accumulate for yourselves treasures in the kingdom of heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be like your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors do the same, don’t they? And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for these sums up the Law and the Prophets.

 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. You are the light of the world. Let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of God “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it. This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole inhabited earth as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come

.You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. Make sure that you are not alarmed, for this must happen, but the end is still to come. For nation will rise up in arms against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. For then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. But the person who endures to the end will be saved. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short. All these things are the beginning of birth pains. When a woman gives birth, she has distress because her time has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being has been born into the world. Immediately after the suffering of those days,. For just like the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so the coming of the Son of Man will be  And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other”. 

For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. And they knew nothing until the flood came and took them all away. It will be the same at the coming of the Son of Man. Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one left. There will be two women grinding grain with a mill; one will be taken and one left. “Therefore stay alert, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.

 “See that you do not disdain one of these little ones. What do you think? If someone owns a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go look for the one that went astray? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that one of these little ones be lost.”

 Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.  "Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.  After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.  "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.'  So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.I am no longer worthy to be called your son '  "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,  I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the king will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.’

 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels!. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat,  I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Then Jesus said them, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever. So if the son sets you free, you will be really free. “Your eyes are blessed because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it Thus your sadness will turn into joy.

Chapter 4

Now when they approached Jerusalem, a very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those following kept shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”  when they had gathered together, they began to ask him, “Lord, is this the time when you are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts.

While the people were listening to these things, Jesus proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.. he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. And he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business with these until I come back.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be king over us!’ When he returned after receiving the kingdom, he summoned these slaves to whom he had given the money. He wanted to know how much they had earned by trading. So the first one came before him and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And the king said to him, ‘Well done, good slave! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you will have authority over ten cities.’ Then the second one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has made five minas.’ So the king said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another slave came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina that I put away for safekeeping in a piece of cloth. For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’ The king said to him, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked slave! So you knew, did you, that I was a severe man, withdrawing what I didn’t deposit and reaping what I didn’t sow? Why then didn’t you put my money in the bank, so that when I returned I could have collected it with interest?’ And he said to his attendants, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has ten.’ But they said to him, ‘Sir, he has ten minas already!’ ‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more, but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and slaughter them in front of me!’”

 "But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.  "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."  After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: "Father, the time has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.  For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.  Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and me, whom you have sent.  I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.  "I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world.  I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.  I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name--the name you gave me--so that they may be one as we are one.   I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.  My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.  Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.  As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.  "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.  "Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.  I have made you known to them,

 As he entered Jerusalem the whole city was thrown into an uproar, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds were saying, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth in Galilee.” Then he began to teach them and said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have turned it into a den of robbers!”. Then Jesus entered Jerusalem and went to the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and buying in the temple courts He turned over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves, and he would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. Then the squad of soldiers with their commanding officer and the officers of the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus and tied him up. Now the ones who had arrested Jesus led him to Caiaphas, the high priest in whose house the experts in the law and the elders had gathered.

 The high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus replied Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said. They know what I said.” , “I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues and in the temple courts, where all the Jewish people assemble together. I have said nothing in secret. When Jesus had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck him on the face and said, “Is that the way you answer the high priest?” Jesus replied, “If I have said something wrong, confirm what is wrong But if I spoke correctly, why strike me?”  The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” He said to them, “If I tell you, you will not believe, and if I ask you, you will not1 answer.” So they all said, “Are you the Son of God, then?” He answered them, “You say that I am.The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for evidence against Jesus. Some stood up and gave this false testimony against him: “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple made with hands and in three days build another not made with hands.’” Yet even on this point their testimony did not agree. Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is this that they are testifying against you?” But he was silent and did not answer.Many gave false testimony against him, but their testimony did not agree.

Then they planned together to entrap him with his own words and asked him , “ tell us then, what do you think? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” But Jesus realized their evil intentions and said, “Hypocrites! Why are you testing me? Show me the coin used for the tax.” So they brought him a denarius. Jesus said to them, “Whose image is this, and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” He said to them, “Then give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Now when they heard this they were stunned

.So the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. If we allow him to go on in this way, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary and our nation.” Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, “You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is more to your advantage to have one man die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.

 

 Early in the morning, after forming a plan, the chief priests with the elders and the experts in the law and the whole Sanhedrin tied Jesus up, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.. So Pilate asked them, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man subverting our nation, forbidding us to pay the tribute tax to Caesar and claiming that he himself is Christ, a king.” When Pilate heard what they said, he was more afraid than ever, Pilate asked to Jesus, “Where do you come from?”.. What have you done?” But Jesus gave him no answer So Pilate said, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority to release you, and to crucify you.  Tell me, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You say so.”.  Pilate said to the Jews, “Look, here is your king!”. Everyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar”   Shall I crucify your king?”. People afraid Pilate and replied, “We have no king except Caesar!”. Then Pilate handed him over to be crucified.

So the soldiers led him into the palace (that is, the governor’s residence) and called together the whole cohort. They put a purple cloak on him and after braiding a crown of thorns, they put it on him. They began to salute him: “Hail, king of the Jews!” Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Then they knelt down and paid homage to him. When they had finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. And carrying his own cross Jesus went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” (called in AramaicGolgotha). There they crucified him along with two others, one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. Pilate put a notice on the cross above his head  with an inscription of the charge against him that read, “The king of the Jews”

Now when evening had already come, since it was the day of preparation (that is, the day before the Sabbath), Joseph of Arimathea, a highly regarded member of the council, who was himself looking forward to the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Pilate was surprised that he was already dead. He called the centurion and asked him if he had been dead for some time. When Pilate was informed by the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. After Joseph bought a linen cloth and took down the body, he wrapped it in the linen and placed it in a tomb cut out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone across the entrance of the tomb. Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus saw where the body was placed.

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him." Then Peter and the other disciple set out and went toward the tomb. The two were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent down to look in and saw the linen wrappings lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen wrappings lying there, and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen wrappings but rolled up in a place by itself, Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the scripture, that he must rise from the dead.  Then they went home, amazed at what had happened.

                            

 

 

 

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