CHAPTER 81: The Roman Trial Before Pilate


1.Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment, to Pontius Pilate, the governor. It was early, and they themselves did not go into the judgment hall, lest they should have their reputation sullied; and that they might keep the feast. 

2.Pilate went out to them and said, "What accusation do you bring against this man?" They answered, "If He were not becoming more prominent, we would not have delivered Him up to you. We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He wants to change the customs and rites which Moses delivered to us. He made himself the son of God." 

3.Then Pilate said to them, Take Him and judge Him according to your law, For he knew that they had delivered Him because of envy. 

4.The Jews therefore said to him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death. So the prophesy of Jesus, which He spoke, signifying what death He should die, was fulfilled. 

5.And further, they accused Him saying, "We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Cæsar, saying that He himself is Christ a king. 

6.Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again and called Jesus and said to Him, Are you the king of the Jews?" Jesus answered him, "Are you saying this by yourself, or did others say it about me?" 

7.Pilate, answered, "Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you to me; what have you done?" Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world; if my kingdom were of this world, then my servants would fight, to keep me from being delivered to the Jews; but my kingdom is not from here." 

8.Pilate therefore said to him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am, so therefore yes, a king I am. To this end was I born and for this cause did I come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears my voice." 

9.Pilate said to him "What is truth?" Jesus said, "Truth is from heaven." Pilate said, "Then truth is not on earth." Jesus responded to Pilate, "Believe that truth is on earth amongst those who receive and obey it. Those who judge righteously are of the truth." 

10.And when he had heard this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, "I find no fault at all in Him." And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders He answered nothing. 

11.Then said Pilate to Him "Don't you hear how many things they testify against you?" 

12.And He never answered a word. The governor marveled greatly, and again He said to them, "I find no fault in this man." 

13.And they looked to defeat him all the more fierce, saying, He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place." When Pilate heard of Galilee he asked, whether the man were a Galilæan. 

14.And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod's jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who himself also, was at Jerusalem at that time. 

15.And when Herod saw Jesus he was exceeding glad, for he was yearning to see Him for a long time, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. 

16.Then he questioned with Him in many words, but He answered nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him, and many false witnesses rose up against Him, and laid to his charge things that He knew nothing about. 

17.And Herod with his men of war set him in a gorgeous robe and sent him again to Pilate. And the same day Pilate and Herod became friends, for before they were at enmity between themselves. 

18.And Pilate went again into the judgment hall and said to Jesus, "From what place do you come?" But Jesus gave him no answer. Then said Pilate to him, "Don't you speak to me? Don't you know that I have power to crucify you, and have power to release you?" 

19.Jesus answered "You could not have any power against me, except it were given you from above, therefore he that delivered me to you hath the greater sin." 

20.And from that moment forth Pilate looked to release him; but the Jews cried out, saying, "If you let this man go you are not Cæsar's friend; whosoever makes himself a king speaks against Cæsar. 

21.And Pilate called together the chief priests and rulers of the people. When he sat down on the judgment seat his wife contacted him saying, "Have nothing to do with that just man, for I have suffered many things this day in a dream, because of Him." 

22.And Pilate said to them, "You have brought this man to me, as one that perverts the people; behold I have examined him before you, and have found no fault in this man, touching those things where of you accuse him. No, nor has Herod, for I sent you to him, and nothing worthy of death was found in him." 

23."But you have a custom that I should release to you one at the Passover, will you therefore that I release to you the king of the Jews?" 

24.Then they all cried our again, saying, "Not this man, but Bar-Abbas." Now Bar-Abbas was a robber. And, for sedition made in the city, and for murder, he was cast into prison. 

25.Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spoke again to them. Who of the two do you want me to release to you? Jesus Bar-Abbas, or Jesus which is called the Christ? They said, Bar-Abbas. 

26.Pilate said to them "What then shall I do with Jesus which is called the Christ?" They all say to him, "Let him be crucified." 

27.And the Governor said, "Why what evil has he done?" But they cried out all the more shouting, "Crucify him, crucify him." 

28.Pilate therefore went forth again and said to them "Behold, again, I bring him forth to you, that you may know that I find no fault in him." Again they cried out, "Crucify him, crucify him." 

29.And Pilate said to them, the third time, "Why what evil hath He done? I have found no cause for death in Him; I will therefore chastise Him, and let Him go." 

30.And they instantly shouted, demanding that He might be crucified. And their voices and of the chief priests prevailed. 

31.When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and she washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person; see you do it. 


33.Then all the people answered, and said, "His blood be on us, and on our children. And Pilate gave sentence that it should be as they required. And he delivered Jesus to their will.



                CHAPTER 82: The Crucifixion


1.Then he released Bar-Abbas to them, and when he had scourged Jesus he delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus to the common hall and gathered to Him the whole band of soldiers. 

2.And they stripped him and put a purple robe on him. And when they had plaited a crown of thorns they put it upon his head and a reed in his right hand, and they bowed the knee before him and mocked him, saying, Hail, king of the Jews! 

3.Then Jesus came forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, "Behold the man!" 

4.When the chief priest therefore and officers saw him, they cried out saying, "Crucify him, crucify him." And Pilate said to them," Take him and crucify him. I find no fault in him." 

5.And they spit upon Him and took the reed and hit Him on the head. And after they had mocked Him they took the robe off from Him, and put his own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. 

6.And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus. And that great company of people and of women followed him a, which also bewailed and lamented him. 

7.But Jesus, turning to them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold the days are coming in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren ,a d the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck. 

8.Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us. For it they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry. 

9.And there were also two other malefactors led with him to be put to death. And when they were come to a place called Calvary, and Golgotha, that is to say a place of a skull, there they crucified him; and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left. 

10.And it was the third hour when they crucified Him, and they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall, and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink and Jesus said, "Abba Amma, forgive them, for they know not what thy do." 

11.Then the soldiers, when they had crucified, Jesus, took His raiment and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his. Now the vesture was without seam woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be. 

12.That the scripture might be fulfilled, which said, "They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots." These things therefore the soldiers did. And sitting down they watched him there. 

13.And a superscription was also written over Him in letters of Greek and Latin and Hebrew, This is the king of the Jews 

14.Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near to the city, and it was written in Hebrew and Geek and Latin. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews,' but that, he said, 'I am the King of the Jews.' Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written." 

15.And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us." But the other rebuked him, saying, "Don't you fear God, seeing you are in the same condemnation. and we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds, but this man has done nothing amiss." 

16.And he said to Jesus, "Lord remember me when you get to your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, today you will be in paradise with me." 

17.And those who passed by reviled him, wagging their heads and saying, "You that would destroy the temple, and build it in three days, save yourself. If you are the son of God, come down from the Cross." 

18.Likewise also the chief priests mocked him, while the scribes and elders said, "He saved a lamb, himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross and we will believe him. He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him now, if He will have him, for He said, 'I am the son of God.'" 

19.The usurers and the dealers in beasts and birds also cast the life things into his teeth, saying, "You who drove the traders in oxen and sheep and doves from the temple, are yourself but a sheep that is sacrificed." 

20.Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over the land to the ninth hour, and some standing around, lighted their torches; for the darkness was very great. And about the sixth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani That is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?" 

21.Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, this man calls for Elias; others said, He calls on the Sun. The rest said, let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. 

22.Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother and his mother's sister, Mary, the wife of Cleaphas and Mary Magdalene. 

23.When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by whom he loved, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold you son!" And he said to the disciple, "Behold thy mother!" And from, that hour that disciple took her into his own home. 

24.After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said, "I am thirsty. And from a vessel they filled a sponge with vinegar and put it upon hyssop and put it to his mouth. 

25.And Jesus cried with aloud voice, saying, "Abba Amma, Into your hand I commend my spirit." 

26.When Jesus had therefore received the vinegar, he cried aloud, "It is finished;" and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost. And it was the ninth hour 

27.And behold there was great thunder and lightning and the partition wall of the holy place, from which hung the veil, fell down, and was torn in two, and the earth did quake, and the rocks also went split. 

28.Now then the centurion and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, "Truly this was a son of God." 

29.And many women were there who followed from Galilee, ministering to them, and among them were Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee's children and they lamented, saying, The light of the word is hidden from our eyes, the Lord our love is crucified. 

30.Then the Jews, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the Sabbath, for that was a Paschal Sabbath, besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. 

31.Then the soldiers came, and broke the legs of the two who were crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus, and saw that He was dead already, they did not break his legs, but one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his heart from which flowed blood and water. 

32.And he that saw it bare record and his record is true, and he knows that he said true, that you might believe. For these things were done that the Scriptures might be fulfilled- -A bone of him will not be broken, and again--In the midst of the week the Messiah shall be cut off.



                CHAPTER 83: The Burial of Jesus


1.Now, When the evening came, Joseph of Arimathæs an honorable councilor, who also waited for the kingdom of God, came and went in boldly to Pilate and craved the body of Jesus. (He was a good man and just, and had not consented to the council and their deed,). 

2.And Pilate marveled if he were already dead, and calling the centurion to him, he asked him whether he had been dead for a while. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. He came and took the body of Jesus. 

3.Nicodemus also came, who at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred weight. Then they took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury. 

4.Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new sepulcher, wherein a man had never lain. There they laid Jesus, and it was about the beginning of the second watch when they buried him, because of the Jews' preparation day, for the sepulcher was near to hand. 

5.And Mary Magdalene and the other Mary, and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where He was laid. There at the top they kept watch for three days and three nights. 

6.And the women also, who came with him from Galilee, followed after, bearing lamps in their hands and beheld the sepulcher and how his body was laid, and they lamented over him. 

7.And they returned and rested the next day, being a high day, and on the day following they brought and prepared spices and ointments and waited for the end of the Sabbath. 

8.Now the next day that followed, the chief priests and Pharisees came together to Pilate, saying "Sir, we remember that deceiver said, while He was yet alive, After three days I will rise again." 

9."Command that the sepulcher be made sure until the third day be past, lest his disciples come by night and steal him away, and say to the people, He is risen from the dead, so the last error shall be worst than the first." 

10.Pilate said to them, "You have a watch, go your way, make it as sure as you can." So they went and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone and setting a witch till the third day should be past.



                CHAPTER 84: The Resurrection of Jesus


1.Now after the Sabbath was ended and the dawn rose on the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalen to the sepulcher, bearing the spices which she had prepared; and there were others with her. 

2.And as they were going, they said among themselves, "who shall roll away the stone from the door of the sepulcher?" For it was great. And when they came to the place and looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away. 

3.For behold there was a great earthquake; and the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning and his raiment white as snow; and for fear of him the keepers did shake and became as dead men. 

4.And the angel answered and said to the women, "Fear not, for I know that you seek Jesus, who was crucified. He is not there; for he is risen, as he said." 

5."Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall you see him; lo, I have told you." 

6.And they entered in and found no the body of Jesus. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. 

7.And they ran and came to the sepulcher, and looking in, they saw the linen clothes lying, and the napkin that had been about his head not lying with white linen clothes, but wrapped up in a place by itself. 

8.They were very perplexed, look, two angels stood by them in glistening garments of white, and said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen, and , behold, He goeth before you into Galilee, there will you see him." 

9.Don't you remember how He spoke to you, when he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man should be crucified and that he would rise again after the third day." And they remembered his words. And they went out quickly and fled from the sepulcher, for they trembled with amazement, and they were afraid. 

10.Now at the time of the earthquake, the graves were opened; and many of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the city and appeared to many. 

11.But Mary stood outside at the sepulcher weeping, and as she wept she again stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher and saw two angels in white garments, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?" 

12.She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I don't know where they have laid him. And when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, and did not know that it was Jesus.

13.Jesus said to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Whom do you seek?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned around and said to him, "Rabboni;" which is to say, Master. 

14.Jesus said to her, "Don't touch me, for I am not yet ascended to my Father and my Mother, but go, to my brothers, and say to them, I ascend to my Parent and your Parent; to my God and your God." 

15.And Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things to her, and commanded her to announce His resurrection from the dead.



                CHAPTER 85: Jesus Appears To Two At Emmaus


1.And behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs, and they talked together of all these things which had happened. 

2.And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were restrained that they should not know Him. 

3.And He said to them, "What manner of communications are these that you have one with another, as you walk and are sad?" 

4.And the one of them whose name was Cleophas, responded, saying to him, "Are you only a stranger in Jerusalem and don't know what has happened in these days?" And he said to the, "What things?" 

5.And they said to him, "Concerning Jesus of Nazareth who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been He who should have redeemed Israel; and beside all this three days have passed since these things were done." 

6.Yea, and certain women also of our company astonished us, They were at the sepulcher early; and when they did not find his body, they came saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive." 

7.And certain of them who were with us went to the sepulcher, and found it even so as the women had said; but they did not see Him." 

8.Then He said to them "O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken; Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and then to enter into his glory?" 

9."And beginning at Moses and all the preheats, he expounded to them in all the sprinters, the things concerning himself." 

10.And they drew near to the village where they were going; and He made as though He would have gone further. But they constrained Him saying, "Abide with us, for it is close to evening, and the day is far spent. And He went in to stay with them. 

11.And it came to pass as He sat at the table with them, He took bread and the fruit of the vine, and gave thanks, blessed, and broke, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. 

12.And they said one to another, "Did not our heats burn within us while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened the scriptures to us?" And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the twelve gathered together, and those who were with them, saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon." 

13.And they told what things were done in the way and how He was known of them in braking of bread. Now while they had been going to Emmaus, some of the watch came into the city, and showed to Caiaphas what things had been done. 

14.And they assembled with the elders and took council and said, "Behold, while the soldiers slept, some of his disciples came and took his body away; and is not Joseph of Arimathea one of his disciples?" 

15."For this cause then did he beg the body from Pilate that he might bury it in his garden in his own tomb. Let us therefore give money to the soldiers, telling them to say, 'His disciples came by night and stole him away while we slept.' And if this comes to the ears of the governor we will persuade him, and secure you."



                CHAPTER 86: Jesus Appears in the Temple and 

Blood Sacrifices Cease 


1.The same day, at the time of sacrifice in the temple, there appeared among the dealers in beasts and in birds, One clothed in white raiment, bright as light, and in His hand a whip of seven cords. 

2.And at the sight of Him, those who sold and bought fled in terror, and some of them fell as dead men, for they remembered how before His death Jesus had driven them away from the temple enclosure, in like manner. 

3.And some declared that they had seen a spirit. And others that they had seen Him who was crucified and that He had risen from the dead. 

4.And the sacrifices ceased that day in the temple, for all were in fear, and none could were willing to sell or to boy, but, rather, they let their captives go free. 

5.And the priests and elders caused a report to be spread, that they who had seen it were drunken, and had seen nothing. But many affirmed that they had seen Him with their own eyes, and felt the scourge on their backs, but were powerless to resist; for when some of the bolder among them put forth their hands, they could not seize the form which they beheld, nor grasp the whip which chastised them. 

6.And from that time, these believed in Jesus, that He was sent from God, to deliver the oppressed and free those that were bound. And they turned from their ways and sinned no longer. 

7.To others He also appeared in love and mercy and healed them by His touch, and delivered them from the hands of the persecutor. And many like things were reported of Him, and many said," Of a truth the kingdom is come." 

8.And some of those who had slept and risen, when Jesus rose from the dead appeared, and were seen by many in the holy city, and great fear fell upon the wicked, but light and gladness came to the righteous in heart.



                CHAPTER 87: Jesus Appears to His Disciples


1.Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be to you." But they were frightened and supposed that they had seen a spirit. 

2.And He said to them, "Behold, it is I myself, like as you have seen me aforetime (before time) . A spirit can indeed appear in flesh and bones as you see me. Behold my hands and my feet, handle and see. 

3.And when He had so said, He showed them his hands and his heart. Then the disciples were glad, when they saw the Lord. 

4.For Thomas, Called Didymus, one of the disciples, had said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his heart, I will not believe." Then He said to Thomas, "Behold my hands, my heart, and my feet; reach here with your hands. Don't be faithless, but believing." 

5.And Thomas answered and said to Him "My Lord and my God!" And Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen me, you believe; blessed are they who have not seen and yet have believed." 

6.Then said Jesus to them again. "Peace be with you, as Abba Amma has sent me, so I send you." And when he had said this he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Ghost; preach the Gospel, and announce to all nations the resurrection of the son of Man." 

7."Teach the holy law of love which I have delivered to you. And who so ever forsake their sins, they are remitted to them, and who so ever continues in their sins they are retained to them." 

8.Baptize those who believe and repent, bless and anoint them, and offer the pure Oblation of the fruits of the earth, which I have appointed to you for a memorial of me." 

9."I have given my body and my blood to be offered on the cross for the redemption of the world from the sin against love, and from the bloody sacrifices and feasts of the past." 

10.And you will offer the bread of life, and the wine of salvation, for a pure Oblation with incense, as it is written of me, and you shall eat and drink thereof, for a memorial, that I have delivered all who believe in me from the ancient bondage of your ancestors." 

11."For they, making a god of their belly, sacrificed to their God the innocent creatures of the earth, in place of the carnal nature within themselves." 

12."And eating of their flesh and drinking of their blood to their own destruction, corrupted their bodies and shortened their days, even as the Gentiles who did not know the truth, or who knowing it, have changed it into a lie." 

13."As I send you, so send others also, to do these things in my name. "And he laid his hands upon them. 

14.In the like manner as the Apostles, so also be ordained prophets and Evangelists and Pastors, a holy priesthood; and afterwards he laid his hand upon those whom they chose for Deacons, one for each of the four-fold twelve. 

15.And these are for the rule and guidance of the Church Universal, that all may be perfected in their places in the Unity of the body of Christ.



                CHAPTER 88: The Eighth Day After the Resurrection


1.And after seven days again, his disciples were within the upper room; then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be to you," and He was known to them in the holy memorial. 

2.And He said to them, "Love you one another and all the creatures of God, Yet I say to you, not all are men, who are in the form of man. Are they men or women in the image of God whose ways of violence, of oppression and wrong, who choose a lie rather than the truth?

3."No, truly, till they are born again, and receive the spirit of love and wisdom within their hearts. Then only are they sons and daughters of Israel, and being of Israel they are children of God, And for this cause came I into the world, and for this I have suffered at the hands of sinners." 

4."These are the words which I spoke to you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me." 

5.And Jesus said, "I stood in the midst of the world, and in the flesh was I seen and heard, and I found all men glutted with their own pleasures, and drunk with their own follies, and none found I hungry or thirsty for the wisdom which is of God. My soul grieves over the sons and daughters of men because they are blind in their heart, and in their soul are they deaf and don't hear my voice." 

6.Then he opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. And said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it behooved the Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead after the third day. And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in your name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things." 

7."And, behold, I send the promise of my Parent upon you, even of my Father One with my Mother, whom you have not seen on the earth. For I say to you of a truth, as the whole world has been ruined by the sin and vanity of woman, so by the simplicity and truth of woman will it be saved, even by you will it be saved." 

8."Rejoice therefore and be glad, for you are more blessed than all who are on earth, for it is you, my twelve thousand who shall save the whole world." 

9."Again I say to you when the great tyrant and all the seven tyrants began to fight in vain against the light, they knew with whom or what they fought." 

10."For they saw nothing beyond a dazzling light, and when they fought they expended their strength, one against another, and so it is." 

11."For this cause I took a fourth part of their strength, so that they might not have such power, and prevail in their evil deeds." 

12."For by involution and evolution shall the salvation of all the world be accomplished; by the descent of spirit into matter, and the ascent of matter into spirit, through the ages."



                CHAPTER 89: Jesus Appears at the Sea of Galilee


1.After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and in this way showed he himself. There were together Simon, Peter, and Thomas, called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and James and John and two other of his disciples. 

2.And Peter said to them, I'm going fishing. Thy said to him, We will also go with you." They went forth and entered into a ship immediately, and that night they caught nothing. And when the morning had come, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 

3.Then Jesus said to them, "Children, have you any meat?" They answered Him, "No, Lord, not enough for all; there is naught but a small load, a little oil, and a few dried fruits." And he said to them "Let these suffice; come and dine." 

4.And He blessed them, and they ate and were filled, and there was a pitcher of water also, and He blessed it likewise, and lo, it was the fruit of the vine. 

5.And they marveled, and said, "It is the Lord." And none of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" Knowing it was the Lord. 

6.This is now the sixth time that Jesus showed himself to his disciples, after he had rising from the dead. So when they had dined, Jesus said to Peter, "Son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?" He said to him, "Yea, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my lambs." He said to him again the second time, "Peter, son of Jonas, do you love me?" He said to him "Yea, Lord, you know that I love you." He said to him, "Feed my sheep." 

7.He said to him the third time, "Peter, son of Jonas, do you love me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, Do you love me? And he said to him, " Lord, you know all things; You know that I love you." 

8.Jesus said to him, "Feed my flock You are a rock from the Rock, and on this rock will I build my church, and I will raise you above my twelve to be my vicegerent upon earth for a center of unity to the twelve, and another shall be called and chosen to fill your place among the twelve, and you will be the servant of servants and will feed my rams, my sheep and my lambs." 

9."And yet another will rise and he will teach many things which I have taught you already, and he will spread the Gospel among the Gentiles with great zeal. But the keys of the kingdom will I give to those who succeed you in my spirit and obeying my law." 

10."And again I say to you. When you were young you girded yourself and walked where ever you wanted to, but when you will be old, you will stretch your hands forth and another will gird you, and carry you where ever you would not go." This He said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. 

11.And when he had spoken this He said to him, "Follow me." Then Peter, turning about, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following. Peter seeing him, said to Jesus, "Lord and what will this man do?" Jesus said to him "If I will that he waits till I come, what is that to thee? Follow me." 

12.The teaching went abroad among the brothers, that the disciple should not die; yet Jesus did not say to him, "He shall not die, but, if I will that he stays till I come, what is that to thee."



                CHAPTER 90: What is Truth


1.Again the twelve were gathered together in the circle of palm trees, and one of them even Thomas asked the others, "What is Truth? For the same things appear different to different minds, and even to the same mind at different times. What, then, is Truth?" 

2.And as they were speaking Jesus appeared in their midst and said, "Truth, one and absolute, is in God alone, for no man, neither any body of men, knows that which God alone knows, who is the All in All. To men is truth revealed, according to their capacity to understand and receive." 

3."The One truth has many sides, and one sees one side only, another, and some see more than others, according as it is given to them." 

4.Behold this crystal; how the one light is manifest in twelve faces, yea four times twelve, and each face reflects one ray of light, and one regards one face, and another, another, but it is the one crystal, and the one light that shines in all." 

5."Behold again, When one climbs a mountain and attaining one height, he says, this is the top of the mountain, let us reach it, and when they have reached that height, lo, they see another beyond it until they come to that height from which no other height is to be seen, if so be they can attain it." 

6."So it is with truth. I am the truth and the way and the life, and have given to you the truth which I have received from above. And that which is seen and received by one, is not seen and received by another. That which appears true to some, seems not true to others. They who are in the valley don't see what they who are on the hill top see." 

7."But to each, it is the truth as the one mind seeth it, and for that time, till a higher truth shall be revealed to the same; and to the soul which receives higher light, shall be given more light. Wherefore don't condemn others, that you not be condemned." 

8."As you keep the holy law of love, which I have given to you, so will the truth be revealed more and more to you, and the spirit of truth which comes from above will guide you, albeit through many wanderings, into all truth, even as the fiery cloud guided the children of Israel through the wilderness." 

9."Be faithful to the light you have, till a higher light is given to you. Seek more light, and you will have abundantly; rest not, until you find." 

10."God gives you all truth, as a ladder with many steps, for the salvation and perfection of the soul, and the truth which seems today, you will abandon for the higher truth tomorrow. Press toward perfection." 

11."Who so keeps the holy law which I have given, the same will save their souls, however differently they may see the truths which I have given." 

12."Many will say to me, "Lord, Lord, we have been zealous for your truth. But I will say to you, NO! but, that others may see as you see, and none other truth beside. Faith without charity is dead. Love is the fulfilling of the law." 

13."How will faith in what they receive profit them that hold it in unrighteousness? They who have love have all things, and without love there is nothing worth. Let each hold what they see to be the truth in love, knowing that where love is not, truth is a dead letter and profits nothing." 

14."There abide goodness, and truth, and beauty, but the greatest of these is goodness. If any have hatred to their fellows, and harden their hearts to the creatures of God's hands, how can they see truth to salvation, seeing their eyes are blinded and their hearts are hardened to God's creation." 

15."As I have received the truth, so have I given it to you. Let each receive it according to their light and ability to understand, and don't persecute those who receive it after a different interpretation." 

16."For truth is the might of God, and it shall prevail in the end over all errors. But the holy law which I have given is plain for all, and just and good, Let all observe it for the salvation of their souls."



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