|Chapter 196||The Great Gospel of John, Book 1|
More miraculous angelic service in Kisjonah’s house. Just one angel in charge of the terrestrial plant world. The angel’s hints about his power, which only is that of the Lord. The quick messenger.
1. Kisjonah goes to the larder and finds the neatly arranged supplies of milk, cheese and butter in their respective places, then goes to the barns, finding them full; for even the ripened harvest of the field had been brought in. He then goes to the great stables for cattle, sheep as well as donkeys, finding everything properly attended. From there he goes to his big office building, checks the books and finds everything in proper order, checking the tills and finding them all full. He rushes to the large kitchen and there finds everything fixed up by the right quantity and selections, fully cooked, asking the men and women cooks how this may have taken place. These can tell him only, 'A beautiful youth came into the kitchen, saying; place the foods in the bowls as they are already well prepared. We checked the foods and it was as the youth said, who immediately left us. Taste them, and you shall see it is so.'
2. Sampling the foods, Kisjonah finds the cooks are telling the truth. He quickly betakes himself back to the big room where I was, and the youth asks him, 'Now, are you happy with me Kisjonah?'
3. Says Kisjonah, 'Much of the supernatural has indeed already taken place in my house, for which I could not account other than say, with God all things are possible. Yet this nevertheless is the most incredible so far. To carry out in a moment a task that could have taken a solid day's work, that as said, through a man filled with God's spirit is understandable. But that a hundred tasks in widely separated locations can be simultaneously carried out by one human being in just one moment is a completely different thing, and to a mortal is entirely beyond grasp or intellectual acumen, and I can only once again say, Lord, have mercy upon me, a poor sinner, for never shall I be worthy of Your living under my roof.'
4. Say I to Kisjonah, 'Let you now cease your astonishment and have your people bring in the foods, for we are all now in need of the same.
5. But if you are already so much taken aback with this, what will you say if I tell you that, of a truth, on the entire earth, only one angel is assigned the task of caring and acting upon all the grass, shrubbery and trees: for the bringing forth of all the most diverse fruits, as well as take care of all the animals of the sea, air and upon the land? Such too shall be incomprehensible to you; and yet behold, it is and takes place so. Hence do not be astonished unduly, but go and let the foods be brought in through your servants.'
6. Says Kisjonah, 'Lord, my only love and life, what if You were to permit this wonderful youth to assist me with getting the large quantities of food in here, since it is bound to take my servants a full hour?'
7. Say I, 'Just so, avail yourself of him. Only cut out the excessive amazement, for you know that with God all things are quite easily possible.'
8. Kisjonah is fully satisfied with such advice and implores the amicably beaming youth to assist in getting the foods from the kitchen unto the set tables.
9. Says the youth, 'But without all that astonishment dearest friend. Just take a look at the tables. It already took place while you were still contemplating asking the Lord of all glory for my assistance. But where do you have your wine?'
10. Says Kisjonah, casually mustering the tables and secretly amazed, 'Verily, we nearly forgot the wine. Would you be so good and get it from the cellar?'
11. Says the youth, 'Take a look, once again it is taken care of. The wine is on the table with the foods in the right quantity.'
12. Kisjonah eyes the forty large tables set in the big dining room, and nothing is lacking; chairs and benches are in the most beautiful order, and the lamps, for lighting up at dusk, provided in right number on all the tables, already are burning with clean flames.
13. On seeing all this Kisjonah, inwardly stunned, says after a while, 'Oh God, Oh God, You my Jesus, my love eternal. If this is kept up, then all my dwellings shall come apart yet today, and all wood and stone therein shall come alive'. And turning to the youth, 'My fairest young man, human or angel - whatever you might be - tell me just a little of how this is possible to you.'
14. Says the youth, 'You are indeed inquisitive; I tell you that nothing is possible to me without Him Who now dwells with you in this house. He alone carries out all these things! But on how this is possible to Him, you shall have to seek His advice, for the power within me to act thus is not my possession but the Lord's possession, Who right now is taking abode at your dwelling. Therefore go and ask Him.'
15. Says Kisjonah, 'That, dearest friend, I do know indeed; only the ways and means on how this is possible, that is where I would like a hint. Surely you need motion? But how speedy and sure this must be! For compared to this, lightning itself is a snail's pace. Ah, ah, I must think no more about it. If only you had needed at least a hundred moments for all this, then the thing would still be understandable; but like this - without discernible span of time - and in best order at that, this is what yanks me right out of my usual thinking mode, so that I hardly dare to breathe for reverence and admiration.'
16. Say I to Kisjonah, 'Now then, friend, are you not finished with your astonishment yet? I suggest that we now take our seats at the table and first eat supper and discuss further points on God's omnipotence and His most distinct love and wisdom thereafter.'
17. Says Kisjonah, 'Forgive me, Lord! I nearly forgot why the foods and drinks are on the table, for all the astonishment over astonishment; hence I would ask You and all Yours to get down to the table! But where is the mother of Your body Mary, and those she brought with her, Your supposed sisters, that I may go and fetch them to supper?'
18. Say I, 'Just ask about your wife and daughters; that's where also good Mary is, together with the daughters of Joseph, who was My earthly adoptive father. These are now busy with each other taking in everything, for which they would of course still have tomorrow, the day after tomorrow and even later. Our young and nimble servant shall indeed fetch them and bring them here; so be at ease.'
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