The Letter Of Jesus

Although the Bible is a complete account of all the basic essentials of the Christian faith there are many things concerning Jesus Christ that are not included.

One example is a letter from King Abgar of Edessa to Jesus and the letter the Lord sent in response which I thought may be of interest to some.

In regards to this, most historians and biblical scholars that have researched these letters have concluded they are authentic as do the traditional Churches.

Although there are many ways to confirm the authenticity of this writing and there are a number of translations available, I have presented here the story from the viewpoint of Eusebius, Bishop of Ceasarea (c. 260 A.D.-339 A.D.) who recorded it in his work, “The Church History”.

Eusebius explains that at the time of Christ’s ministry in the Flesh, Abgar was suffering from a terrible and incurable illness and after hearing the many stories of the miracles of Jesus he sent a courier named Ananias with a letter requesting that the Lord come and heal him.

The following is a copy of the original letters that were still held by the Church in Edessa in Eusebius’ time.

“Abgar Uchama, the Toparch, to Jesus the excellent Savior who has appeared in the region of Jerusalem, greeting. I have heard about you and the cures you accomplish without drugs or herbs. Word has it that you make the blind see and the lame walk, that you heal lepers and cast out unclean spirits and demons, and that you cure those tortured by chronic disease and raise the dead. When I heard all these things about you, I decided that one of two things is true: either you are God and came down from heaven to do these things or you are God’s Son for doing them. For this reason I am writing to beg you to take the trouble to come to me and heal my suffering. I have also heard that the Jews are murmuring against you and plot to harm you. Now, my city-state is very small but highly regarded and adequate for both of us.”

Jesus did not consent to his request but favored him with a personal letter, promising to send one of his disciples to cure the disease and bring salvation to him and his relatives. The promise was soon fulfilled. After Christ’s resurrection and ascension, Thomas, one of the Twelve, was divinely inspired to send Thaddeus, one of the Seventy, to Edessa as preacher and evangelist, who fulfilled all the terms of our Savior’s promise.

The following is the reply of Jesus Christ to Abgar of Edessa, carried by the same courier, Ananias.

“Blessed are you who believed in me without seeing me! For it is written that those who have seen me will not believe in me and that those who have not seen me will believe and live. Now regarding your request that I come to you, I must first complete all that I was sent to do here, and, once that is completed, must be taken up to the One who sent me. When I have been taken up, I will send one of my disciples to heal your suffering and bring life to you and yours.”

This personal letter from Jesus Christ to a man who had true faith is only one of the many treasures concerning the Lord that have often gone unnoticed by many Christians today.

However, to those who may deny that this letter is authentic and reject the testimony of Eusebius and the vast majority who support it, based on the fact that this communication is not recorded in the canon of scriptures we today call the Bible, please consider the following verse.

“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” John 21:25

I hope you find this of interest.

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