The Bible Plaque
Bethel has seen its times of great success like the Revival of 1905 when it experienced many converts. It has also seen its times of disappointment. But whether weak or strong, its one aim has been to proclaim the truth of the Gospel and the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.
In 1999 the Church members decided that they wanted to commemorate the Millennium
in a different way, and so they commissioned Paul Webb to make two ceramic murals.
The Bible Plaque shows scenes from the Bible, from the Creation of the Earth
through the fall of man, the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and the eventual
establishment of a New Jerusalem.
Each scene is briefly described below. If you would like to read the full text from the New International Version of the Bible, please click on the relevant button.
The Creation ( Genesis 1 )
God made the entire Universe. He created everything perfect and to live in harmony.
The Fall of Man ( Genesis 3 )
Adam and Eve are the perfect humans, but tempted by Satan, they commit the cardinal sin. They seek equality with God. In consequence they are expelled from paradise and death is introduced into human affairs.
Jacob's Ladder ( Genesis 28 : 10 - 22 )
Jacob has left his father's home to seek a wife of his own people. He is alone and friendless when God appears to him in a dream. He is assured that if he trusts God he will return and father a great people. He names the place Bethel, the "House of God." This Chapel bears the same name.
The Nativity ( Luke 2 ) ( Matthew 2 ) ( John 1 )
By his own efforts man cannot return to paradise or defeat death. God intervenes, sending his own son, the everlasting word, into the world.
The Baptism ( Matthew 3:13-17 ) ( Mark 1:9-11 ) ( Luke 3:21-22)
Jesus is baptized in the Jordan by John the Baptist. In the form of a dove, the Holy Spirit descends on him and the Father proclaims his approbation of Jesus.
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
( Matthew 14:13-21 ) ( Mark 6:30-34 ) ( Luke 9:10-17 ) ( John 6:1-15 )
Jesus uses the small gift of a young boy as a starting point for one of his great miracles. He uses the miracle as an illustration of his teaching, "I am the bread of life."
The Sermon on the Mount ( Matthew 5, 6 and 7 )
Jesus gives his central teachings to the people. In our picture the crowd has been blended with the crowd at the feeding of the five thousand.
Jesus Walks on Water
( Matthew 14:22-33 ) ( Mark 6:45-52 ) ( John 6:16-21 )
After the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand, Jesus sends his disciples ahead by boat. During the night he comes to them walking on the surface of the lake. Peter tries to walk to him, but lacking faith, begins to sink. As always, he knows what to do. He calls to Christ to save him.
The Cleansing of the Temple
( Matthew 21:12-13 ) ( Mark 11:15-17 ) ( Luke 19:45-46 ) ( John 2:13-21 )
Zealous in the service of the Father, Jesus refuses to allow trade to be conducted within the precincts of the Temple.
Suffer the Little Children to Come unto Me
( Matthew 19:13-15 ) ( Mark 10:13-16 ) ( Luke 18:15-17 )
The Disciples, thinking children less important than adults, try to drive them away. Jesus calls them to him and blesses them. He teaches that unless we approach the Kingdom of God with the trust and faith of a small child, we shall not enter it.
( Matthew 27 ) ( Mark 15 ) ( Luke 23 ) ( John 19 )
Jesus dies to save us all. He suffers the pains of our sins, enters Hell, and is victorious. From the Cross, he proclaims, "It is finished." His work is done. Sin has no more power to bind humanity.
( Matthew 28 ) ( Mark 16 ) ( Luke 24 ) ( John 20 and 21 )
( 1 Corinthians 15 )
Death cannot hold the all powerful Lord. Because he lives we shall live also.
New Jerusalem ( Revelation 21 )
In Christ all is made new. Humanity is reconciled with God through His divine sacrifice.