While on this earth, Jesus Christ performed many signs, preached to great multitudes, and taught his disciples that He was on a rescue mission to save men from sin and doom and to restore them to divine fellowship and holiness. Because of his grace and his ultimate death by crucifiction; fallen man becomes qualified to abide in God and the eternal mansions promised in John, Chapter 14, verses 2 and 3.
The Hebrews were looking for their coming Redeemer, but they wanted proof of Jesus' claim that he was in fact the promised Old Testament Messiah. The apostle John in this book presents these verifications. John witnesses and documents the signs and miracles that Jesus performed including: turning water into wine, driving merchants and sacrificial animals from the temple, healing the nobleman's son afar off, healing the impotent man on the Sabbath, feeding the five thousand followers with multiplied fishes and loaves, walking on the sea, healing the man born blind, and raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus reveals His power and glory as the divine bearer of redemptive grace. Jesus is the great, "I am," the only hope of an otherwise hopeless race. Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh. The chief priests and the Pharisees while greatly amazed with these signs and miracles, yet were highly skeptical of Jesus and conspired to kill him ("If we let him go on like this, all men will believe in HIm, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation": John 12:48 NASB). Jesus was eventually betrayed by one of his own disciples, arrested by the Jews and given a crude mock trial, he was severely beaten and brutalized and then crucified to a painful death nailed to a wooden cross. He was buried in a tomb by one of his disciples, Joseph of Arimathea. On the third day following his death, Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb while it was still dark and the huge stone had been taken away from the tomb. Mary discovered that Jesus was gone, all that remained in the tomb were the customary Jewish burial linen wrappings. Jesus Christ had risen from the dead! Jesus first manifested himself to Mary Magdalene. He also manifested himself to his disciples before his ultimate ascension into Heaven to be with his Heavenly Father. He answered their many questions and instructing them: "Peace be with you as the Father has sent me, I also send you" and when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit", if you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained".
And, all God's children said: AMEN.
- The Holy Bible
- The Wedding At Cana
- The Way Home
- Davinci Code
- The Way Of The Cross --mysterious Catholic Ritual