get into the consciousness of these sacred holidays that are being
observed throughout the world this week:
"1O give thanks unto
the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever." ...
"5I called upon the
LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large
place." ... "24This
is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in
it." ... "28Thou
art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt
thee." ... "29O
give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for
ever." - Psalms 118, Holy Bible, Written Torah
Throughout the ancient scriptures we find
words that reveal to us that G-d responds to us ... not just some of us,
but all of us. And this was the Master Mind Jesus' message
throughout his three-years of teaching and demonstrating the Truth.
But first we must understand the nature of G-d and so during his Last
Passover Supper, Jesus attempted to illustrate our "unity
with" and our "power to appropriate" Spirit. Simply
put, this means that we "use" G-d and G-d "uses" us,
to do, to be, and to enjoy the abundance of good that is available to
us, both Seen and un-Seen. Those who believed the radical Jesus
were inspired, those who feared him called him a heretic. He had
spent his entire life preparing himself for these three years of living,
teaching and demonstrating the Truth ... that G-d indwells us ... it is
"The Christ" ... it is the life within us. His attempts
to frame this movement of consciousness in words that those around him
could understand and actualize in their own life experiences resulted in
parables that contain such profound, universal truths, that spiritual
seekers all over the world continue to study and meditate on them.
when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it ..."
- Jesus, Luke 19:41, New Testament Bible
and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me ..."
... these words from the old spiritual song have always reminded me that
Jesus called us to "love one another"
... He wasn't attempting to start a revolution or a new
religion, but to "evolve" the idea of "G-d's Love for
everyone" ... but he knew his message was not being understood by
the people. Those who were inspired by him wanted a
"King" not spiritual understanding. They wanted to
overthrow the visible powers, not grasp the awareness of spiritual
power. Those who were against him feared his growing influence to
inspire people to think for themselves and to question both the power of
the government and the power of the religious leaders.
For those who have read the four Gospels;
Matthew, Mark, Luke, John ... we can easily find the contradictions
which reveal that even the Gospel writers could not fully comprehend the
evolutionary spiritual philosophy of the radical Jesus. Who could
comprehend a man who had such a fullness of the Spirit within his
consciousness that he did not fear physical death? It was the
"Christ" within him that transcended fear and uncertainty, and
strengthened him to do that which he believed was his to do. His
disciples had failed to embody the consciousness as evidenced by the
well-known "denial" by Peter, and the lesser known denial of
ten other disciples. As Jesus had fully revealed the Christ
consciousness within himself, he was ready to prove to the world that
G-d Is Life and Life Is G-d, both here and in the here-after.
Eric Butterworth writes in his book,
"Discover the Power Within You" ... "On
the cross, one of the most misunderstood of the dramatic "Seven
Last Words" is "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani" (Matthew
17:46). This has been rendered, "My God, my God, why hast
thou forsaken me." How unfortunate has been this
mistranslation. For if God would or could forsake this most
advanced soul, then what hope is there for us? How can we or why
should we worship and love a God who would ordain or even acquiesce in
this horrible experience? ... Now we know that Jesus' words have been
misunderstood. George Lamsa, world-renowned Syrian scholar and
translator of the Bible from the ancient Peshitta, says that Jesus was
actually saying, "My God, my God, for this I was kept - I am
fulfilling my destiny. I am on the way through the dark hour to
the great demonstration of resurrection and the complete fulfillment of
Reading the scriptures literally brings us up
short in understanding consciousness, especially "The Christ"
consciousness embodied by the Master Mind Jesus. But, I don't
believe this was the writers of the Gospels intentions, but merely
resulting from their lack of spiritual awareness and their belief in
duality. This belief in a power other than G-d, has troubled the
human mind throughout history and continues to be the predominant
thought in our world today. Jesus was so convinced of the power of
"The Christ" within him to transcend physical death that he
did nothing to "save" himself. He knew as did the author
of Ecclesiastes (12:17), that "The dust
will return to the ground as it was, and the spirit will return to G-d
who gave it."
I believe that most of us have revealed
"The Christ" within us during our lives, although we may not
have recognized it as so. Every time we have
had a major disappointment or a set-back and continued to keep faith
with Life, we have revealed "The Christ" within us.
Anytime we have felt like our situation was hopeless and that we were
going it alone, but stopped and realized that with G-d all things are
possible, we have revealed "The Christ" within us. The
magnificent Jesus gave us proof that "we can do all things, through
Christ which strengthens us" ... this was his truth and he
demonstrated it because he depended on it ... and we can too.
SO IT IS!
Dr. Henry Lee Bates
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