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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses (December 26, 2004)         

       From the Holy Bible ... John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." ... Luke 6:30 -  "Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again."  31  "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." 32  "For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them." 33  "And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same." 34  "And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again." 35  "But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil."

       
The statements above are some of the most powerful by the Radical Rabbi Jesus ... love without conditions ... love without expectations ... love without obligation ... all of these seem almost impossible for most of us.  But, this is the unconditional love that is necessary for us to align ourselves with the Highest.  This is truly a teaching that moves us into a higher consciousness than most of us have ever experienced.  It is a teaching that tells us that we are to "look to God for everything" ... even when we make a loan ... we are to look to God for our return, not to the person we made the loan to.  And it is not necessary for us to concern ourselves that people are taking advantage of us ... for God gives "in kind" to everyone ... even the unthankful and evil, Jesus explains.  The Law is always working ... and as we sow we shall reap.  As we sow our trust, our faith and our hope in God ... we will never lose that which is ours.

       This teaching from the Radical Jesus did not bode well with the people of His time.  He said to the holy men, "you know every letter of the Law but you have no love in your hearts."  In other words, the priests were teaching the Law of reward and punishment ... but Jesus taught that we are not to judge ... and in Truth it is foolish to do so ... for the Law of sowing and reaping is always at work and if we understand the Law, then why should we add injury to injury ... no one gets away with anything ... and if someone takes what is not theirs ... they will lose it or it will become useless to them.  So, as we realize that the Law is always working, it makes little sense to fill our mind with someone else's negative consequence ... and judgment brings the negative into our consciousness which creates the possibility of the very same experience coming into our lives.  Our minds must be clear for it is the beliefs and concepts that we hold as the Truth that fill our consciousness.  If we have a consciousness filled with the negative judgments and are harboring thoughts of resentment and revenge ... then we will have experiences that give us more reason to feel resentful and revengeful.

       I find it truly interesting that in contemporary America we have Christians who are so upset and angry that a display of the "Ten Commandments" which is the Law given to the Hebrews, was declared illegal to be displayed in government buildings.  Why would Christians feel so strongly about the "Ten Commandments" when the Radical Jesus dismissed them and taught that the 10 could be summed up in 2:  "Love God and love your neighbor as yourself."  Now, Jesus was not only one of the most highly enlightened souls that has ever walked on this planet, but He was also one of the most highly intelligent ... and He was right.  If you love your neighbor you are not going to steal, covet or lie to them or commit adultery with their husband or wife.  And the Ten Commandments also tell us that we must keep the Sabbath ... the Sabbath referred to in the Ten Commandments, Hebrew law, was the seventh day or Saturday.  Christians observe the Sabbath on Sunday ... so why are they so upset about the Ten Commandments?  They have nothing to do with Christianity ... Jesus gave us the new dispensation ... the two commandments that make the original Hebrew ten unnecessary.

       Jesus was so brilliant ... with such a clever mind ... He could use simple language to explain even the most profound spiritual truths ... "love God and love your neighbor as your self" ... what could be more simple ... or effective in keeping us connected to the Most High ... Love is the Law and the Law is Love ... thank you Jesus.  As we celebrate Christmas this year ... let us really understand why we are celebrating.  The Radical Jesus can only be our savior if we follow His teachings ... "do as I do" ... so let us celebrate Christmas and the Holidays with great joy ... in a Jesus kind-of-way .... with our hearts bursting with Love for God and for each other!


And So It Is!  

Maximum Love
,
Rev. Hank Bates
                        

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