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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (March 27, 2005)         

         

 Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

          John12:44 And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me. 45 And he who sees me sees him who sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. 47 If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has himself given me commandment what to say and what to speak. 50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has bidden me."

          Dr. Holmes in the Science of Mind (1926) references Matthew 5:5 "the meek shall inherit the earth."  This is a teaching of non-resistance.  War lords and plunderers of human possessions have come and gone.  Kingdoms have risen only to crumble in dust and become numbered with past events.  Passion and lust for power have strewn the earth with destruction.  It would seem as though the meek had lost out in the gigantic struggle for temporal supremacy.  In the midst of this drama of human existence, Jesus declared that the meek shall inherit the earth.  <SOM>

       Countless numbers of people will go to churches this Sunday to celebrate Easter and the Life of Jesus.  Most will see Him as coming off a cross after dying for their petty little sins ... but if that is their understanding ... they don't understand Him at all ... and here we are in 2005 ... isn't it time we understood the lesson that Jesus was trying to teach us?  He went through the process of crucifixion, death and resurrection ... to teach us that this is what we will all experience ... to some degree in this Life and perhaps even beyond.  His Great Lesson was that God Is the Only Power ... that as we connect with God ... we connect with this One Power that sustains and maintains Life ... God's Life ... as expressed by ALL of us. All that there IS ... IS GOD ... everyone ... our enemies, our friends, those we love and those we hate ... EVERY ONE IS GOD EXPRESSING LIFE ... and this LIFE will always be God's Life ... and God will always retain Power over IT ... no matter what our foolish ideas may be about it.

       Jesus' teachings were so simple ... He said even a child could understand ... but the masses of us have lost sight of what He was teaching as we have believed in the "world of effects" more than we have believed in God.  We have given our power to the infidels who have clothed themselves in the robes of the religious and the political.  Always remember it was the people with the seeming power who wanted Jesus crucified ... not the seeming powerless.  The religious and the politicians gained their power in the times of Jesus by separating the people ... by calling some good and some evil ... but the true evil was in the hearts of those who clothed themselves with self-righteousness and crucified the Radical Rabbi who had the evidence of what they thought was hidden from the world ... and they murdered Him for fear He would reveal the true nature of those who worshiped the false power of the world.  "Be in the world, but not of the world," He cautioned ... but those who were "of the world" ... murdered Him.  

        We will never experience true peace in the world until the love for peace is greater than the love for power.  Our religions and our political organizations have yet to evolve to this understanding.  As long as religion separates people, condemns the image and likeness of God in whatever form ... it will hold us in bondage to false ideas ... ideas that crucify the soul of all those who feel the impulse to express God's Life differently than what the world calls "normal."  Even the word "normal" has a certain morbid-ness to it ... as it creates a "limitation" that we must "mold" our Life into in order to comply with the false idea of it.  Jesus was not "normal" ... and He was not "supernatural" ... He was steadfast and immovable in His desire to give us a greater understanding of who we are and Who we represent, but in order to do so He had to "demonstrate" what He was teaching ... and He did.  He realized to the very core of His being-ness that His Life was the Life of God in expression ... and He told us to believe that our Life was too!

        The greatest tribute we can make to the Greatest of Rabbis is to take our "stuff" to God ... declare that we are "healed" ... and "resurrect" the Goodness, the Wholeness and the Love that is within us ... "love one another" ... and cultivate a deep conviction of peace in our hearts ... for all people and in all ways.

And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
,
Rev. Hank Bates
                        

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