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Many have undertaken deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls, but none compared to what was found by a shepherd boy in ...
Many have undertaken deciphering the Dead Sea Scrolls, but none compared to what was found by a shepherd boy in 1957. It was an old clay pot, tucked away under some dirt in a cave...The antiquities dealer was a skilled reader of ancient dialects and texts....The scroll he had acquired that day was very much like some of the ancient manuscripts he had seen from around the time of Christ. When he peeled back the fragile pages of the scroll to inspect the writing, he saw that it was in fact an unsigned and never before seen ancient parable of Christ, which appeared to have been written by one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus. Before he released it to the world, he had to read it himself and translate a copy to keep. He eventually sold the original scroll to a man claiming to be with the Catholic Church. The antiquities dealer waited years for the original to surface, but it never did nor did he ever again see the man that bought the scroll from him. He had a burning desire, deep in his heart, for the world to know the details of the scroll before he died. He decided to make another copy of his translated text.
This is the copy of that translation.that the world may know.
Grace and peace to you from God the Father and his son the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Praise be to God, the Father, for his love and unending mercy toward all people who are of the earth. God not wanting any to perish, but wanting all to come to the knowledge of him through our Lord and King Jesus Christ, who alone is the eternal spotless Lamb of God. His mercy endures to all generations, not only now, but in the generations to come.
You see, at just the right time God sent his son to save us from the coming second death. The second death that was foretold long ago and all know one day will come for those that have not accepted Jesus as their Lord. Judgment day will come to all men. All that have been will stand before him who created them and the books will be opened.
God in his infinite wisdom has given us his son that all who believes in him will not perish but receive eternal life. It is this eternal life that Jesus had told his disciples about. A place where there is no pain and no death. Heaven is a place where God himself shall wipe away every tearfrom our eyes. All our pains and sorrows will be made clear. In that day we will see God's face. We will then know love and joy and peace as we have never known before.
The books will be opened. All our lives will fl ash before our eyes like the sun crosses the heavens. Heaven is our hope and what we long for, and not this evil world where all flesh is like a mist coming up in the morning and vanishing in the noon heat.
Many are still looking for the coming Messiah, thinking him to be a warrior king, as some have misinterpreted the scriptures. I was one believing that the Messiah was going to restore the kingdom to Israel. Until that night in the garden of Gethsemane, when the temple guard came and took him away.
All our hopes were dashed to pieces that night. It was the thought that Jesus was going to restore Israel to rule the earth that led me to flee my Lord that night in the garden, when it was apparent that he really had no power to stop what was happening to him.
I was, until his resurrection, one who looked to him to be the warrior king prophesied about long ago. He tried many times to show his disciples who he really was, but we did not understand.
I remember when we were on our way to Jerusalem and Jesus was leading the way. All the disciples that followed him were astonished and some where afraid. With an iron will, Jesus was going to Jerusalem and no one understood why. The religious leaders were there, looking for a way to kill him. They wanted to do it in secret, for the whole world believed Jesus to be a prophet.
"Who but God could perform such miracles?" the people said.
Again, he took his disciples aside and told us plainly, "We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed and given to the chief priests and other religious leaders. They will condemn him to death and turn him over to the Gentiles who will mock him, spit on him, flog him and then kill him. Three days later he will rise."
We said, "Lord never! This can never happen to you!"
"O my children," Jesus said. "You still believe life is about this world. When will you trust God? When will you understand that God is preparing eternity for those who trust him? Look not to this world but to the next.
God's ways are not your ways. God's thoughts are not your thoughts. Do you see the heavens? Are they not so much higher than you? The heavens are higher than you, so are God's ways and God's thoughts higher than yours.
Blessed are they who believe without seeing for this is the faith that God desires. For having faith by seeing is really no faith at all. Believe without seeing dear children for this is God's plan. I have given you the miracles as evidence that I am who I say I am. You will have more signs than these. The sign of Jonah will be my greatest miracle and evidence that you may believe I am who I say I am."
Jesus then whispered, "Soon you will see."
Jesus continued, "If anyone comes after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever will put his life down for me will find eternal life. What good will it be to gain the whole world and yet forfeit your soul? What good is it to gain the whole world, for the world and all of its desires are fading away? Know this and live! For all will taste death but not all will die, and in that day the last shall be first and the first shall be last."
Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead of him into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him because he was heading for Jerusalem.
When the disciples, James and John, learned of this, they asked, "Lord, do you want to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"
Jesus said to them, "I did not come to take life but to save it."
We went to another village were there was a teacher of the law. He rose up in front of the crowd that Jesus was speaking to and asked a question to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "What must I do to be given eternal life?"
Jesus answered, "What is written in Gods law? How do you read it?"
The teacher of the law answered, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself."
"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live forever!"
Then the teacher of the law asked Jesus, "But who is my neighbor?"
Jesus knew that he wanted to justify himself. Smiling, Jesus said, "I see that you want to justify yourself for you know what God wants and yet you want to convince yourself to do otherwise.
Let me ask you a question. A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He fell into the hands of some thieves who beat him and stole his money and clothes, and then left him bleeding and naked to die. A Priest, who happened to be going down the same road after worshiping God in Jerusalem, sees the man and then passes by on the other side. Then a Levite, after worshiping God came down from Jerusalem on the same road to the place where the man was. He saw the man beaten and bleeding and then he passed by on the other side. Then a Gentile was coming down the mountain from Jerusalem where he had been worshiping God. He came to where the man was; and when he saw him he took pity on him. He bandaged him, clothed him and then took him to the nearest town to an Inn where he took care of him. The next day he gave the Inn Keeper some money to take care of him and said he would reimburse the Inn Keeper for any extra expense he may have. Now, which of the three men was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"
The teacher of the law knew Jesus was right and said meekly, "The one who had mercy on him."
Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
Jesus spoke to the crowd, "Whoever shows mercy will be shown mercy. It is not judgment that you will seek but mercy on the Day of Judgment. So why do you judge one another? Would you rather not show mercy, for you yourselves do not wish to be judged! I tell you that on Judgment Day you will be looking for mercy for yourselves and not judgment. For you know in your hearts that you have done evil to one another. You know in your hearts that you have wronged one another. Whoever shows mercy will be shown mercy and whoever has forgiven will be forgiven. Do unto others as you would have me do unto you.
Doing what God desires stores treasure in heaven. So store treasure in heaven where no one will lose what they have stored for themselves."
Later the disciples asked Jesus, "Good teacher, why did God allow the man to fall into the hands of the robbers?"
Jesus replied, "Why do you call me good? There is only one who is good and that is God. You call yourselves good because you judge yourselves by yourselves? And so the sons of men are the standard of what is good! Instead you should judge yourselves by the highest standard and that is God. The Lord has laid down his standard for you in his word. His word is the Law and the Prophets. God is the standard of what is good for God is the only good. God wants to call you to himself. God wants to call you to his standards. He is the only standard as to what is good.
But to answer your question, which is really a question of, 'Why does God allow evil?' The simple answer is that this life and this world, they are not heaven! This life is not heaven, this world is not heaven, and God wants more for you! Some circumstances that find men are from God, and some are from Satan, allowed by God, but all for one purpose and that purpose is to glorify him who sent me. Remember Job? Job did nothing to deserve the things that happened to him, but God with all his righteousness and justice, rewarded Job exceedingly for his righteousness in the end.
God's purpose is this. All mankind will have a chance of the knowledge of God through me. All will hear the same message, but some will not listen. And that is why God says in his word, 'Eyes all have, but not all see. Ears all have, but not all hear.' Evil is just that, knowing, yet not knowing, seeing, yet not seeing, hearing, yet not hearing. Your actions show everyone who you are. Who a man is in his character will be brought about by the decisions he makes moment to moment in every day life. He will either live by these as a good person, loved by many, for he loves, or he will be a miserable, selfish person, alone and not loved, for he does not love."
Then Jesus smiled at them and said, "Good sacrifices itself for others, where as evil sacrifices others for itself. You are God's children. Children need to be taught to be good, for evil is bound in the heart of every child. Parents need to teach their children! But a student is not greater that his teacher. So be careful who your teacher is. You are who you follow. God wished to give men the freedom to choose to love him or not. So all men can choose to love God and be Godly, or they can choose to love themselves and not be good and therefore become evil. Good chooses godliness in circumstance, where evil chooses worldliness in circumstance. God engineers circumstance in order to give men the opportunity of eternal rewards.
God does not delight in suffering or pain, but these things bring you to perfection if you keep your heart trained towards heaven. If you, though you are evil, know what justice and mercy are, how much more does your heavenly Father? Who is the only good? Is it not God? God knows what justice and mercy are! God is justice! God is mercy! You will be judged by every act!
Who doesn't do well to others and feel good about life and God when circumstances are fair? Who curses God when times are good? Doesn't everyone love when times are good? It's when times are bad that character shows itself, but rejoice for it's your time to shine by showing who your father is! Remember what God said to you through Solomon, 'When times are good be happy but when times are bad remember that God has made one circumstance as well as the other.' God is trying to bring you to himself in all situations. God works for the good for all those that love him and have been called to his purpose. Remember that when you don't think life is fair.
Are not rewards given to those that endure the trial and win the race? It takes faith to win the race and understand God. Faith knows a thing without seeing it.
But let me help you with one matter of faith that most miss, but is in our everyday lives. Love! God is love dear children. Prove to me that love exists! You can't see love. You can't touch love, but you know that it exists when you embrace your wives, your parents or your new born child. I tell you that if you love then you will know no greater joy in all of Gods creation! God is love my children! You feel him everyday when you know love others, and the more you love others the more you feel him! Yes you feel him everyday you just don't recognize it. Eyes you have but you do not see. Ears you have but you do not hear. The more you love the more you know God. Some love a little and some love more. Pray that God helps you to love more. Choose love in all circumstance, for that is the highest good. Remember, love sacrifices itself for others where as hate sacrifices others for itself. Love the Lord your God with all your strength and with all your mind and with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Yes, the freedom to choose has been given to all men. However, they continually chose evil. Fear not, God will wipe away evil on the last day. All the pain you have endured; God will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Is it not I, the Son of Man, who has never sinned, who will be crucified for you? Is God unjust? I will be perfected through suffering and will stay loyal to the Father! Then I will sit at the right hand of God forever!"
The Pharisees that surrounded Jesus tore their clothes at this saying, and cried out, "Blaspheme!"
At this Jesus cried out, "Do not trust in yourselves or in your own understanding, but trust God my children for you will not fully understand until you are standing in front of the Father. All will stand before the Father on that great day and you will all see a distinction between those that love God and those that do not. Live for that day my children for I want you all to know my joy!"
For all these saying the religious leaders hated him and looked for a way to kill Jesus.
He taught many of these things which you all know. Many times people have written of the events leading up to Jerusalem and our Lord's crucifixion. I want to share with you all what Jesus reveled to his disciples when he appeared to us after his death. The things that I am going to share with you, dear children, are hard lessons from our Lord. I want you to remember that our Lord left this world as a lamb, but will return as a lion. God spoke to us through Isaiah saying,
"For to the world a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government of men will be laid on his shoulders. His royal titles will be Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever growing government of peace will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of David, his ancestor from that time on and forever. The passionate resolve and conviction of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this."
We were gathered together in a room in Jerusalem. It was three days after Jesus had been crucified. The Lord had already appeared to some. The disciples that were there in the room were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jesus' brothers.
One asked, "Lord are you now going to restore Israel to its former glory as ruling nation of the world?"
Jesus said, "O unbelieving and perverse generation, when will you see God's way and not your own? Don't you see that still you have only your thoughts of this world and not Gods? I have throughout time shown my prophets visions to help them understand. Since you are so hard of seeing let me show you."
In an instant he took us all from the room to a place we all could not forget, Golgotha. It was this place where the city would pile its dead, both man and animal alike. It was this very vile place where they crucified our Lord. It was as we remembered it that day, dark and raining, and Jesus was on the cross. Whether it was in body or out of the body, I do not know, but there we were, watching our Lord being crucified all over again.
The Jews, including Caiaphas (who was Chief Priest that year), were all there along with the Roman guards. The two thieves were there, one on Jesus' right and one on his left. The Romans were throwing lots for his clothes. Those that loved him were crying inconsolable tears. Others were still hurling insults at him.
I fell at my knees and cried "No! No Lord! No not you Lord! Not again!"
"Shut up you stupid Jew!" the centurion said as he slapped me across the face. I felt the pain of his slap. It was then I realized we were there. I don't know how, but we were there all over again. I thought it to be a dream at first until I felt the sting of the Romans hand.
Jesus cried out, "Elielijoma."
"He's crying out to Elijah." some said.
Others said, "He is thirsty."
"Give him some water!" some cried out.
Caiaphas was riding his horse and said, "Yes give him some bitter water to drink and let's see if Elijah comes to help him."
One of the soldiers put a sponge full of bitter water to Jesus' mouth. Jesus refused.
"You said you could destroy the Temple and then rebuild it in three days!" Caiaphas said mocking Jesus.
Excerpted from The Lost Parable of Christ by Author Unknown Copyright © 2008 by Author Unknown. Excerpted by permission.
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