Why this Essay?
There is nothing more important to a Christian,
whether Roman Catholic or Evangelical,
than to become more and more like Jesus: He is the Example
that God has given us. He teaches us how to live our lives
and with what outlook.
To this effect, it is imperative to study carefully the
Gospels as they are our only prime sources about
His teaching and His life on earth.
The Gospel texts are common to all Christians. And all
English speaking Christians not only accept the authority
of the Greek New Testament but also consider the
King James Bible as one of its faithful English translations.
So they can work together from this translation to learn how
to become more and more like Jesus
our Lord, and so to become more and more a Christian.
This is what I am trying to do from my
Roman Catholic background, my own theological
studies, my experiences with Pentecostalism
and my life as a husband, a father and a teacher.
I have already examined quite a few excerpts of
the Gospels in my essay «Life, Love and Law» as well as in
«Christians and Scripture»
but had to leave many important Gospel texts for another time.
What I want to do in this short essay is to examine a crucial excerpt found only in
John's Gospel, and more precisely in his Chapters 13 to 17,
a passage which refers to events that took place on the eve of Jesus' death
between His last meal with His disciples
and His arrival in the garden where He was arrested.
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