April 2, 2010

Quote of the Day for Good Friday

In honor of Good Friday, I offer the following original translation of some excerpts from the Gospel of John:

In the beginning Reason was - Reason was directed toward God, and Reason was God. He was directed toward God in the beginning. All things came about through Him, and none of the things that came about came about apart from Him. In Him was life, and the life was the light of human beings. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not grasp it.
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[Reason] was the true light, which, coming into the world, enlightens every human being. He was in the world, and the world came about through Him, but the world did not know Him
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And Reason became meat, and He lived among us, and we perceived His glory - glory as the only-begotten Son of the Father, full of grace and truth ... The Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came about through Jesus Christ.
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Before the Feast of Passover Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world [and go] to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he brought his love for them to perfection ... Knowing that the Father had handed over all things into His control [lit. 'hands'], and that He came from God and was going to God, He got up from dinner and set aside His robe and, taking a towel, wrapped it around His waist. Then He put water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel around His waist.
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[Jesus said,] "Just as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love ... This is my commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: the one who sets aside his own life for the sake of his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.
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After Jesus said these things ... Judas took a company of [Roman] soldiers and [temple police] from the high priest and from the Pharisees' servants and came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons.
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Therefore, the company of soldiers and their commander and the servants of the Jewish [leaders] seized Jesus and bound Him.
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[The Roman Procurator Pointius] Pilate went back into the Praetorium and summoned Jesus and said to Him, "are you the king of the Jews?" ... Jesus answered, "My Kingdom is not from this world. If My kingdom were from this world, My servants would struggle to prevent Me from being handed over to the Jewish [leaders], but in fact [lit. 'now'] My Kingdom is not from here." Pilate said to him: "you are a king, then?" Jesus responded, "you say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this: that I might testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice." Pilate said to Him, "What is truth?"
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Therefore, when the chief priests and their servants saw [Jesus], they yelled: "Crucify! Crucify!" Pilate said to them, "you take him and crucify him; I've found no guilt [lit. 'cause'] in him." The Jewish [crowd] answered him, "We have a law, and according to the law he ought to die, because he claimed to be [lit. 'made himself'] the Son of God." When Pilate heard this statement, he became very afraid, and he went back into the Praetorium and said to Jesus, "where are you from?" But Jesus did not give him an answer. Therefore Pilate said to Him, "are you not speaking to me? Don't you know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?" Jesus answered him, "you would not have authority over Me if it had not been given to you from above. For this reason the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin." ... Then, because of [the crowd, Pilate] handed Him over to be crucified.
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Pilate also had a notice [of the charges against Him] written and posted on the cross. The notice said: "Jesus the Nazarene, the King of the Jews."
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After this Jesus, seeing that all things had already been perfected, in order that the Scripture might also be perfectly fulfilled, said: "I'm thirsty." A jar of vinegar was nearby, so they put a sponge full of vinegar on hyssop and held it up to His mouth. Therefore, when Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "it's perfect." Bowing His head, he surrendered His spirit.

(John 1:1-5, 9-10, 14, 17; 13:1, 3-5; 15:9, 12-14; 18:1, 3, 12, 33-38; 19:6-11, 16, 19, 28-30)

Posted by Kenny at April 2, 2010 9:18 AM
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