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For Gospel of John read Gospel of Lazarus

Say, I wrote this email to you way back in 25/5/2011. I am refreshing it. This is because I believe that you were not as spiritually wise those days as you are today. Those days you used to read the Bible literally! Read these paragraphs in Gospel of John later you will I hope concur with me that this guy Lazarus is a key witness to the eternity that is Christ read the last sentence in the last gospel passage cited in this email later on - it is his .e. this witness's gospel we should be reading which turns out to be the incorrectly named Gospel of John it should my opinion be the Gospel according to Lazarus! John 13:21-28: - 21 Having said this, Jesus was deeply disturbed and declared, 'In all truth I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.' 22 The disciples looked at each other, wondering whom he meant. 23 The disciple Jesus loved was reclining next to Jesus; 24 Simon Peter signed to him and said, 'Ask who it is he means,' 25 so leaning back close to Jesus' chest he said, 'Who is it, Lord?' 26 Jesus answered, 'It is the one to whom I give the piece of bread that I dip in the dish.' And when he had dipped the piece of bread he gave it to Judas son of Simon Iscariot. 27 At that instant, after Judas had taken the bread, Satan entered him. Jesus then said, 'What you are going to do, do quickly.' 28 None of the others at table understood why he said this. John 18:12-18: - 12 The cohort and its tribune and the Jewish guards seized Jesus and bound him. 13 They took him first to Annas, because Annas was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 It was Caiaphas who had counselled the Jews, 'It is better for one man to die for the people.' 15 Simon Peter, with another disciple, followed Jesus. This disciple, who was known to the high priest, went with Jesus into the high priest's palace, 16 but Peter stayed outside the door. So the other disciple, the one known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the doorkeeper and brought Peter in. 17 The girl on duty at the door said to Peter, 'Aren't you another of that man's disciples?' He answered, 'I am not.' 18 Now it was cold, and the servants and guards had lit a charcoal fire and were standing there warming themselves; so Peter stood there too, warming himself with the others. [I divert slightly to take you to Mark 14:50-53:- 50 And they all deserted him and ran away. 51 A young man followed with nothing on but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, 52 but he left the cloth in their hands and ran away naked. 53 They led Jesus off to the high priest; and all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes assembled there. 54 Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the high priest's palace, and was sitting with the attendants warming himself at the fire.] [Note, this 'young man' who was 'stripped' naked, and following Jesus at a distance, as Peter was as well, is none other than the disciple 'Lazarus'!] John 19:25-27: - 25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, 'Woman, this is your son.' 27 Then to the disciple he said, 'This is your mother.' And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. John 20:1-10:- 1 It was very early on the first day of the week and still dark, when Mary Magdalene came to the tomb. She saw that the stone had been moved away from the tomb 2 and came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. 'They have taken the Lord out of the tomb,' she said, 'and we don't know where they have put him.' 3 So Peter set out with the other disciple to go to the tomb. 4 They ran together, but the other disciple, running faster than Peter, reached the tomb first; 5 he bent down and saw the linen cloths lying on the ground, but did not go in. 6 Simon Peter, following him, also came up, went into the tomb, saw the linen cloths lying on the ground 7 and also the cloth that had been over his head; this was not with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb

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first also went in; he saw and he believed. 9 Till this moment they had still not understood the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 The disciples then went back home. John 21:1-24:- 1 Later on, Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples. It was by the Sea of Tiberias, and it happened like this: 2 Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee and two more of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said, 'I'm going fishing.' They replied, 'We'll come with you.' They went out and got into the boat but caught nothing that night. 4 When it was already light, there stood Jesus on the shore, though the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus called out, 'Haven't you caught anything, friends?' And when they answered, 'No,' 6 he said, 'Throw the net out to starboard and you'll find something.' So they threw the net out and could not haul it in because of the quantity of fish. 7 The disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 'It is the Lord.' At these words, 'It is the Lord,' Simon Peter tied his outer garment round him (for he had nothing on) and jumped into the water. 8 The other disciples came on in the boat, towing the net with the fish; they were only about a hundred yards from land. 9 As soon as they came ashore they saw that there was some bread there and a charcoal fire with fish cooking on it. 10 Jesus said, 'Bring some of the fish you have just caught.' 11 Simon Peter went aboard and dragged the net ashore, full of big fish, one hundred and fifty-three of them; and in spite of there being so many the net was not broken. 12 Jesus said to them, 'Come and have breakfast.' None of the disciples was bold enough to ask, 'Who are you?'. They knew quite well it was the Lord. 13 Jesus then stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and the same with the fish. 14 This was the third time that Jesus revealed himself to the disciples after rising from the dead. 15 When they had eaten, Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon son of John, do you love me more than these others do?' He answered, 'Yes, Lord, you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my lambs.' 16 A second time he said to him, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' He replied, 'Yes, Lord, you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Look after my sheep.' 17 Then he said to him a third time, 'Simon son of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt that he asked him a third time, 'Do you love me?' and said, 'Lord, you know everything; you know I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my sheep. 18 In all truth I tell you, when you were young you put on your own belt and walked where you liked; but when you grow old you will stretch out your hands, and somebody else will put a belt round you and take you where you would rather not go.' 19 In these words he indicated the kind of death by which Peter would give glory to God. After this he said, 'Follow me.' 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them -- the one who had leant back close to his chest at the supper and had said to him, 'Lord, who is it that will betray you?' 21 Seeing him, Peter said to Jesus, 'What about him, Lord?' 22 Jesus answered, 'If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you? You are to follow me.' 23 The rumour then went out among the brothers that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus had not said to Peter, 'He will not die,' but, 'If I want him to stay behind till I come.' 24 This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and we know that his testimony is true. Without necessarily implying anything, Lazarus was obviously the closest confidante of Jesus and was his beloved, such that Jesus entrusted him with his own mother! Only Lazarus could have understood the significance of the 'tossed linen' at the tomb because he was similarly 'mummified' and later resurrected from the dead! Refer John 11:38-44 about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. And can you feel your hair stand when you see the true purport of Jesus' words to Peter about Lazarus - 'If I want him to stay behind till I come, what does it matter to you?' Try rephrasing it to - 'If I want him to to come back to life till I also come back from the dead, what does it matter to you?' It would take someone who has come back from the dead to attest to another who has come back from the dead! This is the true purport of John 20:8 - Then the other disciple who had reached the tomb first also went in; he saw and he believed. If the Gospel of John should not be the the Gospel of Lazarus then why it is affirmed in - John 21: 24 - This disciple is the one who vouches for these things and has written them down, and we know that his testimony is true.? Love and God Bless! Chuan 24/5/11 - Refreshed on 1/4/14

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