with King Abgar
Introduction: Around the year A.D. 300, the Christian historian Eusebius described the evangelization of Eastern Syria, telling of Abgar, a former king of the region around Edessa. Abgar became ill, and, having heard of Jesus’ remarkable healing powers, sent a letter to him requesting him to come to Edessa to heal him. Eusebius then quotes Jesus’ letter in reply. Of the authenticity of these letters, Eusebius was quite convinced, saying, “We have written evidence of these (epistles) from the archives of Edessa, then the capital city”
Abgar Ouchama, the Toparch, to Jesus, the good Savior who has appeared in the area of Jerusalem, greeting. I have heard all about you and about your healings which you do without medicines and plants. According to the report, you make the blind see, the lame walk; you cleanse those with leprosy, you exorcise unclean spirits and demons, you heal those tormented by chronic disease, and you raise the dead.
I heard these things concerning you and I decided you are one of two things: either you are God and you came down from Heaven to do these things, or you do them because you are a son of God. I, therefore, write to you and beg you to take the trouble to come to me and to heal the suffering I have. I also heard that the Jews are spreading evil rumors about you and wish to hurt you. My city is small and pious, and there is room for both of us.
Jesus to Abgar: You are blessed; you believe in me; and you have not seen me. It is written concerning me, “Those who have seen me will not believe in me,” and “Those who have not seen me will believe and will be saved.” Regarding what you wrote to me, that is, to come to you, I have to complete everything I was sent to do and, after this fulfillment, to be taken up to im who sent me. After I have been taken up, I will send to you one of my disciples to heal your suffering and to provide life for you and those with you.