The book of John paraphrased by Nigel Malka.
Why did I write this book?
In John gospel Jesus says again and again, ‘This is the truth.” Many people say they know ‘The Truth’, but too often it is their own view of what truth is. I am no different however I do find that the words of Jesus hold a real sense of truth that no other person has when explaining ‘The purpose of life’ and the way we ought to live. So to know the truth I would recommend to study what Jesus said and do with others who have a like desire and are able to openly and honestly search for a loving relationship with God, His Son The Spirit of God, and with his fellow man. Of course there are dangers in doing this in a group particular when one or more people are convinced they know what that truth is and want others to agree with them, but if in doubt about anything ask The Holy Spirit to guide you.
I doubt if two people who have ever lived believe exactly the same things, but we can have a personal relationship with God that allows us to live our lives in fellowship with one another knowing we are following the command of Jesus, God’s Son who told us to love one another.
By the way I’m not an academic just a follower of a Jew who was named Joshua by his mother and step father, Mary and Joseph. He then preached The Word of God not as a priest but as itinerate preacher and proved by his teaching, his healing, his miracles, his death and his resurrection that he was indeed The Son of God. In writing about his life using the Greek language his name became Jesus becoming the best know name throughout the world over two millennium.
May The Holy Spirit of God give the gifts of understanding and wisdom to all those who read the words about God, His Son and his ways. I would recommend that the book is read in one go, it take about an hour and a half and this allows a familiarly with the subject that you don’t have when reading it a bit at a time, plus it’s a good read, so enjoy it.
John memories of the life of Joshua.
1-14 In the beginning was The Word,
The Word was with God,
The Word was God,
The Word was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through God,
Without Him nothing can be made,
He has made what has been made.
In The Word, life dwells,
Life that is the light of men,
That Light shines in the darkness,
The darkness did not understand The Light.
A man named John was sent by God,
Sent to be a witness testifying to The Light,
So through The Light, all men might believe.
John was not The Light,
He was sent to be a witness for The Light,
The true light that gives light,
To every man coming into the world.
The Word was in the world,
The world was made though The Word,
The Word was not recognise by the world.
Joshua came to his own,
But his own did not accept him,
To those who accepted him,
He gave the right to become God’s children.
To those who believe in him,
Those are born not of flesh or blood,
Nor in the desire of flesh or man, but born of God.
The Word became human and lived among us,
We witnessed his glory,
The glory of The only Son of The Father,
The Father being full of grace and truth.
15-18 John testified about him, proclaiming, “This is the one I said, ‘He was before me, is my master and yet comes after me’.”
We are all able to take advantage of the many blessing Joshua has given by his all encompassing grace. Moses brought the law, Joshua who is the Messiah brought grace and truth. God’s Son is alone in having seen him and it was he who revealed God to us.
19-20 When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask John who he was, he replied honestly and openly, “I am not the Messiah.”
21-23 They then asked him who he was, if he was Elijah? He replied, “I am not.”
Asked next if he was the Prophet, He answered, “No.”
Finally they said, “Then who are you? Tell us so we can tell those who sent us, what you say about yourself?
Using the words of Isaiah the prophet John replied, “I am the voice calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the Lord’s way’.”
24-27 Pharisees then asked him, “If you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why are you baptising?”
John answered “I baptise with water, but standing among you is one you do not know. He is the one who I have been telling you about, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28-31 This occurred on the opposite side of the Jordan to Bethany to where John was baptising.
When John saw Joshua approaching he called out, “Open your eyes and see the Lamb of God. It is he who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I spoke of when I said, `A greater man who was before me will appear.’ I did not know him, I came to reveal him to Israel and I baptised you with water so to make you take notice.”
32-34 John continued with his testimony saying: “I witnessed the Spirit of God fall on him from heaven as a dove and it did not depart. I would not have known who he was, if the one who sent me to baptise with water hadn’t told me. ‘He who you now see has the Spirit of God fall upon him and then remain will baptise with the Holy Spirit.’ This I have now seen and so testify he is The Son of God.”
35-36 The next day John was in the same place with two of his disciples as Joshua passed by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37-39 When the two disciples heard John’s words, they followed Joshua.
Joshua saw them following and turning asked, “What is it you want?”
They answered, “Teacher where are you staying?”
Joshua then replied “Come with me and you will see.”
They went with him to where he stayed, it was about four in the afternoon and they spent the rest of day with him.
40-42 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother was one of the two who heard what John had said and followed Joshua. He immediately went to find his brother and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which translated means the Messiah.) He then took Simon to meet Joshua.
Joshua looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of Jonas and will be called Cephas.” (translated this becomes Peter.)
The next day Joshua decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and asked Philip to follow him. Andrew, Peter and Philip were all from the town of Bethsaida.
44- 46 Philip went and found Nathanael and said to him, “The one Moses wrote about in the Law and who the prophets also wrote about has appeared, he is Joshua of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
Nathanael retorted, “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?”
“Come and see!” Philip replied.
47-49 On seeing Nathanael Joshua declared, “There is nothing false about this true Israelite.”
Nathanael asked, “How do you know me?”
“When you were still beneath the fig tree and before Philip called you, I saw you,” Joshua answered.
Nathanael exclaimed, “Teacher, you are The Son of God! You are Israel’s king.”
50-51 Joshua then said, “You believe in me, just because I said I had seen you beneath a fig tree. I assure you that you will see greater things. The truth is you will see heaven open, with angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
1-5 Joshua along with his mother and his disciples attended a wedding at Cana in Galilee. On the third day Joshua’ mother came to him and told him the wine had run out.
Joshua replied, “This does not concern us, why involve me for my time has not yet come?”
“Do what he asks,” she told the servants.
6-8 There were six stone water jars standing close by each holding between twenty to thirty gallons. They were used for ceremonial washing by the Jews.
The servants obeyed Joshua when he requested the jars be filled with water and when he told them, “Draw some off and take it to the Master of the banquet.”
9-10 The servants knowing what had happened did not tell the Master of the feast. When he tasting the water that had been turned into wine and not realising where it had come from. He spoke to the bridegroom and said, “It is expected the best wine is served first and after the guests are a little drunk then the less expensive wines would follow. Whereas now, you bring out the best.”
11-13 Joshua revealed his glory for the first time at Cana in Galilee. His disciples put their faith in him because of this miraculous sign. Then travelling with his mother, brothers and disciples he went down to Capernaum and stayed there a few days before going on to the Jewish Passover at Jerusalem.
14-17 In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, plus others sitting at tables exchanging money. Making a whip out of cords he drove them from the temple as well as the sheep and cattle. He overturned the tables of the money changers and scattered their coins. To the dove sellers he exclaimed, “Take these away! Do not make The Father’s house a market!”
His disciples remembered a prophecy from Scripture: ‘I will be consumed with passion for your house’.
18-21 The Jews demanded, “Can you prove to us by some miraculous sign you have the authority to do this?”
Joshua answered, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it again.”
Replying the Jews said, “You can raise this temple in three days when it took forty-six years to build?”
But he spoke about his body being the temple.
22-25 His disciples remembered this after he had been raised from the dead Then they believed the Scripture and the statements Joshua made. While at the Passover Feast in Jerusalem many people came to believe in him because Joshua did so many miraculous things. Joshua however did not trust their commitment for no-one needed to tell him what people were like for he already knew.
1-4 Nicodemus, a Pharisees and an influential Jewish leader, came to visit Joshua one night. He said, “Rabbi, we accept you have been sent by God to teach us. No-one could perform the miracles you do, unless God is with them.
Joshua replied saying, “This is the truth, to see the Kingdom of God you will have to be born again.”
Nicodemus then asked, “When a man is old, how can he be reborn? Can he enter into his mothers womb a second time to be born?”
5-8 Joshua answered, “This is the truth, unless a man is born of water and of The Spirit, he will not be able to enter the kingdom of God. Flesh reproduces flesh and only the Spirit reproduces Spirit. Why be surprised when I say, ‘You have be born again’? Just as the wind blows as it pleases, you will hear its sound but you will not know where it has come from or where it will go. This is same as with people born of the Spirit.”
9-12 Nicodemus asked, “How is this possible?”
Joshua replied, “You do not understand and yet you teach to Israel. This is the truth, we know what we are speaking of, we testify to what we have witnessed and yet you do not accept our evidence. You do not believe me when I speak about your daily lives so how can you believe when I tell you about God’s world?
13-15 Only the Son of Man who came from heaven has been to heaven. As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so too must the Son of Man be lifted up. Then those who believe in him will be given eternal life.
16-21 For God loved the world so much he gave his only Son and whoever believes in him will have eternal life and never perish. God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but rather that through him he might save it. Anyone who believes in him is not judged, but those who do not believe are condemned, because they have not trusted in the name of God’s only Son.
The judgement is this; the light has entered the world, but because men prefer doing evil, they love the darkness rather than the light. Those who do evil hate the light, for they fear that coming into the light will expose what they do. But those who live by the truth will enter the light, so all can see what has been done and been achieved through God.”
22-26 Joshua and his disciples then went round the countryside of Judea spending time together and many people came to be baptised. Before John was put in prison he was at Aenon near Salim. The water there was plentiful, allowing him to baptise a constant stream of people. An argument arose between a Jew and one of John’s disciples regarding purification and they went to John for clarification. They said, “Teacher, The man you told us about and you were with on the other side of the Jordan is now baptising and people are going to him.”
27-30 John answered, “A man only receives what has been granted from heaven. You have heard me say I am not the Messiah, I’ve been sent ahead of him. The bridegroom has the bride. a bridegroom’s friend will wait and listen then rejoice when the bridegroom speaks. I am now completely filled with joy, as he becomes greater, then I must become less.
31-34 He, who has come from above, is above all. He, who is from the world, belongs to the world and speaks as one of the world. The one who has come from heaven is superior to all. He witnesses to all he has seen and heard but no one believes what he says. Those who do accept his words acknowledge the truth is in God. The one who speaks the word of God, has been sent by God. He has been given His Spirit without limit.
35-36 The Father loves his only Son and has entrusted everything into his hands. He who believes on The Son will be given eternal life. Those who do not believe will be subject to God’s wrath and will not have his life within them.
1- 4 It was Joshua’ disciples who were baptising and the Pharisees believed Joshua was gaining and baptising more followers than John. When Joshua realised this he left Judea and returned to Galilee via Samaria.
5-8 Joshua came to the plot of ground where Jacob’s Well was, it was about mid-day (Jacob had given this to his son Joseph). The place was close to Sychar, a town in Samaria. Joshua was tired from his journey and sat down next to the well. His disciples had gone into the town to buy food when a Samaritan woman came to draw water from the well. Joshua spoke to her, saying, “Will you give me a drink?”
9-12 The women remarked, “Why are you, a Jew asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?” Jews have nothing to do with Samaritans.
Joshua replied, “If you knew who was asking you for a drink and the gift God has for you, then you would ask and he would give you living water.”
She said, “Sir, the well is deep and you have nothing to draw water with, where can you find this living water? Are you greater than our forefather Jacob? He gave us this well that he, his sons, his flocks and his herds drank from.”
13-15 “Those who drink from this well will be thirsty again,” Joshua answered and continuing said, “those who drink the water I give, will never thirst again. For the water I give will be as a spring within, welling up to become eternal life.”
The women then asked, “Sir, give me this water so I won’t become thirsty and then I need never return again to draw water.”
16-18 Joshua then requested, “Go an bring your husband here.”
She answered, “I have no husband.”
“You are right to say you have no husband, you’ve had five husbands and the man you are living with now is not your husband,” Joshua replied, then he said, “you have told me he truth.”
19-20 The women responded, “Sir, you must be a prophet! This mountain is where our forefathers worshiped, yet you Jews insist we should worship in Jerusalem.”
21-24 “Women, believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem,” Joshua remarked, then explained, “Samaritans worship what they do not know, Jews worship what they know, for salvation comes from the Jews. Now and in the future, genuine followers will worship The Father in truth and in the Spirit. These are the worshipers sought by of Father. God is a spiritual being and his followers must worship in truth and in the Spirit.”
25-26 The woman replied, “I understand the Messiah and Anointed one will come. When he does he will make everything understood.”
Joshua then said to her, “I am that one who is speaking to you now.”
27-30 It was then his disciples returned and they wondered why he was talking to the woman. Even so, none asked why he was talking to the women or what they had been discussing.
The women, leaving her jar went back into the town and spoke to the people, “Come and meet a man who has told me everything I have ever done. Is this not the Messiah?”
The people left the town and went to see him.
31-33 As this was happening his disciples urged him to eat something. But he assured them, saying “You have no idea concerning the food I eat.”
The disciple asked one another whether someone had already given him some food.
34-38 Joshua said to them, “Doing the will of God is my food, He sent me to complete his work. You would say the harvest is in four months, yet I tell you to open your eyes, look at the fields and see they are ripe for harvest. Already the reaper sees his wages as he gathers the crop for eternal life. Because of this, the sower and the reaper share their joy. It is true to say, one sows while another reaps. I have sent you to reap what you have not toiled over. You will reap and take advantage of others’ labour.
39-43 Because the woman declared, “He told me everything I’ve ever done,” many Samaritans from the town came to believe. The Samaritans came to Joshua and asked him to stay with them, which he did for two days. Because of what he told them many people came to believe in him. They then told the women, “We no longer believe because of what you told us, for we have heard him ourselves and we now know he is the Saviour of the world.”
Joshua after two days left for Galilee.
44-45 Joshua declared a prophet has no honour in his own country, yet when coming into Galilee he was welcomed by the Galileans; for they had been in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast and witnessed all he had done.
46-50 In Galilee, Joshua returned to Cana where he had changed the water into wine. The son of the King’s official was sick in Capernaum. His father learnt Joshua had come from Judea into Galilee and he went to him because his son was near death and begged Joshua to go with him and heal his son.
Joshua said to him, “You people will not believe unless you witness miracles and signs.”
The King’s official pleaded, “Sir, come now, before he dies.”
Joshua answered, “Go, your son will live!”
The man trusted Joshua and left.
51-54 On his journey home, his servants met him and told him his son was healed. When he asked them the time the boy recovered they told him, “The fever went yesterday at about the seventh hour.”
The father remembered this was the same time Joshua told him, “Your son will live.” After this he and his household believed in Joshua.
This was Joshua’ second miracle since entering Galilee from Judea.
1-3 After some time Joshua went to Jerusalem because of another Jewish feast. In the city there is a pool the Jews call Bethesda close to the Sheep Gate. It has five alcoves and a great number of sick people laying around, some blind, some lame and some paralysed.
4-8 One man had been there for thirty-eight years and when Joshua saw him and realised for all that time he had been lying there ill and said to him, “Do you really want to recover?”
The sick man answered, “Sir, when the water is disturbed no-one will help me and when I try to enter someone steps down before me.
Joshua told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat and walk.”
9-13 Immediately the man was healed, he picked his mat up and walked away. This happened on the Sabbath. The Jews said the man, “Today is a Sabbath, it’s unlawful to carry your mat.”
The man replied, “I was told by the man who healed me, to pick up my mat and walk.”
“Who is this person who told you to pick up your mat and walk?” they demanded to know.
Joshua had moved into the crowd and the man who had been healed didn’t know who he was.
14-18 When Joshua saw him later in the temple he told him, “You are now well, stop sinning, otherwise what could happen to you will be far worse.”
The man left and told the Jews it was Joshua who healed him. The Jews persecuted Joshua since he did these things on the Sabbath.
Joshua told them, “My Father is always working, even now and I too must work the same as him.”
The Jews were then determined to kill him as he had broken their Sabbath law and dared to call God his Father and so in their eyes giving himself equality to God.
19-21 Joshua replied with this statement, “This is the truth, The Son cannot do anything. He does only what he sees his Father doing, whatever The Father does, The Son does also. Because he loves him, The Father shows his Son everything he does. You will marvel at what he does and they will be far greater than these things. As the Father gives life to the dead, so also may The Son give life to whom he pleases.
22-25 “The Father does not judge, instead he has given to The Son all judgements. This is so all may give honour to The Son, just as The Father is honoured. The person who does not honour The Son dishonours The Father, who sent him. This is the truth; the person who listens to my message and trusts the one who sent me possesses eternal life; he will not be condemned and has already passed from death to life. This is the truth, now and in the future, the words of The Son of God will be heard and those who listen will live.
26-30 “As The father has life within him, so he allows The Son to have life within him and being a Son of Man granted him authority to judge. There is no need to be astonished, soon all those who are in graves shall hear The Son’s voice and rise. Those who have done good will live again; those who have done evil will be condemned. I do nothing of my own accord. I judge fairly as The Father taught me and this I do to please him, not myself.
31-35 “My testimony would not be valid, if I testify on my own behalf, yet another testifies for me and I know what he says is true. When you asked him John witnessed to The Truth, yet I do not rely on mere human testimony and tell you this so you may be saved. Like a lamp shining, John gave you light and for a short time you welcomed the light.
36-38 “My testimony is far greater than John’s. I have been given work to complete by The Father and in doing it, I provide confirmation the Father sent me. The Father who sent me has personally testified about me. You never listen to him, nor have you a vision of him, nor have you his word within you and this is because you do not believe in the one he sent.
39-42 “You carefully study the Scriptures for you suppose eternal life can be found by them. These Scriptures tell you about me and yet you are unwilling to come to me so you might have life. Men’s praise means nothing to me for I know you, I know the Love of God is not within you.
43-47 “I have come to you in The Father’s name and I’m rejected and yet you will accept someone coming in his own name. How can you believe when you accept each other’s praise but you do not seek the honour that is from God alone? Don’t suppose I will go to the Father and accuse you, for Moses will be the one who will accuse you, the one you have put your trust in. If you had believed in Moses then you would believe in me because he wrote about me. As you do not accept what he wrote, how can you accept what I am saying?”
1-4 Joshua then crossed the Sea of Galilee (also know as the Sea of Tiberias). A great crowd followed him for they had seen his miracles in healing the sick. Joshua climbed up the mountainside and sat down there with his disciples. This was at the time when the Jews celebrated Passover.
5-9 When Joshua noticed a great crowd approaching, he asked Philip, “Where can we buy bread so all these people might eat?” This was asked as a test, for he had already decided what he was about to do.
Philip replied, “Two hundred denarii would not buy sufficient bread for everyone to eat even a little.”
Another disciple, Simon Peter’s brother Andrew said, “There is a young boy here with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but these are too few among so many.”
10-13 Joshua said to them, “Make the people sit down.” The place was a pasture with plenty of thick grass.
There were about five thousand men seated. Joshua took the loaves and the fishes, gave thanks and then had distributed to everyone who were seated as much as they wanted. When there all had finished eating, he asked his disciples to gather the food that was left over adding, “Let nothing be wasted.”
From the pieces left over from the crowd who had eaten the five barley loaves, they gathered together twelve full baskets.
14-15 When the people saw the miracle Joshua performed, they said, “This must be the prophet who is to due to appear.”
Knowing the crowd wanted to make him King, Joshua returned alone to the mountainside.
16-21 At dusk Joshua’ disciples went to the lakeside and took a boat across to Capernaum. It had become dark but Joshua hadn’t joined them. A gale was blowing and the crossing became very rough. After rowing about four miles, they saw Joshua walking on the sea and coming closer to the boat and they were all terrified.
Joshua said to them, “It is I, don’t be afraid.”
Then they willing took him into the boat and very soon afterwards they reached their destination.
22-24 The next day those who had stayed on the other side of the sea had known the only boat there had been taken by the disciples and knew Joshua had not gone with them. Some boats from Tiberias landed close to where the Lord had given thanks and everyone ate the bread. When the people could not find Joshua or his disciples they climbed into their boats and went to Capernaum to search for him.
25-27 Having found Joshua on the other side of the sea, they asked him, “Teacher, when did you arrive here?”
Joshua replied, “This is the truth, you search for me not because of the miracle you saw, but because you ate your fill on loaves. Stop working for food that perishes, rather for food that lasts forever. The Son of Man will provide it for God The Father has given him full approval.
28-29 The people then asked, “What work does God want us to do?”
“God’s work is to trust in the one he sent you,” he answered.
30-33 They then said, “What miracle will you do so we can see it and believe in you? In the desert our forefathers were provide with manna. The Scriptures tell us, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat’,”
Joshua said, “This is the truth, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven. It is The Father who gives the true heavenly bread. The one who comes from heaven and gives life to the world is the one who is the bread of God.
34- 40 They asked, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
“I am the Bread of Life,” Joshua answered, “He who comes to me will never be hungry and he who believes on me will never be thirsty. I have told you already, although you have seen me you still do not believe. Those, The Father have given me, will come to me and I will never turn anyone away who does come. I have come from heaven, not to do what I want, but to do whatever the one who sent me wants. And the one who sent me does not want me to lose any of those he gave me, so they will be raised up on the last day. It is The Father’s will everyone who sees and believes on The Son shall have eternal life and on the last day I will raise those up.”
41-42 Because he said, ‘I am the bread that came from heaven’, the Jews started to complain. They said, “How dare he say, ‘I came from heaven’, This is only Joshua, son of Joseph, we know his father and mother.”
43-46 Joshua answered, “Stop complaining to one another, no man comes to me, unless The Father who sent me, draws him to me and on the last day I will raise him up. The prophets wrote, ‘Everyone will be taught about God’, those who have heard and have accepted the Father come to me. Apart from the one who is from God, no one has seen the Father.
47-51 “This is the truth, believe on me and have everlasting life, for I am the bread of life. Your ancestors died even after eating the manna in the wilderness. I offer you the bread that is from heaven, which after someone eats means they will not die. I am the living bread who has come from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread they will live forever. For the life of the world, I give this bread that is my flesh.”
52-54 The Jews started to discuss this among themselves saying, “How can this man give us flesh to eat?”
Joshua answered them, “This is the truth, you will need to eat the Son of Man’s flesh and drink his blood otherwise you will not have life within you. On the last day I will raise up those who have eaten my flesh and drunk my blood and they will receive eternal life.
55-58 “For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink, those who eat my flesh and drink my blood will be in me and I in him. I live by the living Father who sent me. Those who feed on me, will live by me. Your Ancestors ate manna and died. Those who eat of this bread from heaven will live forever.”
59-60 Joshua was in the synagogue at Capernaum teaching when he spoke. Many of his disciples hearing it, complained, “Who can accept his impossible statements?”
61- 64 Joshua knew his disciples were arguing and said to them, “Does this offend you? How will you react if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he came from. The Spirit gives life the flesh is worthless. My words are of the Spirit and of Life. Even so, some of you do not believe.”
From the beginning Joshua had known who had not believed and who would betray him.
65- 67 He then said, “It was for this reason I told you no one can come to me, unless their understanding comes from The Father.”
After this many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.
Joshua then asked the twelve, “Will you go too?”
68-71 Simon Peter answered, “Who would we go to Lord? It is you who has the words of eternal life. We believe absolutely you are the Messiah, The Son of the living God.”
Joshua replied, I have chosen you twelve and yet one of you is a devil!” (He spoke of Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, who as the one of the twelve, later betrayed him.
1-5 Joshua then travelled around Galilee. He did not go to Judea as the Jews there wanted to kill him. The Jewish feast of Tabernacles was approaching and Joshua’ brothers said to him, “We should leave here, go to Judea and demonstrate to your followers the things you do. No one works in secret if they want to become well known. If you are going to do these things then let the world see you.” His brothers said this as they did not believe in him.
6-9 Joshua replied, “My time is not here yet, but you can always go. The world does not hate you, but it hates me because I tell the world it does evil. You go to the feast. I am staying away from the feast because it is not yet the right time for me to go.”
After he told them this he stayed in Galilee.
10-13 After his group had gone to the feast, Joshua also went, but in secret. The Jews were expecting him at the feast and asked, “Where is he?”
They was much debate about him among the people. Some were saying, “He is a good man.”
While others said, “He deceives the people.”
No one would talk openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders.
14-15 In the middle of the feast Joshua arrived and began teaching in the temple courts. The Jewish leaders were astonished and asked, “How does this man know so much without studying?”
16-20 Joshua answered, “My knowledge is not of me, but of the one who sent me. If anyone does what God wants, he will know if my knowledge comes from myself or from God. The man who speaks from himself seeks his own glory. The man, who seeks to glorify God, is true and has no deception within him. You accept Moses gave you the law and yet none of you keep to the law. So now explain why you plan to kill me?”
“You are talking nonsense and who wants to kill you?” the people asked.
21-24 Joshua replied, “You were all amazed at the healing I did. Yet because of the tradition of circumcision, that was in place before Moses instructed you, you circumcise children on the Sabbath. If Moses law cannot be broken, yet you allow a child to be circumcised on a Sabbath, why become angry with me for making a man whole on the Sabbath? Judge properly and not by tradition.”
25-27 Some of the people who lived in Jerusalem asked, “This is the person they want to kill? He is speaking boldly and yet our leaders do not challenge him, perhaps they know he is the Messiah? We know where he has come from, but no one knows where the Messiah will come from.”
28-29 Joshua, who was still teaching in the temple called out, “You know me and you know where I come from, I have not come of myself; and he who sent me is true and you do not know him. I know him because I come from him and he sent me.”
30- 32 They then attempted to seize him, but he could not be arrested since his time had not yet come. Many of the people believed in him and said, “When the Messiah comes, will he be able to do more miracles than this man?”
When the priest heard what the people were muttering, the chief priests and the Pharisees sent their guards to arrest Joshua.
33-34 Joshua told them, “I will be with you for a little longer and then I return to the one who sent me. You will search for me and yet you will not find me. Where I am, you cannot go.”
35-36 The Jews questioned one another, saying, “Where will he go that we can’t find him? Will he go to the Jews living among the Greeks? Will he teach the Gentiles? What do we understand when he told us, ‘You will search for me and yet you will not find me. Where I am, you cannot go’?”
37- 39 On the final and most important day of the feast Joshua stood and declared, “If anyone is thirsty come to me and drink. Those who believes in me will find the scriptures come true, for springs of living water will flow from within him. (Joshua was speaking of the spirit, which those who believed in him would receive. The Spirit had not been given as Joshua was not yet glorified.)
40-43 Many of the people who heard him talking said, “He is a true Prophet.”
Others said, “He is the Messiah!”
While others said, “Can the Messiah come from Galilee? The scriptures state, the Messiah will come from the line of David and from Bethlehem where David lived.”
Because of him the people were divided.
44-49 Some of the crowd wanted him arrested, but no one did. The guards, sent by the chief priests and Pharisees, returned and were asked why they had not arrested him.
The officer replied, “This man doesn’t speak like others.”
The Pharisees retorted, “Are you also deceived by him? Have rulers or any Pharisees believed in him? The people who do not know the law are cursed.”
50-53 Nicodemus, who had visited Joshua one night and was one of his followers, asked, “Does our law condemn anyone without hearing him first and knowing what he has done?”
They answered him saying, “Are you from Galilee? Study the scriptures for no prophet comes from Galilee.” After which everyone went home.
1-5 Joshua went to the Mount of Olives, then early the next morning he went again to the temple. The people came to him and sitting down he taught them; when the Scribes and Pharisees brought before Joshua a women found committing adultery, they addressed him saying, “Teacher, this woman was discovered committing adultery. The law Moses gave, commanded she should be stoned, what do you say?”
6-8 They said this as a test, in the hope of accusing him. But Joshua stooped to the ground and using his finger wrote on the ground as if ignoring them. When they kept asking, he stood up and said, “Let the one among you who is without sin, cast the first stone.” Then he stooped down and continued to write on the ground.
9-11 Those who heard knew their own guilt and left one after another until only the women was left standing by Joshua. Joshua stood and spoke to her, “Women where are those who accused you, has no one condemned you?”
She replied, “No one Lord.”
Joshua said, “I do not condemn you either, go and do not sin again.”
12-13 When Joshua started to speak again to the people, he said “I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
The Pharisees replied, “You say this about yourself, yet what you say cannot be true.”
14-18 Joshua answered, “Were I my own witness my words would still be true. I know where I came from and where I go. You do not know where I have come from or where I am going. You judge according to your nature, yet I judge no one. If I were to judge then my judgement would be true for I am not alone. I am with the Father who sent me. In your law it states the testimony of two men is acceptable. I am my own witness and the Father who sent me is the other.”
19-21 They then asked, “Where is your father?”
Joshua said, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you did know me, then you would also know my Father.”
He said these things in the treasury area of the temple, yet no one arrested him for his time had not yet come. Joshua spoke again saying, “You will seek me after I have gone and you will die in your sins for where I go, you cannot come.
22-26 The Jews asked, “Will he kill himself, for he has said, ‘Where I go you cannot come’?”
Joshua then said, “You are from below whereas I am from above. You are of this world whereas I am not of this world and therefore I tell you that you will die in your sins. If you do not believe who I say I am, then you will certainly die in your sins.”
Then they asked, “Who are you?”
Joshua replied, “What I have been telling you from the beginning and I have many more things to tell you and to judge you on. Remember, he who sent me is to be trusted and I have told the world what I have heard him say.”
27- 29 They did not understand he was speaking of The Father.
Joshua then said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man you will then know I am the one and I do nothing by myself, rather I speak as my Father has taught me. He who has sent me is with me. The Father is with me because I always do what pleases him.”
30-33 Many people believed on him as he was talking.
Joshua then told those Jews who believed on him, “If you live by what I have said, then you will be my disciples. You will come to know the truth and the truth will set you free.”
They then asked, “We are the descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves so why should you say, ‘we will be set free’?”
34-38 Joshua replied, “This is the truth, those who sin are slaves of sin. A slave does not stay with the family forever, while a son does. If The Son sets you free, then you will be free. I know you are Abraham’s descendants and because you reject what I say, you are prepared to kill me. I am telling you what I have seen in the Father’s presence. Whereas you do what your own father has told you.
39-41 “Abraham is our father,” they answered.
“If you were Abraham’s children,” Joshua said, “then you would do those things Abraham did. As it is, you are seeking to kill me. I, who heard the truth from God and then told you. Abraham did not do this. You are doing what your father does.”
“We are not the children of any other Father but God Himself,” they retorted.
42-47 Joshua said to them, “If God were your Father then you would love me, for I was with God and came from God, I didn’t decide to come, God sent me. Why do you not understand my words? It is because you cannot comprehend since you are like your father, Satan. You have the same desires as your father. From the beginning he was a murderer, a liar, for he has no truth in him. His nature is to speak lies; he is a liar and the father of lies. And because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me. Have any of you known me to sin? When I tell you the truth, why will you not believe me? Those who belong to God hear God’s words. You do not hear him because you are not of God.
48-51 The Jews answered him, “Were we not right in calling you a Samaritan and saying you have an evil spirit?”
Joshua replied, “I have no dealing with Satan, I honour The Father, it is you who dishonour me. I do not seek glory for myself, but there is one who does seek it and you will be judged by him. This is the truth those who do what I have taught will never see death.”
52- 56 The Jews then said, “Now we know you have an evil spirit. Abraham died as did the prophets and you tell us ‘those who do what you say will never taste death’. Are you greater than our father Abraham? He is dead and so are the prophets, who appointed you?
Joshua replied, “If I honour myself that honour is nothing, it is The Father who honours me, the one you claim is your God. But you have not known him, I know him. If I were to say I did not know him then I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep to his ways. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my time, he saw it and was glad.”
57-59 “You are not yet 50 years old and yet you say you have seen Abraham,” the Jews retorted.
Joshua said, “This is the truth, before Abraham was, I am!”
Then they picked up stones to throw at him but Joshua hid and left the temple and passed the crowd by.
1-5 As he passed by him, Joshua noticed a man who had been blind since birth, his disciples said to Joshua, “Master, why was this man born blind, did he or his parents sin?”
Joshua answered, “Neither this man nor his parents have sinned to have caused this to happen, rather see God’s work demonstrated through him. While there is light, I must do the work I was sent to do, soon it will be dark and then no one works. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
6- 10 After he said this he spat on the ground and making a paste with the saliva put it on the man’s eyes. Joshua gave him instructing, “Go and wash in the pool of Siloam.” (Siloam means Sent.)
The man went and washed and could see. His neighbours and those who knew him as being blind said, “Wasn’t this the man who sat begging?”
Some said he was, awhile others said he only looked like him. But he said, “I am the same man.”
“Explain how you can now see?” they asked.
11-13 He answered, “The man Joshua made a paste and put it on my eyes, he then told me to go to the pool of Siloam and wash. I did as he said and when I washed, I could see.“
They asked him, “Where is this man?”
“I don’t know,” he answered.
The man who was blind was taken to the Pharisees
14- 17 It was a Sabbath when Joshua made the paste and gave the man his sight. Due to this the Pharisees wanted to know how the man’s sight had been restored.
The man said, “He put a paste on my eyes, I washed and I now see.”
Some Pharisees said, “This man cannot be from God since he does not keep the Sabbath.”
Others argued saying, “How could miracles be done by a sinner? And so they were divided.
They again questioned the blind man, “What do you say about him now he has given you your sight?”
The man replied, “He is a prophet!”
18-23 The Jews would not believe the man, nor that he had been blind and his eyes opened until his parents were summoned.
They asked them, “Will you witness this your son who was born blind? How is it he can now see?”
His parents answered, “We know this is our son and he was born blind. We don’t know how he can see or who opened his eyes. Ask him for he is old enough to speak for himself.”
His parents said this as they were afraid of the Jews and this was due to the Jews already agreeing that anyone admitted Joshua was the Messiah would be excluded from the synagogue. This is why the parents said, “Ask him he is old enough to speak for himself.”
24-27 Then they called the man who had been blind and said to him, “Give God the glory, for we know Joshua is a sinner.”
He answered, “I don’t know if he is a sinner or not, but the one thing I know is I was blind and now I can see!”
Again they questioned him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?”
Again he answered, “I’ve already told you and you haven’t listen. So why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples?
28-29 Angrily they rebuked him, “You must be a follower of his, we follow Moses. We know God spoke to Moses but we don’t know where he comes from.”
30-34 The man replied, “This is astonishing, you don’t know where he comes from and yet he opened my eyes. We understand God does not hear sinners rather he listens to those who worship him and do his will. Never has it been known the eyes of a man born blind have been opened. If this man were not of God he would not be able to do anything.”
Their reply was to throw him out saying, “You, have been in sin since birth, how dare you try to teach us!”
35-38 When Joshua heard the man had been thrown out he went to find him and said, “Do you believe on The Son of God?”
The man replied, “Lord, tell me who he is so I may believe on him.”
“You are looking at him and you are talking with him,” Joshua replied.
The man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped Joshua.
39-41 Joshua proclaimed, “I have come into the world to judge, so those who do not see, will see and those who do see, will not see.
Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard him speak and said to him, “Are we also blind?”
Joshua answered, “If you were blind then you would not be sinful; but by saying, you see, your sin stays with you.”
1-5 “This is the truth, the person who does not use the gate to enter the sheepfold but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber, The person who uses the gate is the sheep’s shepherd. The watchman allows him in and the sheep hear his voice, he calls his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out his own sheep, he leads them and his sheep follow because they know his voice. Sheep will not follow a stranger instead they will run away because they do not recognise a stranger’s voice.”
6-10 Joshua told this story but the people did not understand it and so he explained, “This is the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. The sheep didn’t listen to the thieves and robbers who came before me. I am the gate: those who enter through me will be saved, able to go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy. I come so they may have life and live it more fully.
11-18 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for his sheep. It not the shepherd, nor the one who owns the sheep but the hired man who leaves and runs away when he sees the wolf coming. The wolf scatters and then catches the sheep. The hired man runs because he is hired and doesn’t care for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd and know my sheep and my sheep know me. As The Father knows me, so I know The Father. I lay down my life for the sheep and I must care for the sheep who are not in the fold. Both will hear my voice and there will be one fold and one shepherd. My Father loves me because I lay down my life so I might take it up again. No one takes it from me, rather I lay it down myself. The Father has instructed me to lay my life down and given me the right to take it up again.
19-21 The Jews were divided when they heard these words and many said, “Why listen to him? He is demon processed and deranged.”
Others said, “A man who is demon processed doesn’t talk like him. Can a demon make the blind see?”
22-24 The Feast of Dedication followed. It was winter and Joshua was walking in the temple area known as Solomon’s porch. The Jews surrounded him and asked. “How long do we have to wait to know the truth? If you are the Messiah then simply tell us.”
25-30 Joshua answered, “I have told you and you did not believe. Everything I do, I do in The Father’s name and that testifies for me. You do not believe because you are not my sheep. I told you my sheep hear my voice. I know them and they follow me. I will give them eternal life and they will never perish. No one will take them from my hand. The Father, who gave them to me is greater than all and no one can take them from The Father’s hand. I and The Father are one.”
31-33 The Jews once again picked up stones to stone him. Joshua spoke out, “I have shown you many good deeds done through The Father, for which of these do you stone me?”
“We are not stoning you for your good deeds,” answered the Jews, “but for blasphemy, since you a man, have made yourself God.”
34-38 Joshua said, “Does not your law state, ‘I say you are gods?’ If the person, who was given the Word of God, called men gods then how is the scripture broken? You accused the one The Father has blessed and sent into the world of blasphemy. I said, ‘I am The Son of God’. If I do not do the deeds The Father wants, then don’t believe me. Even though you don’t believe me, believe the works I do. Then you will know and believe The Father is in me and I am in him.”
39-42 Once again they tried to take him, but he escaped. Joshua went across the Jordan to where John fist baptised, he stayed there and many people came to him and believing on him said, “John did not perform miracles but what he said about this man is true.”
1-3 Lazarus, a man from Bethany, became sick. His sisters, Mary and Martha also lived in the village. Mary was the woman who would anoint the Lord with ointment and wipe his feet with her hair. The sisters sent a message to Joshua saying, “Lord, the man you love is sick.”
4-7 When Joshua heard the message, he said, “This sickness will not be the cause of his death, but rather Glory for God and The Son of God will be glorified by what happens.
Joshua loved Martha, her sister and Lazarus. When told of the sickness he stayed where he was two more days and then he said to his disciples, “Let us return to Judea.”
8-12 They replied, “Master the Jews have tried to stone you. Why are you going there again?”
Joshua answered, “You know there are 12 hours of daylight and a man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by the world’s light. But if a man walks in the night, he will stumble for lack of light.”
Having said this, he continued, “Lazarus, our friend has fallen asleep and I am going there to wake him.”
The disciples replied, “Lord, if he is sleeping, then he will get better.
13-16 Joshua had spoken of his death, but the disciples thought he meant a restful sleep. So he told them outright, “Lazarus is dead and because of you I am glad I was not there, since now you may believe, come we will go to him.”
Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the other disciples, “Let us go to and die with him.”
17-22 When Joshua arrived he found Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem and many Jews had come to comfort Martha and Mary because of the death of their brother. When Martha learnt Joshua was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
“Lord,” Martha said to Joshua, “had you been here my brother would not have died. Yet I know that even now God will grant you whatever you ask.”
23-26 Joshua said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha replied, “I know on the last day, at the resurrection he will rise again.”
Joshua said, “I am the resurrection and the life, even if a man dies, if he believes in me then he will live. And whoever is living and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27-29 She answered, “Yes Lord, I believe you are the Messiah, The Son of God, who the world has waited for.” After she had said this she went away and finding her sister secretly told Mary, “The master is here, he is asking for you.”
When Mary heard this, she quickly arose and went out to meet him.
30-32 Joshua had not entered the village, but remained at the place where Martha met him. The Jews who were comforting Mary in the house saw how quickly she moved and followed her saying, “She must be going to the grave to weep there.”
Mary went to where Joshua was and when she saw him she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, had you been here my brother would not have died.”
33-35 When Joshua saw Mary weeping along with the Jews who had come with her, he was deeply distressed and his spirit cried out in anguish.
He asked, “Where have you laid him?”
They replied, “Lord, come and see.”
36-40 The Jews declared, “Look, how he loved him.”
But some said, “Could he not have stopped this man dying, for he opened the eyes of the blind man.”
Joshua still in deep distress arrived at the grave. It was a cave with a stone in front of it. He told them, “Take away the stone.”
The dead man’s sister, Martha said, “Lord he has been dead four days, the stench will be awful.”
41-44 Joshua replied, “Did I not say to you, that if you believe you will see the glory of God!”
Then the stone was taken away from the grave. Joshua looking up spoke, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know you always hear me, but I have spoken for the benefit of these people standing here, so they may believe you sent me. Joshua then shouted, “Lazarus, come to me.”
And the man who had been dead came to him. His hands and feet were still wrapped with the grave clothes and his face covered with a napkin. Joshua told them, “Take off his grave clothes.”
45-50 Due to this many of the Jews who were visiting Mary and had seen what Joshua did, believed in him. Some however went to the Pharisees and told them what Joshua had done. A council was gathered of the chief priests and the Pharisees asked, “What should we do, for this man is doing many miracles? If we do nothing about him everyone will believe on him; then the Romans will come and take away our temple and our nation.”
Caiaphas, who was The High Priest that year, then spoke, “You do not understand. Neither are you considering what needs to be done, Is it not better one man should die for the people rather than let the whole nation be annihilated.”
51-54 As The High Priest that year, he did not say this of his own accord but was prophesying Joshua should die for the Jewish nation and not for that nation alone; but also that he should bring together as one, the scattered children of God. From that day onwards they discussed together ways of putting Joshua to death. Joshua could no longer openly walk among the Jews. He went to the city of Ephraim, close to the desert and stayed there with his disciples.
55-57 When the time for the Passover was near, many from the countryside were going to Jerusalem for purification. The people kept looking for Joshua and in the temple they debated if he wouldn’t come to the feast. Both the chief priest and the Pharisees had given orders that if any man knew where Joshua was, he should tell them so they may arrest him.
1-3 The Passover was six days away when Joshua went to visit Lazarus at his home in Bethany, it was Lazarus Joshua had raised from the dead. Martha served the dinner given in Joshua’ honour. Lazarus and Joshua were reclining at the table amongst the guests when Mary poured around a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, onto Joshua’ feet, then wiped them with her hair and the fragrance of the perfume filled the house.
4-6 Judas Iscariot, the disciple of Joshua who later betrayed him objected, saying, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages, it should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” He looked after the group’s money and wanted it himself in order he could use it for he never cared about the poor.
7-8 “Don’t criticize her!” Joshua replied. “this perfume was intended to be saved for the day of my burial. There will always be poor among you, but I will not always be here.”
9-11 A large group of Jews had found out Joshua was with Lazarus and came to see both of them. Due to this the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well as Joshua, since on account of Lazarus being raised from the dead many Jews were following and putting their faith in Joshua.
12-13 On the next day the great crowd attending the Passover Feast heard Joshua was on his way to Jerusalem. They went out to meet him waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!”
14-16 Joshua sat on a young donkey fulfilling the prophesy, ‘Daughter of Zion, do not be afraid, when you see your king approaching upon a young donkey.’ Initially the disciples did not understand why these things were happening and only linked it to the prophesy once Joshua was raised to heaven.
17-19 Many of the people who witnessed Joshua call Lazarus from the tomb continued to spread the word they had seen Lazarus raised from the dead. And because of this miraculous sign many people went out to meet him. This resulted in the Pharisees saying to each other “Everyone is following Joshua and we can’t deal with him!”
20-22 Among the crowds worshiping at the Feast were some Greeks, they asked Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, “Sir, may we speak with Joshua.” Philip told Andrew and they went together to ask Joshua.
23-27 Joshua replied, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Recognise this truth, a single seed of wheat remains as it is until it falls to the ground and dies and by doing so it produces many seeds. Those who love their life in this world will lose it, while those who hate doing what the world wants will have eternal life. Those following me, must serve me; for where I am, so too are my followers. Those who serve me will be honoured by my father. My heart is in torment deciding what I should say? Father, save me from what is about to happen? Yet I cannot, for I came so what would happen, would happen. Father, may your name be glorified!”
28-29 Then from heaven a voice spoke, “My name is glorified and it will be glorified again.”
Hearing it, many in the crowd thought it was thunder while others said it was the voice of an angel speaking to him.
30-32 Joshua continued, “What you heard was not for my benefit but yours. The time has come when the prince of this world will be driven out and the world will be judged. Be assured when I ascend from this world I will attract all people to me.”
33-36 Joshua told them all this so they would know how he was going to die. The people then asked, “Who is `the Son of Man’? You say, `you will ascend from this world,’ how can this be? We have been taught the law states the messiah will remain forever.”
Joshua then replied, “You will have the light with you only a little longer. Walk while the light is with you and before darkness comes. Those who walk in the dark don’t know where they going. Trust the light while it’s here, so you may become son’s of the light.” Once he had finished speaking, he left for a place where he could be alone.
37-38 Even after all the miraculous signs Joshua did in their presence, the people would still not believe in him. This fulfilled the words of the prophet Isaiah: “Lord, who has believed the words we speak and to whom have you revealed your wonders?”
39-41 The reason why people did not believe had been predicted by Isaiah when he saw Joshua’ glory, he told the people about what would happen saying, “The Lord blinded their eyes and closed their hearts, so their eyes would not see nor their hearts understand, otherwise he would have healed them.”
42-43 There were still many, including some leaders who believed in him. Yet they would not confess their faith for fear of the Pharisees and being excluded from the synagogue; they preferred the favour of men, rather than of God.
44-46 Joshua then loudly proclaimed, “Those who put their trust in me, are therefore also putting their trust in the one who sent me. Those who see me, see the one who sent me. I came into the world as a light, so those who believe in me will not stay in darkness.
47-50 “I came to save the world, not to judge it and so I will not judge the person who accepts my words but cannot keep them. However the words I have spoken will, on the day of judgement, condemn those who rejects me or have not accepted my words. I have only spoken those things The Father has commanded me to say and I have done it in the way he wanted me to, never on my own authority. The truth is The Father’s ways leads to eternal life and because of that, I only tell you what he has told me to say.”
1-3 The evening meal before the Passover Feast was being severed, Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, was there but had already been enticed by Satan to betray Joshua. Joshua knowing the time had come for him to leave the world, wanted to show just how much he loved his disciples before returning to his Father. He knew he had come from God and was returning to God and that The Father had given him power over all things.
4- 5 He stopped eating, stood up and taking off his outer clothing wrapped a towel round his waist, he then poured water into a basin and started washing his disciples’ feet, drying them on the towel wrapped around him.
6-10 When it was Simon Peter’s turn, he said, “Lord, why are you washing my feet?”
Joshua replied, “You don’t understand what I’m doing now, but later you will.”
Peter retorted, “No, you’ll never wash my feet.”
Joshua answered, “Unless I do wash you, you cannot be with me.”
“Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “Then wash my feet, my hands and head as well.”
Joshua answered, “When a person has a bath their whole body is clean and they only need their feet washed; you are clean, though not everyone here is.”
11-13 Joshua said this as he knew who was going to betray him, which is why he said, “not everyone there was clean.”
After finishing washing their feet he dressed and returned to his place saying, “Do you understand what I have done for you? To you I am your `Teacher’ and `Lord,’ and it’s right you think that, for indeed it is what I am.
14 -20 “As I, your Teacher and Lord have washed your feet, you should in turn be prepared to wash each other’s feet. Do those things I have shown you what to do. This is the truth, ‘a servant cannot be greater than his master, neither can a messenger be greater than the one who sent him’. Now you know these things, do them and be blessed. This doesn’t apply to all of you, for I know those who were chosen. But to fulfil the words of the scripture there is one who, ‘shares my bread and has lifted up his heel against me.’ I tell you this before it happens, for when it does happen you will believe I am the one. This is the truth, those who accept the ones I send, accept me and those accepting me then also accept the one who sent me.”
21\25 After this Joshua became very upset and declared, “This is the truth, one of you here will betray me.”
His disciples looked at one another and were mystified as to who he meant. The disciple whom everyone knew Joshua loved was reclining next to him, so Simon Peter motioned to the disciple to ask him which one of them Joshua meant.
The disciple lent close to Joshua and asked, “Who is it Lord?”
26-30 Answering, Joshua told him, “I will dip this piece of bread into the dish and pass to the person.” Then Joshua dipped the bread into the dish and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Immediately Judas had taken the bread Satan prompted him.
Joshua then told him, ” Go quickly and do what’s on your mind.” Judas ate the bread and left. It was night and those at the meal did not understand why Joshua had spoken to him that way. As Judas looked after the purse, some thought Joshua had told him to go and buy something either for the feast or for the poor.
31-35 Once Judas had left, Joshua told them, “the Son of Man is now glorified with God’s glory being seen in him. If God’s glory is seen in The Son then glory will be felt by The Son and God will glorify him instantly. You are in my family and so I need to tell you, I’m here for just a little longer and as I told the Jews you’ll look for me, but where I’m going you cannot go. I’m giving you a new command: Love one another, as I’ve loved you; you must love each other for it is when you love one another that everyone will know you are my disciples.”
36-38 “Lord, where are you going?” Simon Peter asked.
Joshua replied, “You cannot go to where I am going, but you will be able to follow later.”
Peter then asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I would die for you!”
“Would you really die for me?” Joshua answered, “This is the truth, you’ll disown me three times before the cockerel crows!”
1 – 4 “Your hearts need not be troubled by this,” Joshua continued, “trust in God and trust in me. There are many places to stay in my Father’s home and I’m going there to prepare a place for you, if this weren’t true I would have told you. And having prepared a place for you, I will return and take you back so you can be with me. You know where I’m going and the way there.”
5-7 Thomas declared, “Lord, how can we know the way when we don’t know where you are going.”
Joshua answered, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to The Father except through me. Those who know me, know my Father and now you know him and you’ve seen him.”
8-11 Philip replied, “Lord, all we need is for you to show us The Father.”
Joshua continued, “Philip, I’ve been with you for a long time, surely you know me by now? Those who have seen me have seen The Father, so why say, `Show us The Father’? Don’t you believe The Father is in me and I am in The Father? I am not speaking my own words but rather my Father’s. He is living in me and doing his work thought me. Trust me when I say The Father is in me and I am in The Father, otherwise believe the miracles as proof.
12-17 “This is the truth, all those who put their faith in me will do what I’ve been doing and will do even greater things and because of this I am going to The Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so I, his Son, may bring glory to my Father. If you ask me, I will do anything for you. Loving me means you will do what I have taught you. I will ask The Father and he will give you the Spirit of truth who will advise you and be with you always. The world will not accept him, because it cannot see him nor know him. You will know him, for he will live with you and be within you.
18-21 “I will come to you for I’ll never leave you on your own. Soon I’ll be lost to the world but not to you, since I live on and you too will live on. Then you’ll realise I’m one with The Father and you are one with me and I with you. Those who know my words prove their love for me by living by them. Those who love me, will be loved by The Father and by me and to those I will show myself.”
22-24 Judas, not Judas Iscariot, then asked, “Tell us Lord, why will you show yourself to us yet not to the world?”
Joshua answered, “Those who love me will obey my teaching and because they do this The Father will love them and together we will come and make our home with them. Those who don’t live by my words don’t love me. The message I give you is not my own it comes from The Father who sent me.
25-27 ” I have told you this while I’m still with you, The Father will send to you The Holy Spirit in my name. He will guide and teach you everything, reminding you of all I have taught. Do not be troubled or afraid for I’m giving you my peace and it will be with you always, for I don’t give as the world gives.
28-31 “I’ve said I am going away but I will return to you. Loving me means you’ll be glad I’m going to The Father for he is greater than I. I’m telling you before it happens, so you will believe when it does happen. My time talking to you is nearly over, coming soon is the world’s master, yet he hasn’t any power over me. The world has to understand I love The Father and I do exactly what he tells me to do. Come, it’s time we were leaving.
1-4 “Consider me the true vine and my Father the vinedresser. He removes from me the branch bearing no fruit and prunes the ones the do, so they become more fruitful. You have already been prepared because I have taught you God’s ways. Live in me and I will live in you. A vine branch cannot bear fruit on its own, it has to be part of the vine, in the same way unless you live in me, you will not bear fruit.
5-8 “I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who live in me find I live in them and they bear much fruit; without me nothing can be done. Those who do not live in me will be like a branch that is cut away and dies then thrown into the fire to be burned. Those who live in me have my spirit living in them and may ask for whatever they wish and I will give it to them. By this The Father will be glorify and in being my disciples you will bear much fruit.
9-14 “I have I loved you just as The Father has loved me. Love me and do those things I have taught you and I will love you. I have done what my Father has taught me and he has loved me. By teaching you this, my joy will be in you and your joy may be perfect. As I have loved you, so you are to love one another. The greatest love you can have for a friend is to lay down your life for them. If you do what I have told you, then you will be my friends.
15-17 “I don’t call you servants, because, you are my friends. I have taught you everything I’ve learned from my Father. You didn’t choose me, rather I chose you so you would to bear lasting fruit. Do that and whatever you ask The Father in my name, he will give you. I tell you, you must love one another.
18-20 “When the world hates you, remember it hated me first. The world loves its own but you are not part of the world for I have taken you away from the world, which is why you are hated by the world. Remember what I told you, that servants wouldn’t know what their master is doing. If I am persecuted then you too will be persecute. Those who do what I have taught will do what you teach.
21-25 It is due to my name people will treat you the way they do, for they do not know the One who sent me. Had I not taught them they would not be guilty of sinning but because I did there can be no excuses when they do sin. Those who hate me, hate The Father. I did what no-one else has done, had I not they would not be guilty of sinning. They hate both The Father and myself despite seeing the miracles, confirming what is written in their Law: `without reason they hated me’.
26-27 ” I will send to you The Spiritual Advisor who will comfort you, he is from The Father and will tell the truth about me. You must be witnesses for me, for you have known me from the beginning.
1-5 “I have taught you these things so you won’t be discouraged for you will be thrown out of the synagogues. Indeed people will kill you and think they are doing what God wants but they don’t know either my Father or me. Because I was with you I didn’t tell you these things but I’m warning you now for when it happens you will remember my words. I will soon return to the one who sent me, so why not ask me where I’m going?
6-11 “Because I have told you these things, I understand your anguish. The truth is, it’s good I go away, for then I will send The Spiritual Advisor; if I don’t go I will not be able to send him to you. Through him the world will come to know its failure in understanding God’s ways and judgements. Because people do not believe who I am when I go to The Father you will not see me again. As far as judgement is concerned he will judge the master of this world who already stands condemned.
12-16 “I have so much more to tell you, far more than you can bear, but know when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in the truth. He will not tell you his own thoughts but what he has been told to tell you, including what will happen in the future. He will bring honour to me by making what I have taught you understandable. I share everything with The Father, I have told you The Spirit of Truth comes and he will guide you in the truth. Soon I will be gone but after a little while you will see me again.”
17-22 Speaking among themselves a few disciples were asking, “What does he mean by saying, ` Soon I will be gone but after a little while you will see me again,’ and `when I go to The Father’?” They kept saying, “How long is ‘a little while’? We don’t know what he means.”
Joshua knew they wanted to ask him questions, but he continued speaking, “You ask each other what I meant when I said, `Soon I will be gone but after a little while you will see me again.’ The truth is the world will rejoice while you in your sadness will mourn, but then you grieving will change to joy. When it’s time for a woman to give birth she feels pain, but because of the joy that her child has been born into the world the pain is forgotten. So it will be with you. You are now in a time of grief, but when I see you again you will rejoice and that joy will not be taken away.
23-28 “When it happens there will be no need to ask me for anything, for The Father will give you whatever you request in my name. This is the truth, until now you’ve not asked for anything in my name, but now ask and you will be given and you will be joyful. I have used stories in speaking to you about The Father, but from now on I’ll speak plainly. You may ask for anything using my name but I’ll not need to intercede for you, since The Father loves you. This is because you loved me and believed I came from him. I came into the world from The Father and now I’m leaving and returning to The Father.”
29-30 “We can understand what you’re saying now you’re not talking in parables,” Joshua’ disciples said, “Now we understand the you know all things, even the questions people might ask and it is because of this we believe you are from God.”
31-33 Joshua exclaimed, ” At last you believe! However the time is close, indeed very soon when you will be scattered each going back to his home, leaving me alone. But I won’t be alone for The Father will be with me. My telling you this is to give you my peace. There will be trouble for you in this world, but as I have overcome it, so you can take heart.
1-3 When Joshua had finish saying this he looked up to heaven and prayed: “The time has come Father, for you to glorify your son, so your son may glorify you. You have given him authority over all people, so to those you have given him, he may give eternal life. Eternal life is to know you, The True God and Joshua, who you sent as The Messiah.
4-8 “By completing the work I was given by you, I have glorified you here on earth. And now Father glorify me with your own glory, the same I had before the world began. I have made you known to those in the world, those you gave me, they were yours and in giving them to me they have kept to your ways. They know everything I was given has come from you. The message you gave me I told them and they accepted it. They are convinced I have come from you and believe you sent me.
9-12 I’m not praying for the world, but for them, for the ones you gave me, they are yours too. What I have is yours and all that is yours is mine and I have been glorified through them. I am leaving the world and I’m coming to you, but they remain within the world. Protect those you gave to me Holy Father, by the power of your name, so they may be as one just as we are one. I protected them when I was with them, kept them safe by the name you gave me. Of them all only one has failed, the one fulfilling the scriptures and destined for eternal damnation.
13-19 “Soon I’ll be with you, yet while I remain here in the world I will speak these things, then they can fully share together the joy I have. I have told them what is in your mind and now they are no longer part of this world, just as I am not and the world hates them because of it. I pray you will protect them from Satan and not take them away from the world. I am not of the world and neither are they. Your word is truth and by that truth it makes them holy. I have sent them into the world, just as you sent me into the world; it was for them I made myself Holy so they too would become Holy.
20-23 “I pray not just for them but also for those who believe in me through the words taken to them, may they all be as one. Father, as you are within me and I am within you may they too be in us so the world may believe you sent me. The glory you shared with me I have shared with them so they may as one, just as we are one. I am in them just as you are in me. Help them to be as one so the world may know I have been sent by you and as you loved me so I have loved the world.
24-26 “Father, I ask that those who you have chosen for me may join me and witness my glory, along with the honour you have bestowed upon me, because I was loved by you before the world was created. Pure and Just Father, I know you and they know I have been sent by you, yet the world does not know you. They know you because I have taught them to know you and will continue to teach them the love you have for me is for them too and that I also may be within them.”
1-3 After Joshua had finished praying, he crossed the Kidron Valley with his disciples and they entered an olive grove. Judas, his betrayer, knew where the place was as Joshua had often been there with his disciples. Judas guided some Pharisees, officials of the Chief priest plus some soldiers to the grove They had with them torches, lanterns and weapons.
4-9 Joshua, knowing what was going to happen went to them and asked, “Who are you looking for?”
They said, “Joshua of Nazareth.”
He replied, “That is me.”
Judas his betrayer stood with the crowd and when Joshua had replied, ‘That is me,’ the crowd drew backward falling on the ground, so he asked them again, “who are you looking for?”
And they said, “Joshua of Nazareth.”
Joshua replied again, “That is me, I’m Joshua. As you are looking for me then you may release these men.”
This was spoken so it would happen as Joshua had predicted when he said, ‘I have not lost one of those you gave me’. Simon Peter drew his sword and cut off the right ear of Malchus, the high priest’s servant. Joshua intervened, saying, “Peter, put down your sword! The Father has given me the cup, am I not to drink it?”
12-14 The Jewish officials along with the soldiers and their leader then arrested Joshua and tied him securely. He was first taken to Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas who was the High Priest that at the time. Caiaphas had advised the Jews it is better for one man to die so that all the people could be saved.
15-18 Simon Peter with another disciple followed Joshua. As that disciple knew the High Priest he went with Joshua into the high priest’s courtyard. Peter was not allowed in until the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, returned and speaking to the women on duty took him inside. The women said to Peter, “Are you one of the disciples too?”
Peter replied, “No, I’m not!” As it was cold the servants had made a fire to keep warm and they and the officials stood round it, Peter joined them warming himself.
19-24 The high priest was questioning Joshua about his disciples and his teachings. Answering Joshua said, “I have spoken openly to everyone, I’ve taught where Jews come together, in synagogues and at the temple and I’ve said nothing in secret. Why do you need to question me? Ask those who heard me for they know what I said.”
After Joshua had said that, one of the officials nearby slapped his face saying, “That is no way to answer a high priest.”
Joshua answered, “If what I said was wrong, tell me what was wrong. However if I spoke the truth, why strike me?”
Joshua, still tied securely, was sent by Annas to Caiaphas, The High Priest.
25-27 Simon Peter was standing warming himself and was asked, “Are you not one of his disciples?”
“No I’m not!” he demanded.
A relative of the high priest’s servants, the man whose ear Peter cut off, accused him, saying, “I saw you in the olive grove with him.”
Denying it again, Peter heard a cockerel begin to crow.
28-32 Joshua was taken by the Jews from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s palace. It was early morning and as the Jews wanted to eat the Passover they didn’t go into the palace and so avoid being ceremonial unclean. Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charge have you brought against this man?”
They replied, “He is a criminal, otherwise we would not bring him to you.”
Pilate then said, “Take him away and judge him yourselves by your own law.”
“But under our law we cannot have him executed,” the Jews replied. This happened fulfilling the words Joshua had spoken concerning the way he was going to die.
33-40 Pilate had Joshua follow him into the palace where he asked him, “Are you king of the Jews?”
Joshua answered, “A king, is this your idea or others?”
“I am no Jew!” Pilate replied then said, “you were handed over to me by your people and your chief priests; tell me what you have done?”
Joshua answered, “This world is not my kingdom, if it were then my followers would have fought to prevent my arrest by the Jews. My kingdom is not of this world.”
“So you are a king!” Pilate exclaimed.
Joshua said, “Yes I am a king. That is why I was born and that is why I came into this world. And the reason I came was to bring the truth, for those who recognise truth listen to me.”
“What is truth?” Pilate replied. Then he went out and said to the Jews, “There is nothing I can charge him with, but as is the custom at your Passover I will release a prisoner. So shall I release to you Jews your king?”
The crowd shouted, “No, we want Barabbas not him!” Barabbas was a known brigand.
1-3 Pilate had Joshua flogged afterwards the soldiers made a crown of twisted thorns and placed it on his head. Then draping a purple robe around him, they kept mocking him, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” and slapping his face.
4-8 Pilate came out and addressing the Jews said, “Look, I bring this man out to show you that I find no valid accusation against him.” Joshua was brought out wearing a crown of thorns and a purple robe and Pilate said to them, “This is the man!”
Immediately the chief priests and the officials saw Joshua, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”
Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. I’ve told you already there is nothing I can charge him with.”
The Jews replied, “We have our laws and as he claimed to be The Son of God then by our law he must die!” When Pilate heard this, fear welled up in him.
9-11 Returning to the palace Pilate questioned Joshua, “Where are you from?” he asked but Joshua did not answer him. Pilate continued, “You won’t speak to me. Don’t you realise it is by my authority you are either crucified or set free?”
Joshua then answered, “You have no authority over me unless it were given to you from above and therefore those who brought me here are guilty of a greater sin.”
12-16 Pilate again tried to release Joshua, but the Jews shouting the accusation, “You would be no friend of Caesar if this man goes free. Those who claim to be a king, oppose Caesar!”
When Pilate heard this he had Joshua brought out to the place known as the Stone Pavement (Gabbatha in Aramaic) and sat him down on the judge’s seat. Then Pilate said to the Jews, “Here is your king!” This happened in Passover Week on about the sixth hour on the Day of Preparation.
“Take him away!” The crowd cried out, “Take him away! Crucify him!”
Pilate retorted, “You want me to crucify your king?”
“Caesar is as only king,” the chief priests replied.
At this Pilate finally handed him over for crucifixion.
17-22 Joshua, went to the place of the Skull (Golgotha in Aramaic) carrying his cross they placed him between two others who were also being crucified. Pilate had a notice written and fastened to the cross. It read: JOSHUA OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS and was written in Aramaic, Latin and Greek. As the place where Joshua was crucified was near the city, many Jews read this sign.
The chief priests’ protested to Pilate, “Do not write `The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man claimed to be king of the Jews’,”
Pilate replied, “What I have written, I have written!”
23-24 The soldiers crucified Joshua and taking his clothes they took a quarter share each. The tunic remaining was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So discussing it among themselves they said, “We won’t divide it, we’ll gamble for it instead,” and this is what the soldiers did; fulfilling the scripture, ‘My clothes were divided among them and they gambled for them.’
25-27 His mother stood close to Joshua’ cross, along with her sister, Clopas’ wife Mary and Mary Magdalene. Joshua saw the disciple he loved then looking at his mother he said, “This is your son” and then to the disciple, “This is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple took her into his own home.
28-30 Joshua realising everything had been completed and the Scriptures had been fulfilled, said, “I’m thirsty.” They soaked a sponge from a jar of wine vinegar and lifted it to Joshua’ lips on a hyssop stalk. When he had tasted the drink, Joshua said, “It’s finished,” then bowed his head and died.
31-37 It was the Day of Preparation for Passover and the Jews did not want the bodies left on the crosses another day as it would then be the Sabbath, so they asked Pilate for the legs of the men being crucified to be broken and the bodies removed. The soldiers went first to the men who were being crucified with Joshua and broke their legs. When they came to Joshua they saw he was dead already so they didn’t break his legs, instead, a soldier pierced Joshua’ side with his spear and blood and water suddenly flowed from the wound.
A man who saw this told us what happen and he may be believed. He knows he is a witness to the truth and speaks out so you too may also believe. These things happened fulfilling the scriptures, ‘No bone of his will be broken,’ and ‘They will look on him who they have pierced’.
38-42 After this happened, Joseph who came from Arimathea and was a follower of Joshua, although secretly for he feared the Jews, went to Pilate and asked for Joshua’ body. Pilate gave permission so Joseph went and took the body away. Nicodemus the man who earlier had visited Joshua at night came and helped, bringing with him a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighting about one hundred pounds. The two of them took Joshua down and using the spices wound linen strips around the body, as was customary with Jewish burial practices. Where he was crucified was a garden with a new unused tomb. As it was Preparation day and the tomb was close by they laid Joshua there
1-5 Before dawn on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb and finding the stone removed from the entrance Mary Magdalene run and found Simon Peter and the disciple who Joshua loved, she exclaimed, ” The Lord has been taken from the tomb and we don’t know where he is?”
Peter and the other disciple both ran to the tomb. The other disciple reached the tomb first but he didn’t enter, only bending down to see strips of linen lying there.
5-9 When Simon Peter arrived he went straight into the tomb and also saw the strips of linen lying there and the burial cloth which had been around Joshua’ head. The cloth was separate from the linen and had been folded up. Then the other disciple went inside and what he saw made him believe. (At that time neither knew the Scripture predicted Joshua was to rise from the dead.)
10-14 The disciples returned to their rooms, leaving Mary standing outside the tomb. She was crying and when she bent over to look into the tomb she saw seated where Joshua’ body had lain two angels dressed in white, one where the head and one where the feet had been.
“Woman, why are you crying?” they asked.
“My Lord has been taken away, “she replied,” and I don’t know where they have taken him.” Then turning she saw Joshua standing there, but didn’t recognise it was Joshua. ”
15-18 Joshua then spoke to her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who are you are looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener and replied, “If you have taken him away tell me where you have taken him to and I will bring him back.”
“Mary,” Joshua said.
Turning she looked and cried out, “Teacher!” That is ‘Rabboni’ in Aramaic.
Then Joshua said, “As yet I haven’t returned to The Father so don’t hold me here. Instead go to my brothers and tell them I am returning to my Father and to your Father, to my God and to your God.”
Going straight to the disciples with the news, Mary Magdalene told them, “I have seen the Lord!” and repeated all the things he had said to her.
19-23 It was the first day of the week and that evening the disciples stayed together with the doors locked for they feared the Jews. Joshua appeared and standing amongst them greeted them, saying, “Peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and side and in seeing their Lord the disciples were overjoyed.
Then Joshua spoke again saying, “Peace be with you! Just as my Father sent me, so I am sending you.” He breathed on them saying, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Those who sins you forgive are forgiven; Those who you do not forgive then they sins will not be forgiven.”
24-29 Thomas, the twin, one of the twelve disciples was not with them when Joshua appeared. When the disciples told him, we have seen the Lord! he stated, “I will not believe unless I see and feel the nail marks on his hands and also touch his side.”
Thomas was with the other disciples a week later, when in the same house and though locked doors, Joshua appeared and standing amongst them said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Come and touch my hands, reach out your hand and feel my side. Do not doubt, but believe!”
Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”
Joshua then said to him, “You have seen me and now you believe; those who believe but haven’t seen are blessed.”
30-31 His disciples witnessed many other miraculous signs while with Joshua but these are not recorded here. The miracles written here are so you may believe Joshua is the Messiah, The Son of God and by your faith in him, you will have life.
1-3 Some time after this Joshua appeared to his disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. Simon Peter, Thomas the twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, Zebedee’s sons plus two other disciples were together. Simon Peter said, “I’m going fishing.”
The others replied, “We’ll come with you,” and they all went out in a boat, but that night nothing was caught.
4-6 First thing in the morning, the disciples saw a man on the shore but did not recognise it was Joshua. When he called out, “Haven’t you caught anything?”
They answered, “No.”
He then told them, “Throw your nets on right side of the boat there are fish there.” When there did they caught so many fish they were unable to take them onto the boat.
7-10 The disciple whom Joshua loved exclaimed, “Peter, it is The Lord!”.
When Simon Peter heard, it is The Lord, he wrapped the outer garment around him he had taken off and jumped into the water. The other disciples were about a hundred yards from shore and were following in the boat towing the net full of fish. When they landed, they found bread along with fish cooking on burning coals.
Joshua said to them, “Bring some of those fish you’ve just caught.”
Simon Peter climbed back on the boat and helped drag the net full of large fish ashore. There were 153 fish, yet even with so many the net was not torn.
12-14 Joshua said to them, “Come and eat some breakfast.”
Not one disciple dare ask him, “Who are you?” For they knew it was the Lord. Joshua served them with bread and fish. This was the third time Joshua appeared to his disciples since he had risen from his death.
15-19 Having finished eating, Joshua asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?”
Simon replied, “Yes Lord, you know I love you.”
Joshua said, “Feed my lambs.”
Joshua asked a second time, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes Lord, you know I love you.”
Joshua said, “Care for my sheep.”
Then Joshua asked a third time, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me?”
Peter was upset as Joshua had asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he replied, “Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.”
Joshua said, “Feed my sheep,” then continued, “I tell you this truth, as a youngster you would dress yourself and go where you wanted; but as an old man someone else will take your outstretched hand, will dress you and take you where you do not want to go.” Joshua told him this indicating the kind of death Peter would honour God by. Then he said, “Follow me!”
20-23 Turning around Peter saw the disciple Joshua loved was following them. (The same one who had leaned against Joshua at the supper and asked, “Who is it Lord, who is going to betray you?”)
Peter asked, “Lord, what about him?”
Joshua answered, “Why should it matter to you if I want him to live until I come again? You must follow me.” Due to this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. Yet Joshua didn’t say he would not die, only, ‘Why should it matter to you if I want him to live until I come again?’
24-25 It is this same disciple who testifies these things happened and who wrote them down and we know his testimony is true. There are many other things Joshua did and if all were written down, then I expect there would not be enough space in the whole world to store all the books that would be written.
Some questions and some observations given as comments.
If in doubt with your answers then ask God’s Spirit to help, Every follower of Joshua has been offered gifts of which The Holy Spirit is one who does provide discernment, but please don’t abuse it.
In writing Joshua’s words John uses the word truth 55 times and 23 of those the term ‘This is the truth’. We so often debate what is truth, who can know it, say that truth is in the mind of the believer as no-one can know. Yet Joshua is recognised by Messiahian, Moslem and also Jews as a prophet of God. By accepting Joshua is a prophet then what he says must be true and should not be discarded or misrepresented. A heavy responsibility for those who want to share his words with others but then those who have made Joshua their Lord have been given God’s Spirit , which n turn provides discernment.
Why Question. What is the point of asking questions especially ones we can have no answer to?
Comment. Why not, it certainly exercises the mind and a mind searching for the truth is far more likely to find answers that a mind prepared not to challenge the unknown.
Enjoy searching for The Truth, God’s Truth, as given to us by God’s very own son Joshua.
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