THE ATONEMENT

THE ATONEMENT

The Gospel of NICODEMUS the disciple, concerning the Sufferings and Resurrection of our Master and Saviour JESUS CHRIST.

Published on WordPress by Donna Brown Bowles GOOD FRIDAY 2023

CHAP. I.

1 Christ accused to Pilate by the Jews of healing on the sabbath, 9 summoned before Pilate by a messenger who does him honour, 20 worshipped by the standards bowing down to him.
ANNAS and Caiaphas, and Summas, and Datam, Gamaliel, Judas, Levi, Nepthalim, Alexander, Cyrus, and other Jews, went to Pilate about Jesus, accusing him with many bad crimes.
2 And said, We are assured that Jesus is the son of Joseph the carpenter, 1 land born of Mary, and that he declares himself the Son of God, and a king; 2 and not only so, but attempts the dissolution of the sabbath, 3 and the laws of our fathers.
3 Pilate replied; What is it which he declares? and what is it which he attempts dissolving?
4 The Jews told him, We have a law which forbids doing cures on the sabbath day; 4 but he cures both the lame and the deaf, those afflicted with the palsy, the blind, and lepers, and demoniacs, on that day by wicked methods.
5 Pilate replied, How can he do this by wicked methods? They answered, He is a conjurer, and casts out devils by the prince of the devils; 5  6 and so all things become subject to him.
6 Then said Pilate, Casting out devils seems not to be the work of an unclean spirit, but to proceed from the power of God.
7 The Jews replied to Pilate, We entreat your highness to summon him to appear before your tribunal, and hear him yourself.
8 Then Pilate called a messenger and said to him, By what means will Christ be brought hither?
9 Then went the messenger forth, and knowing Christ, worshipped him; and having spread the cloak which he had in his hand upon the ground, he said, Lord, walk upon this, and go in, for the governor calls thee.
10 When the Jews perceived what the messenger had done they exclaimed (against him) to Pilate, and said, Why did you not give him his summons by a beadle, and not by a messenger?—For the messenger, when he saw him, worshipped him, and spread the cloak which he had in his hand upon the ground before him, and said to him, Lord, the governor calls thee.
11 Then Pilate called the messenger, and said, Why hast thou done thus?
12 The messenger replied, When thou sentest me from Jerusalem to Alexander, I saw Jesus sitting in a mean figure upon a she-ass, and the children of the Hebrews cried out, Hosannah, holding boughs of trees in their hands.
13 Others spread their garments in the way, and said, Save us, thou who art in heaven; blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord. 7
14 Then the Jews cried out, against the messenger, and said, The children of the Hebrews made their acclamations in the Hebrew language; and how couldst thou, who art a Greek, understand the Hebrew?
15 The messenger answered them and said, I asked one of the Jews and said, What is this which the children do cry out in the Hebrew language?
16 And he explained it to me, saying, they cry out Hosannah, which being interpreted, is, O, Lord, save me; or, O Lord, save.
17 Pilate then said to them, Why do you yourselves testify to the words spoken by the children, namely, by your silence? In what has the messenger done amiss? And they were silent.
18 Then the governor said unto the messenger, Go forth and endeavour by any means to bring him in.
19 But the messenger went forth, and did as before; and said, Lord, come in, for the governor calleth thee.
20 And as Jesus was going in by the ensigns, who carried the standards, the tops of them bowed down and worshipped Jesus.
21 Whereupon the Jews exclaimed more vehemently against the ensigns.
22 But Pilate said to the Jews, I know it is not pleasing to you that the tops of the standards did of themselves bow and worship Jesus; but why do ye exclaim against the ensigns, as if they had bowed and worshipped?
23 They replied to Pilate, We saw the ensigns themselves bowing and worshipping Jesus.
24 Then the governor called the ensigns and said unto them, Why did you do thus?
25 The ensigns said to Pilate, We are all Pagans and worship the gods in temples; and how should we think anything about worshipping him? We only held the standards in our hands and they bowed themselves and worshipped him.
26 Then said Pilate to the rulers of the synagogue, Do ye yourselves choose some strong men, and let them hold the standards, and we shall see whether they will then bend of themselves.
27 So the elders of the Jews sought out twelve of the most strong and able old men, and made them hold the standards and they stood in the presence of the governor.
28 Then Pilate said to the messenger, Take Jesus out, and by some means bring him in again. And Jesus and the messenger went out of the hall.
29 And Pilate called the ensigns who before had borne the standards, and swore to them, that if they had not borne the standards in that manner when Jesus before entered in, he would cut off their heads.
30 Then the governor commanded Jesus to come in again.
31 And the messenger did as he had done before, and very much entreated Jesus that he would go upon his cloak, and walk on it, and he did walk upon it, and went in.
32 And when Jesus went in, the standards bowed themselves as before, and worshipped him.

https://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/lbob/lbob10.htm
The Lost Books of the Bible, [1926], at sacred-texts.com

THE ATONEMENT

CAST THE FIRST STONE

Jesus’ statement “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” is found in John 8. Jesus was teaching in the temple when the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, and they asked Him if she should be stoned as required by the Law of Moses. However, they cared nothing about this woman; they were using her to trap Jesus. In their minds, if He told them to set the woman free, they could claim He did not hold to the Law of Moses. If He told them to stone her, they could claim He was not the Savior; and, if He said nothing, they could claim He lacked wisdom. Jesus did not answer immediately but stooped and wrote something on the ground, and they kept pressing Him. Finally, the Lord said, in essence, “Go ahead and stone her because that is what the Law requires. But the Law also requires that the first stone be thrown by a person who is sinless in connection with this charge” (John 8:6–7).

There is no doubt that this woman was guilty of a capital offense and that the Law required that she be stoned, but the Law also required that the guilty man be stoned as well (Deuteronomy 22:22), that witnesses be produced, and that a witness begin the execution. But the Jewish leaders came with venom against Jesus and were thwarted by their own single-minded hate. They did not produce the guilty man, and they were unwilling or unable to produce the required witnesses. We do not know what Jesus wrote, but, after He wrote a second time, the Jews left one by one, from the oldest to the youngest, without saying another word. Jesus then set the woman free with a warning to her to sin no more.

From this passage we learn that we do not accuse others unless we first thoroughly search our own hearts and minds to make certain that we are pure in every possible aspect (Matthew 7:3). Also, if we must admonish someone, we should do so as instructed in Scripture; we always look to God’s glory and never cause unnecessary division or harm (Matthew 18:15), but we do work to keep the church pure. Moreover, Jesus was the only sinless person in the temple scene, and, instead of condemning the woman, He looked ahead to His work on the cross and offered her life. Likewise, we should use every possible opportunity to forgive and to reach out with the gospel and the love of Christ, always remembering that we, too, are sinners in need of the Savior (Romans 3:23).

MY SISTER

By Donna Brown © 2/6/2023

MY SISTER

1987 California

Her stories, and, the magic and wonder that she created when I was a child.

It was a winter Christmas night in Buffalo New York in 1963.
My oldest sister, Mary was going Christmas shopping and I asked her if I could go because I had never been out after dark, especially at Christmas time.
I was just 7yrs old.
Needless to say, she allowed me to go and I must say;  it was one of the most beautiful Christmas experiences that I ever had.

We only lived a few blocks away from the gigantic department stores, one was called Hens and Kelly’s,
I believe that was the name.

It was snowing and as we approached the bright lights of the city, my eyes must have been as big as quarters!
I just couldn’t believe how beautiful and magical everything felt!
There were Christmas lights of every color and size dangling from the street signs, the buildings, and every department store window.
There were decorated Christmas trees, bells ringing, carolers singing, and Christmas music playing in every store.
I just couldn’t believe my eyes!
Then we went into Hen’s-n-Kellys department store and, my sister asked me if I wanted to go see Santa, and of course I did.

I told Santa what I wanted for Christmas and he gave me a hug and a candy cane. It was great!
Then, we were off to the next store.
We passed a police man who was walking the beat, he nodded and said, Merry Christmas!
He was so kind.
Next, we happen to pass another Santa from the salvation army.
He was so happy and jolly and he said,
“Merry Christmas, ho ho ho” as he shook his bell with gladness!
There was so much love in the air.

Then, it occurred to me that, I had just sat on Santa’s lap in the last store.
I mentioned it to my sister and, I told her that it’s impossible to have two Santa’s and now, I’m not sure if I believe in Santa anymore.
She said, “no sweetheart, there’s not two Santa’s but, only one.”
She continued. Do you see those raindeer over there? Well, they fly from store to store so, that Santa can be everywhere and see all the children.
I was like, “wow, really!”
I remember thinking, how amazing that was and, to this day, I believe that was the best Christmas ever!
The Spirit of Christmas was everywhere!
I never told her how much that meant to me as a child.
So, now I want to thank you sister for making my Christmas dreams come true in Buffalo New York, 1963.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
MAY ALL YOUR WISHES AND DREAMS COME TRUE.
JESUS LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO.

Love always,
Sincerely,
your sister, Donna

WHY DO I DO WHAT I HATE?

In his letter to the Roman church, the apostle Paul wrote, “for what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not doing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate… For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me.” (Romans 7:15, Romans 7:19-20)

Like Paul, myself and, many others, struggle with our rebellious natures.
When we fail, we think that we cannot live up to the expectations of God’s laws. We think, ” it’s impossible to do the things that we should do;
Because we do the very things we hate and know are wrong.
And when we mess up, we can often grow weary, and beat ourselves up!
We feel defeated and hopeless and that’s when the evil one whispers in our ear saying, “You’re terrible, worthless and you can’t measure up!”
That could be no further from the truth!
The truth is that, you’re now perfect in God’s eyes by the power of the cross and through the blood of Jesus.

What Does it mean,  ‘What I Want to Do, I Do Not Do, but What I Hate, I Do?

Even a Christian as, mature as Paul felt as we do.
He understood that just because we love God and desire to be like Jesus, we still fall short.  Paul went so far as to call himself the “chief of sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) and a “wretched man” (Romans 7:24), recognizing that, though God’s way is spiritual, he was not (Romans 7:14).
We all make mistakes and we all sin. We are at constant war with our old, sinful nature and the deceiver, which is fighting to reclaim his place of influence in our lives.

We will never be perfect in this world, if we could achieve perfection, Jesus wouldn’t have had to sacrifice himself for our sins.

His grace is sufficient for all.
The evil one, would have you believe that you’re just not good enough so why try; however, Jesus said, repeat and I’ll forgive you.
That’s it, it’s that easy; however, it must be sincere.

So, don’t beat yourself up. It’s okay to be human.
Remember that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.

I believe that’s why Jesus had said this. “He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” (John 8:7)

This also, in Matthew 7, is a confirmation of His understanding of our weaknesses; moreover, His unconditional love for us.

Matthew 7:1-5
[1] Judge not, that ye be not judged.
[2] For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
[3] And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
[4] Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
[5] Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

I AM COMING TO GET YOU

JOSHUA LEVI
02/19/1994 – 01-29-2022

January 29, 2023.

LEVI went to heaven January 29, 2022
He’s now one year old in heaven. An innocent baby, a child of GOD, he’s with his real Father in heaven, and I cannot wait to see his beautiful face and smile again!!!
Come quickly my Lord, my Father and my Savior, JESUS CHRIST.

FROM JESUS:
I am coming to get you very soon! Donna, you will be reunited with your Son, your family, and your real Father in heaven. Stay close to me for you are my daughter and Levi is with Me for, I AM his Father as well as your’s. Watch for me and keep the light that I have given you. For JESUS IS the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness CANNOT put it out. Love Always and forever, GOD.

~JESUS CHRIST,
THE SON OF GOD ~

JESUS IS COMING ❤️💙💚💛🧡❤️

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION OF JESUS THE CHRIST

Physical Description of Jesus the Christ & Physical Descriptions of
Jesus by
The Christ Eye-Witnesses

This is a reprinting of a letter from Pontius Pilate to Tiberius Caesar describing the physical appearance of Jesus.

Copies are in the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.

A Gentile

TO TIBERIUS CAESAR:
A young man appeared in Galilee preaching with humble unction, a new law in the Name of the God that had sent
Him. At first I was apprehensive that His design was to stir up the people against the Romans, but my fears were
soon dispelled. Jesus of Nazareth spoke rather as a friend of the Romans than of the Jews. One day I observed in
the midst of a group of people a young man who was leaning against a tree, calmly addressing the multitude. I
was told it was Jesus. This I could easily have suspected so great was the difference between Him and those who
were listening to Him. His golden colored hair and beard gave to his appearance a celestial aspect. He appeared to
be about 30 years of age. Never have I seen a sweeter or more serene countenance. What a contrast between Him
and His bearers with their black beards and tawny complexions! Unwilling to interrupt Him by my presence, I
continued my walk but signified to my secretary to join the group and listen. Later, my secretary reported that
never had he seen in the works of all the philosophers anything that compared to the teachings of Jesus. He told
me that Jesus was neither seditious nor rebellious, so we extended to Him our protection. He was at liberty to act,
to speak, to assemble and to address the people. This unlimited freedom provoked the Jews– not the poor but the
rich and powerful. Later, I wrote to Jesus requesting an interview with Him at the Praetorium. He came. When
the Nazarene made His appearance I was having my morning walk and as I faced Him my feet seemed fastened
with an iron hand to the marble pavement and I trembled in every limb as a guilty culprit, though he was calm.
For some time I stood admiring this extraordinary Man. There was nothing in Him that was repelling, nor in His
character, yet I felt awed in His presence. I told Him that there was a magnetic simplicity about Him and His
personality that elevated Him far above the philosophers and teachers of His day. Now, Noble Sovereign, these are
the facts concerning Jesus of Nazareth and I have taken the time to write you in detail concerning these matters. I
say that such a man who could convert water into wine, change death into life, disease into health; calm the
stormy seas, is not guilty of any criminal offense and as others have said, we must agree – truly this is the Son of
God!
Your most obedient servant, Pontius Pilate…