which seems death to us is really resurrection to the one who passes
from this experience into the next. The principle of evolution has no
backward glances; it gathers the experiences of the past and pushes
these experiences into the future. . . .[Life’s] spiral is ever upward
and onward, it never retraces its steps. This is the glorious conception
which we may have this Easter season when we commemorate the fidelity of
one man to his idea of life, which was so complete that he demonstrated
to his followers the indestructible reality of his own soul."
Holmes, A Holmes
Reader for All Seasons
On this Easter in the Year 2009, let
us remind ourselves that this Life which is G-d, indwells us, presses
against us, surrounds us and permeates all things ... It Is
All-In-All. The mystical Jesus was convinced of this. He
said, "I am the resurrection and the life." No one could
say it for him and make these words as powerful, for the Power of G-d
that man/woman uses is inherent in the words, "I am" ... and
this Power is within each of us. And this is the greatest
revelation that the Master Mind Jesus discovered and shared with us ...
that there is a Power in the Universe and we can use It.
The paradox of our relationship with G-d,
Infinite Spirit, is that we "use" the Power of G-d, yet in
Reality, G-d is using us to express Itself through us and as us.
We understand this as we come into the realization that G-d Is Mind,
Spirit. We are all using Mind. It is the Source of our every
idea, our thoughts, our imagination, and our every desire. It is
All-Knowing, Infinite Intelligence. The Master Mind Jesus realized this
fully and accepted it on all levels of his mind. "I of
mine own self can do nothing" Jesus reminded us.
Understanding these words we can tap into the Power that resurrects the
Good in everything in our life. We can declare our dreams and
desires into our reality, but we must be consistent and persistent and
know what we want to manifest without doubting.
Although Jesus' demonstration of the All-Power
of G-d has inspired us for centuries, G-d is not limited in Its ability
and willingness to respond to our faith. "I will return to
you the years the locusts have eaten," we can read in the
scriptures. In other words, not only can our life be renewed and
transformed by the Power of G-d, but we will never lose anything in the
process. Let us never forget that what seems impossible and
possibly beyond our imagination, is possible for the All-Knowing
Intelligence that is G-d.
Too often we have allowed ourselves to be so
impressed with the crucifixion, that we lose sight of the Truth ... that
G-d is our life and there is no Power that can destroy Life. There
is no power that can destroy our finances, our relationships, our health
or our success when we turn to G-d, Infinite Good. There is only
One Power, that Power is G-d and that Power works always for our Good in
all things. We must constantly remind ourselves of this ... or the
world will take this Truth away from us ... just as it attempted to do
so by crucifying Jesus. But, his consciousness of his One-ness
with G-d was so superior to anything "of the world" ... that
his resurrection was unobstructed.
There are those who do not accept the
traditional story of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, and perhaps
they are correct. But, we do know that this story would not have
endured the centuries without something to sustain it ... and that
something has to be the Spirit of Truth. I believe that the Truth
that is demonstrated in the Easter story is the reason it has been
sustained. The Master Mind Jesus used parables to teach the
profound Truths that he wanted to share with us, and perhaps the Easter
story is the greatest parable of all. And perhaps the world is not
ready for a greater revelation and so we must work with the one we can
as Jesus healed the man with the withered arm by seeing only perfection
and wholeness, we must see beyond the crucifixion and see the perfect
and the whole ... the resurrection. Leave the focus on the
crucifixion to those "of the world" ... and let those who have
eyes to see ... see the Glory of G-d as the "I am ... the
Resurrection and the Life." For this is the Truth that never
changes and the Truth that sets us free. This is the Higher Ideal
that Jesus was seeking to impart to the world.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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