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JESUS THE CHRIST

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THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST

 Alexander Bannatyne PhD

 

[NOTE: The following account of the life of Jesus is as accurate as I can make it because it has come from many published sources by numerous biblical scholars as well as a close study of the New Testament accounts. It also resolves some of the puzzles presented by the New Testament versions without excluding their given content. For those who may not know, the term "the Christ" literally means "the Anointed One" -- anointed by God. Incidentally, much to my surprise, Raj/Jesus has confirmed that his mother's conception was "immaculate" inasmuch as she was not fertilized by any human sperm. He has also confirmed he was never married to Mary Magdalene or anyone else, and that he never had any children. I have largely used the Urantia Book (Chicago - see Q2H) timeline (not so much the content most of which parallels the New Testament) for the life of Jesus. However, I must take personal "answerability" for most of the content and its selection, especially my interpretations of the words Jesus spoke which I have striven to align with the those of Raj/Jesus in modern times, including A Course in Miracles. [See P01 for more Raj/Jesus information, as well as P02 - P28.]

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THE CONCEPTION AND BIRTH

         Around 8 BC God "appeared" to Elizabeth (Mary's cousin) in a vision explaining to her she was to be the mother of a son named John, who would be a prophet for a forthcoming Teacher of Love. Elizabeth was frightened and puzzled. Her husband was quite old and she herself was not young like her cousin Mary. But within two months Elizabeth knew she was pregnant and her husband was delighted he would soon have a son and heir.

A little later in that year God spoke to Mary in a similar vision.

“You are about to become the mother of a Teacher of Love who will help lift the darkness from the earth. Know also that your cousin Elizabeth is pregnant with the prophet John—who will prepare the way for your son. After you conceive, visit her so you can reassure each other about your key roles in this great spiritual development. Both of you are to impress on your sons that they have a great spiritual destiny. Be sure to bring them up with love and wisdom. Explain this to your husbands so they can play their own mature part in nurturing the boys’ growth.”

Although it was a long journey from Nazareth to the outskirts of Jerusalem, Mary, finding herself pregnant, duly set off to see Elizabeth. For a month the two mothers-to-be discussed their visions and conjectured optimistically on their sons’ futures.

John was born first, in 7 BC. His parents did raise him lovingly to be aware of his destiny as a prophet for a coming Teacher of Love, a Teacher who might even be one of his cousins, but they did not say which.

It was a very pregnant Mary who, in August, journeyed with Joseph to Bethlehem for the Roman census in 7 BC. Their son Jesus was born there the day after their arrival, in the basement stables of the overcrowded inn. A short time after this three priests from Chaldea came to visit Jesus. An oracle had told them that a baby would be born about this time in Bethlehem, a child who was to become a Teacher of Love and Light. After their visit the rumor mill started, eventually reaching King Herod’s ears. Perceiving such a Teacher as a rival and suspecting he might even be the Messiah, Herod ordered all firstborn males under two years of age killed. Joseph and Mary quickly escaped with Jesus to Alexandria in Egypt where they lived for several years before returning to Nazareth. Jesus, who was almost four could now speak Greek as well as Aramaic.

His brother James was born in Nazareth in 3 BC, an event which made him very happy. Jesus was equally ecstatic when his sister Miriam was born some 15 months later.

   

THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS

 

During his childhood Jesus, who had a brilliant mind, received a thorough Jewish education. He was a keen pupil who could not only easily remember all he was taught but could understand it with profound insight. Joseph and Mary, who were both well educated, were determined to see that their children grew up as learned, well-rounded individuals. Joseph, as a successful carpenter and local builder, had a practical world view as well as a spiritual one so he ensured his children were well versed in everyday matters. Thus, while Jesus and his brothers learned all about business, carpentry and the building trade, they also became fully conversant with the ins and outs of local activities and events in Galilee. They and their sisters mixed with other children and had numerous friends and playmates.

In school at seven years of age Jesus learned to read and write the traditional Hebrew language which he had already been taught to speak at home and in the synagogue. This was, of course, in addition to his native Aramaic. He spoke Greek with visiting educated foreigners because it was still the international language of that era, and he also picked up much Latin, the language of the Roman conquerors. Jesus, a gifted linguist, was curious about everything in the world around him. His knowledge and profound spiritual insights frequently surprised his traditional Rabbinical school teachers, who did not know what to make of him.

Jesus' parents even encouraged his artistic skills. From Mary, he and his sisters learned to spin, weave and dye cloth, to turn pots on the wheel, to cook and to sew. When he modeled birds and animals in clay he was not reprimanded even though all art images were forbidden by the strictest interpretation of the Law.

Mary, of course, knew Jesus was destined to be a fully enlightened World Teacher, and during his childhood she made sure he was aware of his sacred destiny. At the same time she gently discouraged and deflated any sense of personal ego in him by always reminding him that all he knew and could do came from God.

While no volitional miracles occurred when Jesus was a child or young man, there was one odd characteristic he had; it seemed that serious negative events such as accidents or illness just never happened to him. Nor was he bullied or chastised by other students, family or teachers. If Jesus sometimes erred it took only a word to correct him. Occasionally he would explain his reasons or motives, but no event seemed important enough to him to warrant making enemies—even temporarily. He did not do this to placate people but rather to Love them.

Several times he visited his cousin John, usually when the family went to Jerusalem for Passover every several years. The two boys had an intuitive relationship akin to that of identical twins but they were still largely unaware of their entwined destinies.

   

JESUS AS A TEENAGER AND YOUNG MAN

 

Joseph died when Jesus was a teenager and therefore he, as the eldest son, had to take on the bread-winning responsibility for the family. This he did with considerable efficiency having been well trained by his father. Even though the business shrank a little, there was sufficient income to maintain a modest standard of family living. As James and his other younger brothers graduated into manhood at thirteen, they were roped in to help, so that by the time Jesus was twenty business was flourishing. When Mary tried to persuade Jesus to marry a suitable girl, he explained to her quietly that he had no urge to marry and thought he never would. Mary accepted this even though she was disappointed. All Jews married and had families so, locally, Jesus’ lack of interest was thought to be most peculiar.

Throughout these years of Jesus’ life, Israel was a breeding ground for rebellious underground movements all hoping to overthrow Roman rule. The Jews, “the chosen ones of God,” more than other nations, chafed under the domination of Rome which they saw as a monstrous insult to their religious and national dignity. Jesus, when invited to join these insurgent sects, gently declined on the pretext of too many family responsibilities. From an early age he had referred to God as his Father, and Joseph always understood, in context, to which father Jesus was referring. Prayers and meditation were important to Jesus but he did not distinguish clearly between them or his almost continuous inner consultations with his Father. He relied on the latter for constant personal guidance. Even as a child he had discovered a Voice deep within his own Mind which would never leave him at a loss for the right words in any situation. Jesus also fulfilled all his religious duties at home and in the synagogue where he read the sacred scriptures to the congregation quite often; he was always very comfortable with his chosen lifetime milieu. Furthermore, he knew his inner Voice would brief him on what he had to do at each step of his destined Way.

 

JESUS LIFE FROM 15 YEARS TO 24 YEARS

 

          As an older teenager and young man Jesus often traveled with his merchant uncle, who traded goods all over the Roman empire from Britain to Persia. These multi-cultural experiences gave Jesus a much broader, more cosmopolitan outlook on life than was the case with most other Jews.

JESUS LIFE FROM 25 YEARS TO 31 YEARS

 

By the time Jesus was in his mid-twenties, his brother James was sufficiently mature to take over full responsibility for both the family and the business. Of course, James had his wise mother to advise him, and the other children were now old enough to be somewhat independent. Therefore Jesus decided the time had come to see the world. Jews had settled in most Mediterranean countries so he knew he would be welcome at any local synagogue. He had already traveled though much of Israel and had long since found he loved the peaceful towns of Gennesaret and Capernaum which lay on the north-west side of the Sea of Galilee.

His first stop was Alexandria where he saw the great Pharos lighthouse as his ship sailed into one of the twin harbors Alexander the Great had constructed. Jesus' friends took great delight in conducting their tourist around the sights of the city, including the magnificent library, the tomb of Alexander and the Academy University where daily lectures were given by eminent professors. Jesus was not overly impressed by these learned men nor by the knowledge embedded in half a million books and scrolls. Certainly, there were traces of Truth scattered through them especially in the collected works of Socrates and Plato, but much of it was garbled and distorted. Also, these fragments of True Knowledge were buried in piles of other religious and philosophical rubbish. True, he did not despise the authors because, as he explained to his friends, almost all of this convoluted, erudite information they had written was about nothing, that is, it was about the shadows in Plato’s allegorical "cave." After spending several months there discussing the simple Truth with his companions, Jesus again set sail this time for Italy with a stopover in Crete. He settled in Rome for a few months where, now being fluent in Latin, he had no difficulty conversing.

Jesus considered Rome to be a kind of trial run, a curtain raiser for the future mission he knew he would one day be called to carry out. And it was in Rome that, almost unwittingly, he established his first enduring group of adherents. One of the most enthusiastic members of this small circle had a young son, Aquila, who some 30 years later would meet Paul in Corinth and join him when he went to Ephesus. Jesus, himself, returned home through Corinth and Athens. While in the City of Athena he visited the Academy, but said little even though he was by now familiar with the many philosophies of the Greeks. After traveling by way of Ephesus and Antioch, Jesus arrived back in Nazareth in AD 23.

He did not stay long. That same year he set out for Damascus, Babylon and points east. Many merchant caravan trains traded all over Asia and thus it was easy for Jesus to venture, almost in Alexander’s footsteps, as far as India and Kashmir where he stayed several months, all the while learning and discussing. In Kashmir he absorbed the spiritual philosophies of the Buddha and Krishna and, while there, mastered deep meditation to the point of experiencing Nirvana and perfect Peace.

On arriving back in Galilee Jesus made his home in Capernaum, the town he loved most. It was now 25 AD, the year in which he turned 31.

 

JESUS' BAPTISM BY HIS COUSIN JOHN AT AGE 31

 

Early in 26 AD his cousin John was about his business of baptizing people who wished to change to more spiritual ways of living. Baptism was a custom he had once picked up in his wanderings, from an obscure sect of desert Jews who used precious water symbolically to wash away their so-called "sins" or errors. John had been baptized there and he had experienced such a spiritual transformation that he decided to incorporate the act into his own ministry. Shortly after this episode God had communicated with John intuitively that he, John, would baptize the Messiah whom he would recognize instantly. John was puzzled as to who it could be, but trusted his intuition that the event would occur.

Even so, he was mildly amazed to see his cousin Jesus walk through the crowd standing in the Jordan waiting to be baptized. Several kinds of recognition dawned in John’s mind at the same time and he knew, without any doubt, that Jesus was the One.

“But, Cousin, it is I who should be baptized by you,” John said. To which Jesus replied, “Let it be for now. It is fitting that here we do what is right.” Jesus knew his baptism was for a different purpose, one of opening his Mind to the permanent presence and awareness of his Father’s Spirit as himself. At the moment of baptism he became a pure open channel for God’s Voice (the Holy Spirit) and knew his Father was pleased.

This accomplished, Jesus retreated into the desert for forty days where he did not fast but ate only very sparingly. He needed to sort out with his Father’s help as to how his ministry was to be conducted. There were also residual related ego-problems still to be dealt with. Jesus was tempted to use his powers to become the kind of benign philosopher-ruler Plato had envisioned in the Republic, a course of action that would almost certainly call for physical force. After much self-enquiry, prayer and meditation Jesus decided he would let his future unfold moment by moment as God willed, without making any of his own plans at all. In other words, his personal ego had to be put behind him as a thing of the past. Jesus was well aware of the psychology of human beings, and knew his own humanness-as-ego could tempt him into non-Loving thoughts and deeds. He would not yield to power for his own sake. He recognized the ego-authority problem when he saw it, in himself and in others.

On reaching these decisive conclusions Jesus went back to Capernaum where a few of John’s local followers were waiting for him. They had witnessed Jesus’ baptism and had waited, a little impatiently, by the lake for him to return from his desert retreat.

 

JESUS SELECTS HIS DISCIPLES

 

Jesus wasted no time. When Andrew asked if he could now be Jesus’ disciple Jesus immediately agreed. Andrew then introduced his brother, Simon, whom Jesus also accepted, renaming him Peter, the rock. These two were followed by James and John, sons of Zebedee. They had known Jesus before, as admirers and friends, but now asked permission to be part of his permanent group.

AD 26 was the year Pontius Pilate became the Roman governor of Judea but his authority did not extend to Galilee which was nominally ruled by Herod, a puppet king of the Romans. This King Herod, who was the son of the one who tried to kill Jesus as a baby, kept a wary watch on any of his subjects who might usurp his authority, especially such rabble rousers as John The Baptist who was predicting the advent of a deliverer, a Messiah who might take his throne. The king’s spies regularly reported on all John’s activities including his recent baptism of Jesus, so Herod promptly added Jesus to his list of public agitators.

Within a month Jesus had added Philip and Nathaniel to his group. At this stage he spent much time teaching his six followers about the true nature of his mission by constantly emphasizing that his kingdom, like that of his real Father, was one of Love and Peace. They had much difficulty understanding this new concept. Still, Jesus was a charismatic, dynamic teacher and he plugged away using parables and analogies to get his novel ideas across. But he had decided already to put nothing in writing because, around the world, he had seen the works of great prophets and philosophers turned into immutable Laws to be slavishly and unthinkingly obeyed. The last thing he wanted was a fixed Canon and a bunch of mind-less puppets! At this time Jesus also decided to use sparingly both his powers of healing and his cooperation with the angels to control material things. This last item, too, was a temptation, but he realized that magicians’ tricks, even if genuine miracles, would never be enough to bring about the change of mind and belief systems essential for knowing his Father’s Kingdom.

Even so, a miracle once in a while would arouse people’s interest and rivet their attention, thus allowing him to teach his Real message. This is why during the wedding at Cana he turned water into wine. His brother James was most impressed so Jesus instructed him in the symbolism of changing something that (in the wedding situation) was of little value into something of great value. In a similar way ego-minds of little value could be turned into Spiritual Minds of great value—for of such (as Jesus explained to James) is the Kingdom of Heaven!

By midsummer Herod became so jittery about John The Baptist’s huge following that he threw him in prison and kept him there. Coincidentally, Jesus had just asked his six disciples if they knew of other followers who might make keen disciples, and they had brought back Matthew, a revenue collector, Thomas Didymus who was a twin, the brothers James and Judas who were fishermen, Simon, a zealot, and Judas Iscariot who was relatively well-to-do. This brought the band of immediate disciples up to twelve and they stayed loyal throughout his ministry, even though they sometimes doubted. As several were fishermen Jesus like to tell them he would make them, “fishers of men.” For the rest of the year, while John The Baptist languished in prison, Jesus taught his disciples the basic precepts of his kingdom. It was difficult for the twelve to comprehend that his purpose on earth had nothing to do with armies, politics, territory, economics, government, or dominance over others in any form, but that it had everything to do with experiencing God, service through Love, baptism by the inner Holy Spirit, and Oneness in the Father. These strange, nebulous concepts perplexed them exceedingly even though they were all intelligent men.

 

JESUS' SPIRITUAL MESSAGE TO EVERYONE

 It was in January that Jesus began his more public ministry, mostly by teaching in Galilean synagogues and by healing sick and afflicted people when it was appropriate. The news of his work quickly spread far afield and many came to hear him, even from Syria, Judea and the province of Decapolis. It must be realized that these audiences and Jesus' followers were almost all Jews, and that Jesus was teaching within the Jewish system.

Jesus’ message to the crowds was usually much the same although he did not give "set" speeches. As an expert teacher he slightly varied his themes and presentations skillfully, to fit the needs of different audiences. One day early in March on a hill above the lake Jesus gave one of his most powerful, seminal speeches which, in summary, went something like this.

“How happy are those who are not ego-inflated in their spiritual beliefs because they shall possess the Kingdom of Heaven. Happy are all gentle and caring people because they shall eventually take over the dominions of earth. Be happy all you who are sad or depressed because I bring you a message of infinite Comfort. Happy are those who really want to know righteousness-as-Love because by wanting it and seeking it you will find it. And happy are the merciful who can forgive totally and never seek revenge, because they will receive the mercy they extend. Happy are those who are pure in their Love of All-That-Is because they shall now rest in God’s Love. Especially happy are the Peacemakers because they are realizing their Sonship in God. Happy are those who relinquish interest in all ego activities and acquisitions because they will discover God’s Kingdom within. Even if you are wronged, hurt or bullied by others for teaching my ideas, be happy—but leave the situation as quickly as possible because there are more fertile grounds in which to plant your spiritual seeds. You, who believe my words, are the spiritual salt of the earth who can now extend Love to everyone you meet, but if you lose your belief in Love you will be useless to the extension of the Father’s Kingdom. Each of you, who understand truly what I say, are the Light of this ego-ridden world, so let your Spiritual Light shine out so that everyone can see their way to reach our Father.

“I have come to reinterpret and complete the old laws of religions and states. The law says, ‘You must not kill,’ but I would extend that to include all your inner ego-thoughts of killing or hurting anyone in any circumstances. I will go even further than that and ask you to Love your enemies as well as your neighbors and, by your example, help them to learn to Love as you do because Love and Harmony are the only True Answer. Strive, always, to be as perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect—in your motives, your intentions and your actions. In this way will you be the true Sons of the Father. Therefore, if anyone wants you to go one mile with him, walk two, and if he demands your shirt give him your coat as well. Be like God who showers the nourishing rain of Love on all alike and causes the Light to shine on everyone no matter what they do. Love everyone equally to the maximum, but never become spiritually proud or pompous because that is the sign of a hypocritical ego. Always meditate and pray sincerely and inwardly, because your Father is still in the innermost part of your Mind. But do not babble loud, meaningless words or mechanical phrases to God. Be thankful to your Father, and Love Him. Ask Him for guidance and pray that His Kingdom will come quickly to all earthly minds.

“Do not seek outside yourself for treasure or possessions; rather, seek within yourself for the treasures of Heaven which are Love, Light, Peace, Joy and eternal Happiness. Let your spiritual eye be opened to Light and Love, and that Light will automatically banish all ego-darkness and depression. Do not worry about money, food, clothing or shelter any more than the birds of the air or wild flowers do. If you seek the Light and live Love you will always be provided for without needing to have a single care. Your Father knows exactly what you need in order to help Him extend his Kingdom to those still in darkness. Trust Him in every situation.

“Never judge others in any circumstances because all judgment is critical, separating and unloving. Do not say, ‘You are a sinner,’ or ‘That was stupid’ because people in ego know not what they do. Learn, instead, to forgive others as you would have them forgive you. Furthermore, in all situations treat others as you would have them treat you, help them as you would like to be helped, and Love them as you would have them Love you. I grant it is not easy to relinquish the ego’s broad hold on you, but if you can let the ego go then you will find, and open, a small forgotten door deep within your Mind which will lead you straight to Life and Laughter in the Kingdom. Beware of all ego-tempting teachers who claim you can find our Father’s Kingdom through the ego-activities of this world. I am telling you clearly you cannot have it both ways; you cannot seek both the Happiness of Heaven and the toys and trinkets of this earthly existence at the same time. To find either one you must needs relinquish your attachment to the other. It does not matter how much you may call on God or me, or how much you act out in my name, because, if you do not heed all the words I have just spoken and put them into Loving action in your Mind, you will remain awash in unloving ego and experience floods of depression and storms of anger over and over again. Only those who, through their own wish, do the Will of our Father in Heaven will find His Peace by resting in his Loving Infinite Mind. You only have to knock sincerely and He will always open that inner door to His Kingdom. Seek His Truth there and you will find it.”

These teachings of Jesus made a profound impression on the people because he spoke with the Authority of his Father. No one, anywhere in the world, had ever heard words like these before. To "Love your enemies" was a revolutionary idea.

 

JESUS TAKES HIS MINISTRY SOUTH TO JERUSALEM AND THEN TO SAMARIA

 Jesus continued to teach these new ideas about Love and Life throughout the northern part of Israel until early April in 27 AD, when he went south to Jerusalem for the Passover. He taught quietly in the Temple and made an impression on some people. One priest named Nicodemus was intrigued when Jesus insisted each devout person had to be “born again” in order to enter the Kingdom.

“But how can anyone enter into his mother’s womb a second time?” asked Nicodemus who had taken Jesus’ words literally.

“It is only in Spirit that you have to be born again,” Jesus explained. “The old ego- identity must die and a new identity must be allowed to emerge from the womb of the Holy Spirit within your Mind. Let the ego go and a Spiritual Child will emerge as the new you, an innocent Child full of Love, a Child who will never feel ego-fear or hate.”

“How do I find this Loving Child and give it birth within me?”

Jesus said, “Simply Love your brother as yourself without judgment. Never cease to desire to become totally Loving.”

Jesus was staying with his old family friend Lazarus in Bethany (near Jerusalem) during Passover. He had met Lazarus as a teenager and always enjoyed the company of Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha who were about his own age. The girls were in love with Jesus who was always warm towards them in a brotherly way. All four were very close and shared their secrets. Lazarus and his sisters had long known that Jesus had a Spiritual Destiny but they were not in awe of him. There was too much fun and laughter in their lives for that.

For several weeks Jesus taught in and around Jerusalem and as far south as Bethlehem and Hebron. Early in the summer Jesus decided to journey home through Samaria so he could teach in villages and towns along the way. The Samaritans were not Jews and there was enmity between the two peoples. No one was much interested in what Jesus had to say. While passing close by Sychar he saw Jacob’s Well and realized he was thirsty but there was no cup there. A cheerful woman came to draw water so he asked for a drink. She was amazed because usually Jews would never deign to speak to a Samaritan.

After she given him some water Jesus said, “Now I shall give you water to drink. It is the Living water of God whose Spring of Life is deep within you.”

Now this bright woman was quite insightful and enjoyed witty wordplay.

“Sir, your well is very deep, much deeper than Jacob’s. I see you are a Master. How do I reach the water in your well if I am to drink. But first should I fetch my husband so he can drink of this spiritual water as well?”

“The man you live with is not your husband,” said Jesus smiling, “although previously you have had five husbands. Is that not so?”

“Truly, Sir, you are able to read my past very accurately. I see you are a seer too. Can you also tell me my future?”

Jesus laughed. “Yes, I can, especially if you will heed my words and worship God, who is Spirit, deep inside His Sacred Well which is also inside you. You will not find Life elsewhere. Once you have tasted the Water of Life from His Spring you will be assured of eternal Life.”

“How can I be sure of this? Are you the long promised Messiah of the Jews who will explain all meanings to us when he appears in the flesh?”

“Yes, I am he.”

She gazed at him intently and knew he spoke the Truth. “Then I must go and tell my people. Wait here, please, until I bring them back to hear your words.”

“I will wait. Those who, like you, have ears to hear will understand me.” And this is how Jesus came to teach the first non-Jews his message of Love and Life. He spent some time in that area extending his teaching to those Samaritans willing to listen.

 

THE RETURN TO GALILEE AND THE LORD'S PRAYER

 On returning to Galilee Jesus took his disciples off to a retreat south of Naim. It was there he taught them to say:

 “Our Father in Heaven, we hold Your name sacred.

May Your Kingdom extend within us now.

Teach us to do Your Will as it is done in Heaven.

Provide us, please, with all we need to realize Your Presence.

Help us to learn to Love others through forgiveness the way You Love us.

And save us from the dark shadows of fear we ourselves have made.

For we are willing to be perfect,

Even as You are perfect in your Loving Oneness.”

At this retreat Jesus explained many deeper spiritual ideas which were mysteries to his disciples. He explained that if they had enough faith they could move mountains and work many miracles. Jesus made it plain that no one really earns Sonship because it is a perpetual gift of God which already exists in every human being just waiting to be rediscovered by dismantling the ego. "To unwrap His gift, which is already freely given, all you have to do is really want only it, to ask for it and to clear away any ego-barriers to accepting its presence in your mind.

“Earning spirituality,” he continued, “implies merit points and wages which are all ego values. God wants a total transformation in which ego plays no part. After such a complete transformation, Loving Goodness will be a spontaneous, permanent way of Life for you without having to strive for it, without having to exercise ego-willpower, and without any thoughts of non-goodness. In the meantime just doing ‘good deeds’ is fine and not doing ‘bad deeds’ is great, but any kind of grade scorecard is not enough to rediscover the Kingdom within. I am not saying not to be good; I am saying that to find God you have to want God, seek only God and to knock at His open door, even as you are being forgiving and spontaneously helpful to others. That is the Way to Perfection.

“Remember that even the most ‘evil’ man can find the Kingdom without having previously acquired merit. As a matter of fact there will be one such case after my resurrection when, in the Light, Saul will become Paul on that road over there, the one which leads to Damascus. And you Simon Peter will come to know him.”

“You know the future?” blurted out Peter in astonishment.

“If I wish I can glimpse what may happen, especially in terms of my own wider destiny,” and for a moment he seemed to shiver slightly as if a wisp of cloud had covered the early morning sun.

Jesus then took his disciples into Decapolis for several weeks where he taught gentiles in the Greek cities there before returning to Galilee in December. All the while Jesus taught and trained the twelve how to teach and preach what he called, “the good news of the Father’s Kingdom.”

 

JESUS CONTINUES HIS MINISTRY ALL THROUGH THE PROVINCE OF GALILEE

 When John The Baptist was beheaded by Herod in January, 28 AD Jesus took the disciples by boat across the lake of Galilee to a remote spot to meditate. He then announced, “My time has come to fulfill my purpose here on earth.” Jesus sent the disciples out to fish for food while he communed with his Father. He also reflected on how the great nations of India and China honored and revered their avatars and prophets; they did not execute them as ego-threatening rebels. Only in the countries of the Roman Empire were religion and political power inextricably entwined with ego-authority. Jesus decided he would have to make quite clear to everyone that his Kingdom was definitely not political or territorial—in fact, not of this ego-world at all.

As Jesus walked down to the lake shore he noticed his fishermen disciples were having great difficulty reaching the pebble beach because a strong off-shore breeze had sprung up. So, almost without thinking, he walked out on the water in a levitated state to save them further effort. The disciples were incredulous until Peter broke the spell by shouting, “Master, may we come to you?”

“Certainly,” Jesus replied. “Walk to me—you can do it too.”

Peter climbed out of the boat and walked a few yards but then lost faith and began to sink. “Master, save me!” he cried, and Jesus, grinning good-heartedly, grasped Peter’s arm raising him to the surface again.

“You will have to develop more trust in God than that!” commented Jesus amiably, “and I know you will. Now let’s get in the boat and run home with the wind behind us.”

By now Jesus’ reputation as a healer and miracle worker was known throughout Galilee. When the fishing boat arrived in Gennesaret, not far from Capernaum, a great crowd awaited him, many of them sick or afflicted and Jesus, filled with Compassion, healed many. Yet, he told the disciples repeatedly that the power to heal through Love was from, “our Father in Heaven,” —not from Jesus by himself. “What God wills through me, happens,” he said. “It is His Will which I will also.” A few of the sick, especially some of those who were mentally ill, were physically possessed by earth-bound mind-entities. These entities were confused humans who had died but could not find the Light. Jesus, in his Compassion, was very adept at releasing these bewildered, sometimes angry, ego-souls from the bodies of their host-humans by persuading them to leave and go to the Light where his spiritual helpers would care for them. Onlookers misunderstood this beneficent procedure and incorrectly perceived Jesus to be casting out evil “daemons” which was just the Greek word for “spirits” or “souls.” Much fearful superstition existed throughout all the cultures of the earth at that time.

Jesus was the embodiment of Loving Oneness and never condemned anyone or anything. He did tell his disciples, though, that, “the Kingdom cannot be extended solely by working wonders with psycho-physical healings and material miracles. These may get people’s attention but the Kingdom comes only to those who want to open their hearts to Love, who can forgive Compassionately and who desire truly to rediscover the Presence of the Father within.”

In Jerusalem the renown of Jesus was spreading rapidly causing the Roman and Jewish authorities much concern. King Herod had rid them of John The Baptist, but now his protégé was arousing the populace with even more revolutionary ideas, most of them “blasphemous.” This new self-styled “Son of Man” must needs be stopped, preferably dead in his tracks. The trick, however, would be to devise a legal way to achieve that fatal end. Only Pilate could pass a death sentence in Judea and the prerequisite for that was a Roman Trial. Therefore Jesus would have to be framed for breaking a Roman Law for which the punishment was execution—no easy task. Accusations about insulting the Emperor Tiberius Caesar would be the easiest method of ensuring Jesus’ death.

Jesus continued to preach and heal in the northern areas of Israel where Herod was also becoming concerned. The pleasure-loving king had several palaces one of which overlooked the Lake of Galilee at Tiberias. He preferred this one to the more formal one in Jerusalem. Herod had his spies report back to him on all Jesus’ movements and the content of his teachings. Jesus was becoming very popular and so Herod felt he had to tread slowly and carefully.

Whenever Jesus healed someone crowds would quickly gather who asked for more of his miraculous cures. This diverted him from teaching his main message of Love so he began requesting that these individuals not tell anyone of their healing, but none of them heeded him. To save time and to avoid clinic situations Jesus began healing at a distance. He got the idea from a Roman centurion (an army captain) who asked Jesus to heal his paralyzed orderly. When Jesus agreed and asked the centurion to take him to his house, the centurion said, “Sir, you do not need to come all that way. If you just say the necessary words I know my servant will be healed.” Jesus was amazed and turning to his followers said, “Nowhere in Israel have I found such perfect faith as this.” Then he said to the centurion, “It is God’s Will. Go home now and you will find your man has been healed.”

Jesus cured lepers and epileptics and raised children from their deathbeds. He caused many paralytics to walk or regain the use of withered limbs. Even those who touched his clothes were healed of illnesses by their faith in his spiritual power.

Jesus knew there were no limits to the transmutation of matter and energy in either bodies or physical materials. The Angels loved to do his bidding. In bodies, though, the mind-owner of the body had to want the healing whole-heartedly for it to be successful. If a shadowy part of the person wished to cling to the affliction or illness for reasons of ego-self-interest Jesus would not override that ego-wish. To do so would mean invading another person’s free will. He knew the freedom to be whatever one wants to be is a fundamental Law of the Father, even when, for some dark reason, one wills not to be free.

 

JESUS' SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM

 At the end of March in the year 28 AD, Jesus again set forth for the Passover in Jerusalem by way of the River Jordan. Again he stayed in Bethany with Lazarus, Martha and Mary whom he taught at length about the Father and His Mind-Kingdom of Love. Jesus did no public preaching in Jerusalem during this visit, even though the Temple authorities were well aware he was in the area. The four friends celebrated the Passover at home without sacrifices because Jesus abhorred the primitive presumption that the God of Loving Oneness desired either propitiation, sacrifice, or self-abnegation in any form.

“God,” Jesus told the group, “wants True Lovers, not penitents. We must all Love God with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our spirit and with all our strength of will. That leaves no room for negative thoughts. Let your egos go. No one who mopes, moans and frets about their own and other people’s egos, errors and short-comings can really Love God. A Loving relationship must be always Joyful. And Love will cast out all fear and negativity. Be a Joyful example of Love to everyone.”

 

JESUS RETURNS TO GALILEE AGAIN

 The Master on his return to Galilee spent the whole summer teaching enormous crowds near Bethsaida-Julius on the northern edge of the lake. Many came from other countries because his fame, and to some his notoriety, had traveled by word of mouth even as far as Rome. To these earnest listeners his straight-forward spiritual themes and messages were repeated again and again. As in any public audience, hecklers asked leading questions or tried to trip him up with sophistry. The religious lawyers and political agents constantly set legal traps for Jesus but, taking it all in good part, he deftly outsmarted them as smoothly as had Socrates over 300 years before. When they asked why his disciples did not fast, he replied that they had no need because he, himself, was giving them such a rich diet of spiritual food! They also asked him why he healed on the Sabbath, acts contrary to Jewish law; so Jesus pointed out that he did no more than the farmer who retrieved a lost sheep from a pit on the Sabbath, an act considered quite legal.

In October Jesus took the twelve disciples into the hills for a few days of peace and rest. The Master had already discerned that Thomas-the-twin had a much deeper understanding of human nature and the Kingdom of Spirit than did the others. During this retreat Jesus took Thomas for a walk up a nearby hill and as they sat on top enjoying the panoramic view of the Lake of Galilee he explained the deeper Truths of the Father.

“Thomas, all humans are Sons of God, every least one of us, but this physical world of external changing forms including our physical bodies is not the Father’s Reality—it is not his Kingdom of Eternal Mind-Spirit. We are all actually Mind-Beings who really exist only in the Mind of God. It was not Him who made this material world of death, disease and decay—we did. God could never make negativity, sickness and death. Fortunately it is only a dream—for many a nightmare, a hell—from which all humans will wake up eventually, once they realize it is a valueless fabrication of superficial forms made only of flickering shadows like those in Plato's Cave allegory. You truly Live in the Mind-of-God NOW. Now, it is our task, Thomas, to awaken all who are willing to listen. We will awaken them from this delusion of separation from our Father, and reunite everyone as Spiritual Beings within God’s Perfect Being so they rediscover their ever-present eternal Life in His Mind-as-such Reality—NOW. I know you can understand this Knowledge, Thomas, and I will clarify it for you more and more—until the time comes when I am physically executed by blind egos, as was John my cousin. After I have left this physical body of form and have fully returned (ascended) to our Father’s Kingdom I want you to take these unwritten words of mine, first to Alexandria in Egypt, and then on to India where there are wise individuals who will understand them. Are you willing to carry this Light to these people for me?”

“You do me a great honor, Master, and I will endeavor to be worthy of extending this Knowledge to these far places. Please teach me again and again until I understand fully these pearls of wisdom. I fear I tend to doubt too often.”

The next day the other disciples were curious to know what Jesus had said to Thomas but his only comment was, “If I told of one thing the Master said, you would probably pick up these rocks from the ground and stone me to death for blasphemy, so ask no more.”

During the autumn months Jesus went on still another tour of Galilee and even into Syro-Phoenicia. With him went the twelve disciples and some seventy other teachers he had trained. These close followers scattered far and wide in twos and threes to preach in small towns and villages. Jesus explained to them that they should, “teach only in those places where you get a friendly reception. If any of you are made to feel unwelcome, shake the dust of that place from your sandals, then move on quickly. There is no need to cast good seed on rocky ground or throw it among thistles. Find fertile fields and stay in the first household to invite you because they will become the spiritual leaven in the local bread. And, to mix my metaphors even more, let your inner Light shine freely on all who wish to listen.”

During the spring of 29 AD Jesus was again out traveling, healing and teaching. In the town of Magdala, between Gennesaret and Tiberias, he met a wise, devout woman who had a small daughter. The woman's name was Mary Magdalene. Mary's husband had died not long before this first meeting with Jesus.. Immediately Mary joined the loyal group of women disciples who accompanied Jesus and the others. These spiritual women tended the sick and ministered to the needs of the children and other females among the Master’s many, many followers.

Once, a spectator asked Jesus, “Where is the Kingdom of Heaven?”

“It is within you. It is within everyone’s mind.”

“Then what is it like? If it is in me I am unaware of it.”

“That is because it is as tiny as a mustard seed,” explained Jesus, “but you only have to nurture that seed of Life and let it grow within your mind and then it will become a vast tree of Life. Then many will come to you to find comfort and shelter under its beautiful branches.”

“Master, I understand that the Kingdom in me will grow like a tree from a seed, but what is it?”

“It is like a pearl of immense value for which a rich merchant would sell all else he owns. The Kingdom is comprised of all those who know God is their Loving Father and who Love Him to the exclusion of all other needs. Find that pearl within you and you will find the Home of Heaven we all share within our Father's Mind.”

In March of that year Jesus took a few of his disciples across the lake of Galilee to a quiet place for another retreat, but many people followed them. Before long some four thousand had gathered so he relented and spoke to them at length. Time passed and everyone became hungry but the only food the disciples had was five loaves and two fish. Jesus took them in his hands and kept breaking them apart until he had materialized enough bread and fish to feed all four thousand —with enough left over to fill twelve baskets.

To his disciples Jesus said, “This physical food from my hands will sustain them for a day or so, but the non-physical food I give them will keep them spiritually alive for all eternity.”

Jesus was somewhat tired even before they set out by sailboat on the return trip across the great lake so once on board he soon fell sound asleep in the bow. Within minutes a violent squall blew up causing white topped waves to break over the side. Though they were quite experienced boatmen the disciples were so worried they woke Jesus imploring him, “Master, save us or we may all drown.”

Jesus took in the situation instantly. He then said, rather dryly, “You haven’t much faith in me or God. Nothing would have happened to you because you will live a long time to accomplish our Father’s work. There must be lots of angry thoughts in the minds of the people living around this lake to cause a storm like this to happen.”

Then the Master stood and raising his hand in a calming gesture he called to the weather-controlling Angels, “Peace, be still!” Within several seconds the storm subsided and the sea was placid. The disciples were filled with awe that even the elements obeyed their Master. Jesus yawned and went back to sleep.

The disciples rarely comprehended the full spiritual meaning of Jesus’ teaching, even when he used simple parables to illustrate them. He was, however, a patient teacher.

He would say to them, “You tend to take everything too literally and you often fail to look behind my words for what it is they truly symbolize. Like the lost entities I release from people you are so earth-bound that, even when you know I am using symbols, you search for other kinds of earthly situations as an explanation. Consequently, when I hear you reciting the parables and their meanings to others I sometimes hear you use inserted words which reflect your own distorted interpretations of them. Try to understand the psychological and spiritual significance of the similes and analogies I use in parables and then you will have deeper insight into our Father’s Kingdom. And, please, my friends do not drag in the old petrified laws, worn-out religious ideas and pagan concepts such as sacrifice and hell into the Loving Oneness of the Kingdom. We do not put our new wine into old wineskins that have been patched and mended many times. Almost all ancient laws, customs and beliefs have been patched and mended by blind commentators and deaf interpreters so many times they can no longer be used as whole ‘containers’ for my Father’s Truths. Certainly there are some aspects of the old that can be extracted and extended—we do not want to throw out the babies with the bath water—but, by and large, what I teach is a new testament, so let us put this new wine in new containers. And just to double up on that metaphor, the new containers can be thought of as both new, emptied-out Minds and new people who are open to my new ideas.”

Jesus decided to give them some practice in interpreting metaphors. “All right, try this one: A city built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

“Well,” said Andrew, “I think you are saying that when you are the Messiah and rule Israel we should build our new Jerusalem on a high hill and fortify it well against the Romans or other challengers.”

Jesus sighed. “Andrew, you are being earth-bound and literal again. The city is a symbol for your new Mind which must be built atop my new ‘lofty’ spiritual ideas (which are the mountain) far above the earthly plains of the ego’s old earthy activities. This inner City of Spirit must be fortified with the Love, Light, Peace and Joy of our Father so that it is quite unassailable to any attacks from below by egos—the individual’s own residual ego or the egos of others. Love is the only defenseless ‘fortification’ which is invulnerable to all attack, and earth-bodies have nothing to do with any of this—as I hope you will understand at the time of my resurrection. By the way your Spiritual Mind-city cannot be hidden from other people on the plain below. It will shine with Light for all to see. Many in darkness will be annoyed by your high City-Lights and strive to extinguish them, as you will witness at my death. But others who seek the Light will climb the high hill to join us and contribute their Light making the Whole City of God ever more powerful.”

“And all that spiritual meaning is packed into sixteen words?” marveled John who had absorbed every nuance.

“Yes,” murmured Jesus, “To those who have ears, let them Comprehend, to those who have eyes let them have Vision.”

When Jesus was at his home in Capernaum he often taught in the synagogue there, where he was always welcome. Most local people loved him, but many visitors, especially strict traditional Pharisees from Jerusalem, found his discussions intolerable and reported back to the Sanhedrin that Jesus flouted the Law regularly. He had just returned from another very quiet Passover in Jerusalem where he had been almost incognito to avoid stirring up trouble. In the north, however, Jesus was becoming more and more open about his relationship with his Father. He kept explaining that his Father had sent him to tell all peoples that those who would believe his words of Love and Peace would awaken to everlasting Life within the Father Who, originally, had given that piece of His Mind-Life to them.

“I and my Father are One and you, also, can again be One with our Father if you heed my words and believe them. Know that I am the Son in the Father as well as the Father in the Son, and this is equally True for each of you. For I am the Light of the world and whosoever truly understands me shall no longer walk in the ego-darkness of separation from God, but shall have eternal Life in Him—in the Heaven of His Universal Mind.”

One afternoon at home, Jesus was teaching these new concepts in more depth to a wider group of his disciples, including some of the women, when there was a knock on the door. Because the room was packed with people a disciple close to the door answered it. This disciple then turned to Jesus and said quite loudly across the room, “Master, your mother and brothers are outside and they are anxious to visit with you!”

“Tell them never to be anxious about anything and please invite them in,” replied Jesus. As his family settled in on the crowded floor, Jesus, who never missed a cue to get across an enlightening lesson, decided to use shock tactics, a verbal teaching technique to which he was very partial. Grinning broadly at his mother, Mary, who always understood his ulterior motives, Jesus announced, “Who is my mother? Who are my sisters and brothers?” For effect he let the consternation dwell on their faces for a few seconds. “You are all my mothers, my brothers, my sisters, my children,” and their tension relieved, everyone laughed.

Someone asked, “Should we not honor our mothers and fathers as the Law of Moses says?”

“Of course,” Jesus replied, “but do not honor anyone else less. If you are attached to your family at the expense of Loving others as well, then you are not Loving as your Father Loves, for He loves every being perfectly, and so must you. Every being in the world, all the worlds for that matter, is a Child of God, whose being has Life only in the Father’s Being. When you Love me, or your mother, or a Samaritan, or a thief you are Loving a part of God Himself. This is not their ego you are loving but their Son of God part, and I am telling you, that part of God in them always Loves you too. Remember, if there is someone you do not Love fully, then you do not Love me and you do not Love our Father Who is in us all.”

“Should we leave our families to follow you, my brother?” James asked, a little miffed.

“James, you know I love you more than my own Life but you should know that once we grow up we should be able to let go the apron strings of ego-attachment, the glue of bonding and the co-dependences of childhood. When I became a man I left behind all narrow childhood family attachments to do our Father’s business. By all means, if you can, you must provide for your aged or sick parents and ensure they are comfortable and well cared for. If you have to stay with them to do that, then do so because it is your Father’s business. But in most cases older parents are healthy and financially in good shape. Now, if you would follow me in order to learn how to work for our Father by Loving Him and his Children then leave your childhood family so we can help replace all earthly egos with His Own Self.” Then, because the hour was late, the Master finished with a quiet prayer, and each went home meditating on his words.

A short time after this a Temple revenue collector stopped at the house demanding of Jesus his regular annual tax payment to the Sanhedrin. As Jesus rarely needed money he had none handy so, with a twinkle in his eyes, he asked Simon Peter to catch a fish by the shore and bring him the shekel he would find in its mouth. This Peter did quickly and to his astonishment the fish had the coin in its mouth just as Jesus had said. Peter brought it to Jesus who, grinning at the tax collector, said, “I assure you there is nothing fishy about me giving you this shekel on behalf of Peter and myself.”

In the summer of 29 AD Jesus made a sweep all the way as far north as Tyre where they crossed into the city by way of Alexander’s mole. Quite a few citizens of Tyre became enthusiastic about the Kingdom of Loving Oneness.

 

JESUS' TRANSFIGURATION IN GOD'S MIND-LIGHT

 Jesus and his disciples next moved eastward from Tyre all the way to Caesarea-Philippi where they taught a while before turning further north to go on a retreat up Mount Hermon. Only Peter, James and John ascended with Jesus to a small rocky plateau part way up the high mountain. There they pitched camp and settled in for the night. The next day was sunny and cloudless. During most of the morning Jesus taught them yet again about the Kingdom and that it would be necessary for him to demonstrate his Love of mankind by dying a defenseless physical death. At that, Peter, who could not stand the idea of his beloved Master dying, said, “May Heaven preserve you, Master. This must not happen to you.”

Jesus tried to explain that to resist would be an act of ego. “Fear is the basis of all anger and strife. Love knows no fear or conflict. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body because they cannot touch your Real Self because that Self is of God and therefore indestructible. If you fear death Peter, you are in a state of ego and not thinking of eternal Life the way God does. Put all ego-fears behind you, let the past go, and you will then discover the Love of our Father inside your Self—in the present moment—Now.”

Jesus then indicated he wished to meditate so he went off a few yards and sat in the warm sunshine (the air was chilly at that height) while the three disciples quietly watched. They were totally unprepared for the intense blaze of light which emanated from his body and clothes a few moments later. His tranquil face shone brighter than the sun and his garments glowed one hundred times whiter than the high snow of Mount Hermon’s peak which glistened in the noonday sunshine. Jesus was transfigured by the God-Light which radiated outwards from deep within him. The disciples’ amazement tripled when they saw two light-beings appear whom they took to be Moses and Elijah. They were right about Moses, but “Elijah” happened to be John the Baptist in his afterlife form. Both greeted Jesus and asked if the plan to bring Love to earth was being fulfilled.

“Egos are just as entrenched here now as they were when you lived in Egypt Moses, or when Elijah tangled with Ahab, Jezebel and the priests of Baal. My disciples and I have spread much Love and Light, and told many about the Kingdom but the work is just as uphill as it was when you were down here as John the Baptist. Because it is the Will of the Father, we will succeed eventually. How long it will take for each and every human to choose God from his or her own free will is anybody’s guess. Only our Father knows the answer to that.”

Instantaneously an all-pervasive Light suffused the whole area like a bright, bright mist causing the disciples momentarily to shield their eyes. Then a Voice declared, “This is my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. All must listen to him.”

In the ensuing silence everyone was speechless. Moses broke it first. “Well, Yeshua-ben-Joseph, you have received your answer from the Source, so we will now leave you in Peace.”

Peter broke in, “Please don’t go. I will pitch extra tents for both of you, right here,” pointing to a level place beside him. When he looked up to receive an answer they had disappeared. The Light faded and Jesus, too, appeared to be quite normal again.

Jesus was totally transformed by his experience. At his baptism he had received his Father’s Spirit and become a channel for his Father’s Voice. Now, through this transfiguration by Light Jesus had experienced his Oneness with God in his full awakening by his Father to that Reality. The Light in Jesus symbolized his Identification with his Father, while the ambient Light represented God Himself. Jesus was the individual Mind-Light within the Greater Mind-Light-as-Such, and the two were One.

Jesus knew the Son of Man—his humanness aspect—was to some small extent still there with its last shreds of ego but he also knew that both it and his body were fabricated fictions over which he had the same kind of creative control as he did over other things made of physical matter. He now knew he had “dominion” over all material things on earth, not to mention the universe, whenever he willed to exercise it. This kind of total Power carried with it total responsibility and it was only given to those who Loved totally—and it was given only by the Origin of Love.

 

JESUS RETURNS TO JERUSALEM TO SPREAD HIS MESSAGE OPENLY

 The Master and his followers returned to the Galilee region where the work of bringing the Light of the Kingdom to humanity continued until late September when he and the twelve journeyed to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus had decided it was the time to take the full unequivocal message of the universal Sonship of the Kingdom right into the Temple and announce it openly to all.

The disciples camped in the Garden of Gethsemane for all October, while Jesus stayed with Lazarus, Mary and Martha in Bethany. The Sanhedrin was taken aback by Jesus’ boldness and would have arrested him except for both their own lack of unanimity and the great respect the general population had for this “revolutionary Teacher.” Besides more evidence to indict him on capital charges was required if their case was to hold up during a Roman trial. Thus the policy was to trap Jesus into making treasonable statements about Roman taxes, usurping Roman authority and, strangely for Jews, the divinity of Caesar. To this purpose the Temple Pharisees mingled with the listening crowds solely to ask him awkward questions which called for self-incriminating answers.

On most days during that October of 29 AD Jesus could be heard in the public areas of the Temple discoursing on the good news of his Father’s Kingdom and his own key role as the Son who would enable everyone to find it.

“Love everyone as yourself because the Kingdom of God is one of Love.”

“What if someone strikes us,” a Pharisee shouted, “do we no longer demand an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?”

“Even if an enemy smites you on one cheek, offer the other; never retaliate in unloving ways. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for the healing of those who abuse you. Loving only your friends isn’t enough. Love everyone equally as our Father loves everyone equally.”

Peter, who was standing near him, asked, “Master, if someone wrongs me how often must I forgive him? As often as seven times?”

“Not seven, but seventy seven times because Love must have no limits, and, as you shall one day see, my Love for all of you has no limits.

“I am the Light of this dark world who can awaken you from the darkness of this world into the Light of everlasting Life. If you know me, or even fully understand my words, you know your Father. I am the Loving Shepherd who can bring you into my Father’s Fold. Listen to me. Do not be the foolhardy sheep who runs away and is lost in the pit of darkness.

“If any of you is thirsty for the Life-giving water of Spirit, come and know me and drink my words because I am the Fountain of Living Waters. If you follow my example and only Love others you will transcend earthly death and awake to eternal Life in our Father’s Kingdom.”

To test Jesus in terms of the Law and the depth of his Love, the Pharisees brought before him a woman caught in adultery.

“Do you agree, Master, that we should stone her in accordance with the Law of Moses?”

Jesus leaned forward and wrote in the dust of the Temple yard, “Love Answers All,” then straightening up he said, “If there is one among you who has never broken the Laws of Moses let him be the first to throw his stone.” Then he bent again to the floor and his finger traced out the words, “Never hurt or kill whom God Loves.”

In an embarrassed silence the questioners left the scene one by one. When none remained the Master smiled at the woman and said, “What! Is no one left to accuse you?”

“No, sir,” she replied happily.

“Then neither do I condemn you. Go on your way if you wish, but always remember you will not find the infinite Love of our Father by loving a man—unless you see him as a Son of God.” On hearing those words she followed Jesus thereafter because she Loved him..

The next day the Temple Pharisees were back to attack again, this time in the context of Jesus’ frequent statements about, “Our Father.”

“Abraham is our father and we Jews are his descendants; but God is God, He is not our father.”

“Your fear-ridden ego is your earthly father, not Abraham. And God is the Father of your eternal Being. Every single human being contains a pure Child of God within where the Father's Kingdom is. Find it by letting the Child listen to my words from God. If you understand my words you will never see death!”

“You are crazy,” they shouted, “Abraham is dead, the prophets are all dead and you say we will never taste death if we keep your word. Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who is dead?”

“I know God and I keep His Word, and Abraham has rejoiced and still rejoices to see my day has come.

“You are nowhere near fifty yet and you have seen Abraham? What nonsense!”

“I tell you most solemnly before Abraham ever was, I AM.” But, being locked into ego, they had not the faintest idea of what he was talking about so he left them, leaving the Temple in an uproar. Later, Jesus explained to his disciples that he had eternal Life, as did everyone else, and so he and Abraham (and everyone else) had always known each other.

On the leisurely trip home to Capernaum Jesus taught in more towns and villages along the way. He encountered several “would-be” followers along the way.

When a rich young man intimated, “I would follow you for I want to have eternal Life.” Jesus said, “There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you have, give the money to the poor because you Love them as brothers and you will have the treasure of God’s Love flowing through you. For I Love you and wish you to follow me.” The young man went away sad because his insecure, fearful ego would not let go of its trust in money and possessions for a trust in God.

Another young man who wanted to be a disciple asked leave of Jesus to bury his father who was on his deathbed. He and the others were shocked when Jesus said, “Follow me now, and leave those who are dead in spirit to bury the dead in body. When your father’s body dies he will have left it, so why be preoccupied with meaningless rituals of the ego. I ask my followers to leave their healthy living parents to follow me, so by all means leave a dead body which contains nothing, so you can follow me. Our work is to save people from their present state of living death—a state the ego revels in. So follow me and help me wake them up to their eternal Life in the Kingdom of our Father.” But the young man did not understand what Jesus was saying. He had “no ears to hear” so off he went home to bury his father instead of returning Home to Live with his Father.

Another would-be rich man shouted to Jesus from the back of the crowd in Magadan, “Master, tell my brother here to give me my fair share of our inheritance!”

“My friend,” Jesus replied, “You will never find happiness in wealth, land or possessions. Happiness is only found in being One with our Father so your real Treasure is in Heaven. There was once a rich man who valued only money and possessions, but in the prime of his life robbers broke into this house built by his ego and stole everything he had accumulated. As the thieves left they killed him, so all his previous work was for nothing and his avaricious life itself had been without meaning. Even the robbers constantly quarreled and were never happy. What does a person profit if, like Alexander, he gains the whole world but in the process dies without finding inside himself the only Real Kingdom there is. Do not be concerned with little ego-things like power and wealth. Come, follow me to God’s inner spiritual Treasures.”

Winter set in around Galilee in December of 29 AD. Although it was cold Jesus knew he had one more task to carry out in Jerusalem so he took Thomas with him to the Feast of the Dedication. Thomas was very bright and very logical. Once something very abstruse and abstract was explained to him in necessary detail he truly understood its meaning with deep spiritual insight. Jesus spent most of their traveling time teaching Thomas the psycho-spiritual nature of the Kingdom and the false nature of the physical world of ephemeral forms. “It is pure God Mind/Spirit which is permanent, eternal and Real, whereas matter-in-form is ever-changing, temporary and spurious,” he explained.

A blind beggar sat near the Temple gate every day. He was well known and many gave him alms. Lazarus, Mary, Martha and Thomas were with Jesus when he stopped in front of the beggar looking at him intently. Thomas was curious about a philosophical point.

“Master,” he said, “explain to me who sinned to cause this man’s blindness. He has been blind from birth so did he sin before he was born, perhaps in a previous lifetime or another domain of reality, or did his parents sin to cause this affliction—which would seem very unfair.”

“Neither hypothesis is correct Thomas. This man, as an ‘angel’, volunteered of his own free will long before his conception to be born blind so that he and I would meet today according to our preconceived plan which is also God’s Plan. We arranged this meeting so that I can demonstrate to Jerusalem and the world the Power of my Father who works miracles through me, His Son. And Thomas when you know you are God’s Son, God will work miracles through you too.”

The blind beggar sat still, saying nothing and asking nothing. Within a minute a quiet crowd had gathered around.

Jesus continued. “I am the Light of the world who has come to this world to open the blind spiritual eyes of everyone, so that all may see for themselves the Light of our Father. Today this sightless man will see both the light of this world and the Light of the Kingdom. His physical eyes symbolize his spiritual eyes just as the physical light symbolizes the spiritual Light of the Kingdom. How much more clearly do I have to spell it out for you?”

Having said this, Jesus spat in the dust and made a paste with the spittle. This he smeared carefully over the eyes of the blind man. He did this for the symbolism as well as for demonstrative impact. When this little drama was completed Jesus said, “Now go to the Pool of Siloam and wash the ego-clay from your eyes with the cleansing waters of my blessing, and you shall see Light.”

Several onlookers from the small crowd eagerly guided the man to the pool where he bathed his eyes until they were clean.

“I can see! I can see!” he kept saying as he peered around struggling to make sense of the profusion of meaningless bright images. Jesus had given him perfect physical eyes but it took him a little while to identify visually the objects with which he was familiar only by touch and by name. Those people who had led the beggar to the Pool of Siloam helped him by pointing to various things and naming them for him as the group slowly returned to the Temple. The news of this unbelievable miracle had spread already through much of Jerusalem and crowds now gathered at the Temple to see the man and to gossip about his amazing transformation. Jesus was there as well because this was one demonstration of Light he did not want hidden under a bushel and just to emphasize the miraculous event he had carried it out, quite controversially, on the Sabbath—right by the Temple. This was a direct challenge the Sanhedrin could not ignore so, while Jesus continued to teach and preach unhindered, they investigated the case thoroughly. After lengthy, wrangling interviews with the beggar, his parents and several witnesses, the Sanhedrin itself was split but the majority decided the beggar was a lifelong sinner and that Jesus was not only a blasphemer for healing on the Sabbath but also in league with Satan who did his miracles for him. The beggar, who saw Jesus as a Son of God, became his enthusiastic follower.

The next day Jesus called on his wealthy great-uncle and influential sympathizer, Joseph of Arimathea, to ask if he thought the Jewish Establishment would ever let go their outworn religious beliefs, rituals, rules and customs, and embrace a God of only Love and Peace. Joseph told him there was no way he could transform the belief systems of those in power, nor would he be able to change most of their close supporters. Jesus felt sad because he began to realize the potent stranglehold egos had on the minds of the human race. This meant the Kingdom of God would be a lot longer coming than he had first envisioned. It was not just the intractable and numerous religious beliefs of humans or their authoritative systems of government, but their unwillingness to relinquish their egos and ego-pursuits that made him begin to reconsider the time it would take to awaken everyone from their earthly dreams. The situation called for both more demonstrations, this time of God’s power to change ego/physical death into Life, and more emphasis on the worthless nature of ego pursuits and possessions.

On the way back to Galilee Jesus told more and more parables centered around these themes. One of his favorites, which he had recounted often, was about the prodigal son.

“A Sovereign (God) had two sons. The younger, named ‘Human’, asked for his half share of their inheritance and his Father gave it to him without any ill-feeling. This son separated from his Father, Family and Kingdom and went off to an alien land, called Earth, where he squandered his fortune on a life of useless, valueless ego activities. When all his money was spent he had to take menial work just to survive. He did this until he bottomed out on the futility of his ego-riddled life and its drudgery and pain, at which time he remembered the Loving abundance of his Father’s Kingdom. The son, feeling diffident, left the alien land and journeyed Home. His Father saw him coming from afar off and, being overjoyed, he asked everyone in the Kingdom to prepare a great celebration. Forgiveness did not even come into the equation because his Father only Loved him, and never condemned anyone—it was not in Him to do so. And the whole Kingdom rejoiced at the return of the prodigal prince. When the loyal elder brother thought this beneficent treatment somewhat unfair, his Father said, ‘My son, you are with me always and enjoy my constant bounty. But we must all celebrate and be happy because your brother who was dead with ego has now come to Life again; he who was lost in a dream-world is now awake again in the Kingdom. But always remember I Love all my sons and my people equally—whether they are asleep or awake.’”

Even though the winter was cold Jesus traveled widely teaching and healing. He had sent out many of his trained disciples and teachers to teach and preach throughout Israel and neighboring countries. For every few seeds which fell on sterile ground, others took root in rich spiritual soil.

 

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS FROM THE STATE OF DEATH

 At the end of February, in the year 30 AD, Jesus was teaching by the Jordan south of Scythopolis when he received word from Martha and Mary that Lazarus was near death. He set out immediately for Bethany. The messenger had covered the sixty miles in twelve hours and Jesus could have easily reached Bethany in twenty-four, but he realized this was another golden opportunity to demonstrate his Father’s omnipotence in a symbolic death and Life way. Thus Jesus walked at a leisurely pace which brought him to the tomb of Lazarus four days after he had died. Many people, some from Jerusalem, had gathered expectantly near the tomb, and Jesus’ entourage added to the crowd of witnesses.

Mary and Martha asked Jesus if there was anything he could do but they were doubtful because their brother had been dead for four days.

“God can accomplish anything, my friends. There is no order of difficulty to miracles. Have those men roll away the cover stone so that our brother Lazarus can be resurrected. There is no such thing as death, only Life, or perhaps I should say, only illusions can die whereas Minds live eternally.”

Then Jesus went to the open entrance of the tomb which was not deep, and called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” Hearing this request Lazarus, who was now in his non-physical Mind state of Being, went back into his physical body, repossessed it, and sat up on the narrow ledge just inside the shallow vault. Everyone could see him clearly. His sisters, Martha and Mary, unwound his embalming cloths, wrapped him with a sheet and helped him stagger out into the sunlight where Jesus embraced him. Then Jesus said so all could hear, “Lazarus, you have been resurrected into your physical body which has been healed for you. This is but a symbol of the non-physical resurrection we will all experience on returning to our Father’s Kingdom where we will again share in His eternal Life and Love.”

Within days the news of the miracle of Lazarus had spread throughout Israel causing great consternation amongst the Pharisees and Jewish authorities whose egos would not let them believe in anything Real. Lazarus was steady on his feet and quite normal within 36 hours. Then Jesus explained to his three friends that they should prepare to move north from Bethany, even out of Judea, because Lazarus was now a marked man. The Sanhedrin could not allow him to walk around Bethany and Jerusalem day after day as a living testimony to Jesus’ power as a realized Son of God. There had been too many witnesses to the miracle to hush it up so the only solution for the Sanhedrin would be to destroy the living evidence—Lazarus.

Jesus himself returned to the north. He wished to make one last quick tour around Galilee to visit the dozens of disciples, teachers and groups he had nurtured there during his ministry. This would be the last time he would see many of them in the flesh because he knew the next Passover in Jerusalem would be his last. Everywhere he went his theme was the same.

“Never let your hearts be troubled. Always trust in God and in the Sonship. There are enough ‘rooms’ in my Father’s House to accommodate everyone who wishes to go there to Live. I am going there shortly to prepare your place for you. Once I have, I shall return to you in Spirit to ask you to come with me to our Father’s Kingdom of Love and Light so we can all be there together in His Loving Oneness. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Come to the Father with me because if you Know me, you Know my Father also. I am in the Father and the Father is in me. I and my Father are One, and you can be in that Oneness with Us from this moment, if that is what you Really want. Even so, I will give you another Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, and through that Holy Spirit we will communicate, and you will be taught everything you need to Know so that you, too, will eventually find Peace and Love, and Live at Home, fully awake in the Mind of God for ever and ever.”

None of Jesus’ followers and disciples could believe he would be executed without some kind of spectacular resurrection, one even more dramatic than that of Lazarus. If he did die, they all reasoned, then surely he would rise up immediately in a blaze of Glory and use his Power to claim all Israel, or even the world, for his Father’s Kingdom. Then there would be great rejoicing throughout the new Promised Land as the Messiah took charge and chased away all the evil ones! After all, could not God, being God, and Jesus being his Son jointly force every human to be Loving. Together God and His Son did miracles daily, so why not a “Final Miracle” as a final solution which would allow no one the option to do evil?

“My Father’s Kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus kept telling them, “and everyone has the free will to make his or her own choice whether or not to search for the Kingdom of God—which is only to be found within your MIND-SPIRIT.” But they could not comprehend that God’s Eternal Kingdom did not embrace the changing temporary forms taken by physical matter. They were all much too down-to-earth and ego!

From Galilee Jesus went south again by way of the Jordan to Jericho where he gave sight to another blind man, and stayed with Zaccheus, a revenue collector who liked to climb trees. Arriving in Bethany at the end of March he stayed, as usual, with Lazarus, Martha and Mary who had not yet moved. After dinner that evening Mary, who Loved Jesus totally, anointed his head and feet with expensive, aromatic oil. Judas, who was there as a dinner guest, immediately objected by telling Mary she should have sold the oil and given the money to the poor. Jesus, however, would have none of it. “Judas, unloving human egos will always keep people in poverty for you to give money to in the future, but I will not be here in my body. So leave Mary alone to express her Love in this direct way while she still can. We should all Love one another as Mary Loves me.”

 

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

 Because the final days were approaching Jesus reasoned that a triumphal entry into Jerusalem would force the Sanhedrin to indict him or join him. Therefore on the Saturday he organized discretely to hire a donkey for the next day. Thus it was on Sunday morning that Jesus rode into Jerusalem where a great crowd welcomed him with resounding cheers and waving palm fronds. He came to them as a Prince of Peace on a donkey, not as a conqueror on a war-horse. The excited throngs expected Jesus to declare his Messiahship when he reached the Temple, and immediately banish all oppressive Authorities, Roman and Jewish. Their hopes were raised when, the next day, he threw the moneychangers and animal sacrifice sellers out of the Temple yard. This act caused such an uproar that Temple guards ran in to reestablish order. When Jesus went on preaching and teaching as usual, people became disillusioned. In spite of his miraculous demonstrations, they decided, he does nothing a real practical Messiah would do. Dispirited, the crowds drifted away day by day until by Wednesday afternoon only his loyal followers remained to listen. A few Pharisees also stayed but only to taunt him and lay verbal traps. One asked him, “Master, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar?”

“Show me a coin,” said Jesus. “Now, whose image is on this denarius?”

“Caesar’s,” answered the Pharisee.

“Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.” The ego should be given the worthless things of ego, while God should be given Real Love and Gratitude.

The Sanhedrin was now more united against Jesus and decided to arrest him on counts of blasphemy, breaking the Law, being in league with "satan" to work miracles and of inciting revolution, this last being treason in the eyes of the Romans. Judas was the most disappointed of the twelve disciples and he had put out feelers to the Jewish authorities. They indicated to him that Jesus would have to be arrested away from the Passover crowds and the Temple, preferably in the middle of the night. Time was short, the Passover Sabbath being only three days away. There could be no executions or even dying bodies on the Sabbath. Judas agreed to lead the Temple guards to Jesus late on Thursday night in return for thirty pieces of silver. Jesus, who usually knew what was in people’s minds, was fully aware of Judas’s plan. He loved Judas and understood that Judas was an essential ego-part of the unfolding wider Plan for the eventual return of the human race to God’s Kingdom. Judas was an indispensable ego-character in the greater Drama that was working itself through; without Judas the Play would fall apart. Anyway, Judas had long ago volunteered to take this part since these kinds of key roles could not be left to chance.

 

THE LAST SUPPER

 The disciples, including Judas, had pitched their tents deep in the olive woods of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives. Very few people in Jerusalem knew where the disciples were camped even though they had accompanied Jesus to the Temple each day. Jesus, himself, had stayed at Lazarus’ home, but had decided to spend Thursday evening in Jerusalem, and then the night with the twelve at Gethsemane. He had arranged for a quiet dinner in the house of a trusted sympathizer who lived in the city. It would be their last meal together.

The disciples arrived first and argued over the seating arrangements. Finally all agreed John and Peter should sit beside Jesus who arrived a few minutes later. On hearing of the squabble he reminded them, “Remember all are equal in the Kingdom of Heaven, including myself. God loves everyone to the infinite maximum, including any and all lost sheep! Those who Love truly serve others every way they can.” And to demonstrate his point he washed the feet of each disciple.

At the beginning of the meal Jesus raised his cup and said, “Whenever you drink remember it is a symbol of taking in the waters of the Living Spirit of God, for we Live only in Him.”

Next, Jesus picked up a loaf of unleavened bread, broke off a mouthful and said, “Whenever you eat bread remember it is a symbol for receiving the Grace of God, through which He sustains our eternal One Life within Himself. Outside of God’s Being there is nothing.”

But they did not really understand his words which later became mixed up with traditional and pagan concepts of sacrifice. What was about to happen to Jesus on the next day, Friday, April 7, would be similarly misrepresented. A supreme demonstration of Peace and Love would soon be reinterpreted by egos into an ancient ritual of blood sacrifice, an act of propitiation wherein one person is killed to save another, the death being demanded by a God or gods. At no time did Jesus condone killing or blood sacrifice, human or animal. When the meal was over Jesus signaled Judas it was time for him to follow through with the plan. Judas was perplexed by Jesus’ knowledge of his betrayal but if Jesus was giving him the go-ahead then it must be all right.

 

THE ARREST OF JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE AND THE TRIAL OF JESUS

 Jesus and his other disciples returned to their Gethsemane camp to which Judas led the Temple guard in the early hours of Friday morning. He identified Jesus with a hug and the guards arrested him, but not before Peter had cut the ear of one guard with a sword he had secreted in his tent. Jesus rebuked Peter and instantly healed the man. As Jesus was led off to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the disciples scattered. Peter followed Jesus at a safe distance because Jesus had told the twelve the previous night not to become involved in the drama.

“I want teachers, not victims. The Kingdom needs you alive to spread the good news of God’s Love and Light to everyone who will listen. Therefore go into hiding, all of you.”

The trials of Jesus were a farce. He was shuttled back and forth between the Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate and Herod. Mostly he remained silent, because Real Love does not acknowledge that ego can ever exist as a power. One of the few times Jesus did speak, was to explain this to Pilate by saying, “The only power you have over me has been given you by our Father in His Kingdom. There is no other power but His.”

“Are you the King of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“My Kingdom is not of this world. It is spiritual, and its members never fight for it or over it. It rests only on Love. As for myself, I witness only to the Truth.”

“Truth?” asked Pilate mockingly, “What is Truth?”

Although, after two personal interviews, Pilate could find no evidence to support any of the Sanhedrin’s charges against Jesus he caved in to their pressure, condemned Jesus to death by Roman crucifixion, then literally washed his hands of the whole charade. Throughout the various trials Jesus had given the Roman and Jewish worlds a superb example of non-violent defenselessness because he Loved them all equally, just as his Father did.

 

 THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS

 By mid-morning, after being beaten, Jesus was nailed to his cross with a thief on either side. He knew his body had to die a human death in order to substantiate he was as mortal in body as any other human being. If he performed a last-minute miracle such as stepping down from the cross, future humans would assert he was a unique and only Son of God which would cause them to miss the whole point of the exercise. It was not the physical death or six hours of hanging on the cross that were important, for these were commonplace experiences in Roman times. What was important was the superb demonstration of pure defenseless Love which all human Sons of God would have to become, and BE, in order to re-establish the Kingdom of God. Jesus Loved every one of his "enemies." Of course the followers of Jesus would never need to be crucified, or even slightly hurt to practice defenseless Love. Pain and suffering are always of the ego, not of God.

“Be you perfectly Loving even as your Father Loves you perfectly,” he had repeated over and over in his teachings. Love, by definition, cannot fight, struggle or resist, for that is the domain of the fearful ego. Only those who are truly ignorant of their Father’s Love are able to fear or fight. Fear and Love are totally incompatible.

Jesus underlined this while on the cross by saying, “I, Jesus, forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Jesus knew that True Goodness could only come from a conscious Knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a Loving Whole, and that all ego-states of so-called “sin” and “evil” were the result of being “unconsciously” ignorant of that Kingdom of Loving Oneness. How could God or Jesus condemn anyone who simply did not know what they were doing? That would be like punishing a little child for not knowing who God is. Anyway, Jesus as an eternal Mind in the Mind of God (as we all are) never did die! The only aspect that "died" was a temporary physical shell or form that could be re-manifested at any time—as Jesus was shortly to prove.

Jesus never said or implied that God had forsaken him. Nor did Jesus suffer any pain because he had the power to experience Love and Bliss even on the cross. After all, he was and still is, the living Christ.

Right before His body died Jesus asked John, the Loving disciple, to care for his mother Mary.

After saying the words, “Father, my work in the flesh is completed; into Your hands I commend my Spiritual Mind-Self,” the Living Jesus left his body and ascended to the One Mind of God in Whom all Minds dwell. This was the real resurrection. NO ONE HAD REALLY DIED. His work in the flesh was completed, but his physical work on Earth was not quite finished.

 

THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE PHYSICAL "RESURRECTION"

 Joseph of Arimathea quickly obtained permission from Pontius Pilate to place Jesus’ body in a new tomb in his own garden. The Sabbath began after sundown and so a very hasty superficial embalming and entombment of the remains was necessary. Finally the great entrance stone was rolled into place and a joint force of Jewish guards and Roman soldiers stood watch to ensure the seal was not disturbed. None of the authorities wanted the corpse stolen because then the disciples could claim Jesus had been "resurrected" on the third day as he had promised.

Jesus, who knew that all matter was a manifestation of, and by, Mind-as-such, promptly dissolved the body in the tomb in a flash of Light. Pure Mind-as-such embraces all "levels" of existence—even the physical. For someone who could materialize fish, transmute water into wine, suspend gravity, and dematerialize cancers, the disintegration of flesh and bones by means of Light was no big deal. For effect, Jesus left the embalming wraps and covering shroud on the rock shelf where his body had lain because anyone stealing the body in a hurry would have taken the lot; the only viable explanation of the wrappings and shroud being left in the tomb would be his resurrection.

From a purely spiritual point of view Jesus knew the disappearance, that is, the “resurrection,” of the body was completely unnecessary. It was merely dust to dust. Jesus also knew, only too well, that ego-ridden humans, unfortunately, (as in the case of Lazarus, too) primarily believed in physical bodies and identified with them. Consequently they would not accept “a resurrection” unless the body itself vanished without physical intervention or cause. Weeks later he would show the disciples a Real spiritual resurrection (his final "ascension") but, for now, his bodily disappearance was an essential part of the passion play.

Very early on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and two other women, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, went to the tomb. As they approached the sepulcher a sharp earth tremor rolled away the stone. The guards and soldiers were terrified, but when they and the women examined the vault they were all amazed to see the body of Jesus had disappeared and only the wraps remained. Some of the guards and soldiers ran off to inform the Sanhedrin and Pilate.

Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, went off to tell the disciples while Mary Magdalene wandered about the garden, waiting. Presently she saw a fully-dressed gardener and thought to ask him if he knew where the body of Jesus had gone. She did not realize she was looking at a "real" physical facsimile of it!

“Greetings, Mary. Do you not recognize me?” a smiling Jesus asked her.

“Master, is it really you?” and then registering that it actually was Jesus, she went to embrace him.

“No, Mary, do not touch me because this "resurrected" body is not quite as solid, as physical, as the one which just died. When the disciples arrive please tell them you have seen me, that I have risen, and that I will visit them in the upper room this evening. Peace be with you.” Mary was gazing at Jesus in awe as he disappeared, right in front of her eyes.

She was still standing there in amazement when, minutes later, some of the disciples ran up the path. Mary, still dazed, recounted to them all she had seen and heard. Thomas and some others flatly disbelieved her, asserting she was hallucinating. Peter and John were dubious, but hopeful it was true that Jesus had "resurrected" himself.

 

JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES IN THE FLESH

 It was still Sunday, April 7th when, early in the evening, the disciples, including the women, packed the upper room to await the arrival of Jesus. The street door of the house was barred and the upstairs door locked because they still feared imminent arrest by the Temple guards. Besides, Jesus would knock and the householder posted downstairs would let him in and escort him up to the room.

They had reckoned without Jesus’ powers. He simply manifested his “body” in the middle of the room, this time in more solid form. To quell their alarm he twice said, “Peace be with you.” Then he added, “Yes, it is I, Jesus, who am with you—now and for always.”

Thomas thought that it might be some magic trick and that an impostor, a sorcerer, had appeared among them. “If you are really Jesus let me see the nail holes in your wrists and feet, and feel the spear-wound in your side.” Jesus held out his wrists and stripped to his loin-cloth so that all could touch his unhealed side and examine his feet.

“I am not a ghost, Thomas. If you still doubt, give me something to eat,” and so Mary Magdalene gave him some of the grilled fish they had been eating.

“I have come here to prove to you,” Jesus explained, “there is Life after physical death and that everyone who believes in the Kingdom and awakens to it will experience eternal Life with the Father. Go forth, and teach my message of complete Loving forgiveness to all who will listen so that, eventually, everyone will return to our Father’s Fold. The first thing I want you to do is to journey to Galilee where the work will start, and where, by the lake at Tiberias, I will appear to you to speak with you again.” After blessing them Jesus dematerialized in a brief glow of lingering Light.

 

JESUS' FINAL INSTRUCTIONS AND FINAL ASCENSION

 Appearing to them later that same month in Galilee by the water, Jesus instructed them further, asking them to, “Feed spiritual nourishment to all my sheep. Follow all the teachings I have given you in the last three years, especially the message of Loving one another because it is pure, spiritual Love which will reunite everyone eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Reality, the Kingdom within the Spiritual Mind of God, our Father—Whose Kingdom is within YOU.”

Then Jesus took them to the top of the highest hill behind Tiberius where, purposely, he disappeared in a gigantic, dazzling, flash of Light to rejoin the Father in full Consciousness—the Father of All who have Being (every last one of us humans), by his Grace, within His Loving Oneness.

 

 

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THE CONCEPTION AND BIRTH

 

Around 8 BC God "appeared" to Elizabeth (Mary's cousin) in a vision explaining to her she was to be the mother of a son named John, who would be a prophet for a forthcoming Teacher of Love. Elizabeth was frightened and puzzled. Her husband was quite old and she herself was not young like her cousin Mary. But within two months Elizabeth knew she was pregnant and her husband was delighted he would soon have a son and heir.

A little later in that year God spoke to Mary in a similar vision.

“You are about to become the mother of a Teacher of Love who will help lift the darkness from the earth. Know also that your cousin Elizabeth is pregnant with the prophet John—who will prepare the way for your son. After you conceive, visit her so you can reassure each other about your key roles in this great spiritual development. Both of you are to impress on your sons that they have a great spiritual destiny. Be sure to bring them up with love and wisdom. Explain this to your husbands so they can play their own mature part in nurturing the boys’ growth.”

Although it was a long journey from Nazareth to the outskirts of Jerusalem, Mary, finding herself pregnant, duly set off to see Elizabeth. For a month the two mothers-to-be discussed their visions and conjectured optimistically on their sons’ futures.

John was born first, in 7 BC. His parents did raise him lovingly to be aware of his destiny as a prophet for a coming Teacher of Love, a Teacher who might even be one of his cousins, but they did not say which.

It was a very pregnant Mary who journeyed with Joseph to Bethlehem for the Roman census in 7 BC. Their son Jesus was born there the day after their arrival, in the basement stables of the overcrowded inn. A short time after this three priests from Chaldea came to visit Jesus. An oracle had told them that a baby would be born about this time in Bethlehem, a child who was to become a Teacher of Love and Light. After their visit the rumor mill started, eventually reaching King Herod’s ears. Perceiving such a Teacher as a rival and suspecting he might even be the Messiah, Herod ordered all firstborn males under two years of age killed. Joseph and Mary quickly escaped with Jesus to Alexandria in Egypt where they lived for several years before returning to Nazareth. Jesus, who was almost four could now speak Greek as well as Aramaic.

His brother James was born in Nazareth in 3 BC, an event which made him very happy. Jesus was equally ecstatic when his sister Miriam was born some 15 months later.

 

THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS

 

During his childhood Jesus, who had a brilliant mind, received a thorough Jewish education. He was a keen pupil who could not only easily remember all he was taught but could understand it with profound insight. Joseph and Mary, who were both well educated, were determined to see that their children grew up as learned, well-rounded individuals. Joseph, as a successful carpenter and local builder, had a practical world view as well as a spiritual one so he ensured his children were well versed in everyday matters. Thus, while Jesus and his brothers learned all about business, carpentry and the building trade, they also became fully conversant with the ins and outs of local activities and events in Galilee. They and their sisters mixed with other children and had numerous friends and playmates.

In school at seven years of age Jesus learned to read and write the traditional Hebrew language which he had already been taught to speak at home and in the synagogue. This was, of course, in addition to his native Aramaic. He spoke Greek with visiting educated foreigners because it was still the international language of that era, and he also picked up much Latin, the language of the Roman conquerors. Jesus, a gifted linguist, was curious about everything in the world around him. His knowledge and profound spiritual insights frequently surprised his traditional Rabbinical school teachers, who did not know what to make of him.

Jesus' parents even encouraged his artistic skills. From Mary, he and his sisters learned to spin, weave and dye cloth, to turn pots on the wheel, to cook and to sew. When he modeled birds and animals in clay he was not reprimanded even though all art images were forbidden by the strictest interpretation of the Law.

Mary, of course, knew Jesus was destined to be a fully enlightened World Teacher, and during his childhood she made sure he was aware of his sacred destiny. At the same time she gently discouraged and deflated any sense of personal ego in him by always reminding him that all he knew and could do came from God.

While no volitional miracles occurred when Jesus was a child or young man, there was one odd characteristic he had; it seemed that serious negative events such as accidents or illness just never happened to him. Nor was he bullied or chastised by other students, family or teachers. If Jesus sometimes erred it took only a word to correct him. Occasionally he would explain his reasons or motives, but no event seemed important enough to him to warrant making enemies—even temporarily. He did not do this to placate people but rather to Love them.

Several times he visited his cousin John, usually when the family went to Jerusalem for Passover every several years. The two boys had an intuitive relationship akin to that of identical twins but they were still largely unaware of their entwined destinies.

 

 

 

 

JESUS AS A TEENAGER AND YOUNG MAN

 

Joseph died when Jesus was a teenager and therefore he, as the eldest son, had to take on the bread-winning responsibility for the family. This he did with considerable efficiency having been well trained by his father. Even though the business shrank a little, there was sufficient income to maintain a modest standard of family living. As James and his other younger brothers graduated into manhood at thirteen, they were roped in to help, so that by the time Jesus was twenty business was flourishing. When Mary tried to persuade Jesus to marry a suitable girl, he explained to her quietly that he had no urge to marry and thought he never would. Mary accepted this even though she was disappointed. All Jews married and had families so, locally, Jesus’ lack of interest was thought to be most peculiar.

Throughout these years of Jesus’ life, Israel was a breeding ground for rebellious underground movements all hoping to overthrow Roman rule. The Jews, “the chosen ones of God,” more than other nations, chafed under the domination of Rome which they saw as a monstrous insult to their religious and national dignity. Jesus, when invited to join these insurgent sects, gently declined on the pretext of too many family responsibilities. From an early age he had referred to God as his Father, and Joseph always understood, in context, to which father Jesus was referring. Prayers and meditation were important to Jesus but he did not distinguish clearly between them or his almost continuous inner consultations with his Father. He relied on the latter for constant personal guidance. Even as a child he had discovered a Voice deep within his own Mind which would never leave him at a loss for the right words in any situation. Jesus also fulfilled all his religious duties at home and in the synagogue where he read the sacred scriptures to the congregation quite often; he was always very comfortable with his chosen lifetime milieu. Furthermore, he knew his inner Voice would brief him on what he had to do at each step of his destined Way.

 

JESUS LIFE FROM 25 YEARS TO 31 YEARS

 

By the time Jesus was in his mid-twenties, his brother James was sufficiently mature to take over full responsibility for both the family and the business. Of course, James had his wise mother to advise him, and the other children were now old enough to be somewhat independent. Therefore Jesus decided the time had come to see the world. Jews had settled in most Mediterranean countries so he knew he would be welcome at any local synagogue. He had already traveled though much of Israel and had long since found he loved the peaceful towns of Gennesaret and Capernaum which lay on the north-west side of the Sea of Galilee.

His first stop was Alexandria where he saw the great Pharos lighthouse as his ship sailed into one of the twin harbors Alexander the Great had constructed. Jesus' friends took great delight in conducting their tourist around the sights of the city, including the magnificent library, the tomb of Alexander and the Academy University where daily lectures were given by eminent professors. Jesus was not overly impressed by these learned men nor by the knowledge embedded in half a million books and scrolls. Certainly, there were traces of Truth scattered through them especially in the collected works of Socrates and Plato, but much of it was garbled and distorted. Also, these fragments of True Knowledge were buried in piles of other religious and philosophical rubbish. True, he did not despise the authors because, as he explained to his friends, almost all of this convoluted, erudite information they had written was about nothing, that is, it was about the shadows in Plato’s allegorical "cave." After spending several months there discussing the simple Truth with his companions, Jesus again set sail this time for Italy with a stopover in Crete. He settled in Rome for a few months where, now being fluent in Latin, he had no difficulty conversing.

Jesus considered Rome to be a kind of trial run, a curtain raiser for the future mission he knew he would one day be called to carry out. And it was in Rome that, almost unwittingly, he established his first enduring group of adherents. One of the most enthusiastic members of this small circle had a young son, Aquila, who some 30 years later would meet Paul in Corinth and join him when he went to Ephesus. Jesus, himself, returned home through Corinth and Athens. While in the City of Athena he visited the Academy, but said little even though he was by now familiar with the many philosophies of the Greeks. After traveling by way of Ephesus and Antioch, Jesus arrived in Nazareth in AD 23.

He did not stay long. That same year he set out for Damascus, Babylon and points east. Many merchant caravan trains traded all over Asia and thus it was easy for Jesus to venture, almost in Alexander’s footsteps, as far as India and Kashmir where he stayed several months, all the while learning and discussing. In Kashmir he absorbed the spiritual philosophies of the Buddha and Krishna and, while there, mastered deep meditation to the point of experiencing Nirvana and perfect Peace.

On arriving back in Galilee Jesus made his home in Capernaum, the town he loved most. It was now 25 AD, the year in which he turned 31.

 

JESUS' BAPTISM BY HIS COUSIN JOHN AT AGE 31

 

Early in 26 AD his cousin John was about his business of baptizing people who wished to change to more spiritual ways of living. Baptism was a custom he had once picked up in his wanderings, from an obscure sect of desert Jews who used precious water symbolically to wash away their so-called "sins" or errors. John had been baptized there and he had experienced such a spiritual transformation that he decided to incorporate the act into his own ministry. Shortly after this episode God had communicated with John intuitively that he, John, would baptize the Messiah whom he would recognize instantly. John was puzzled as to who it could be, but trusted his intuition that the event would occur.

Even so, he was mildly amazed to see his cousin Jesus walk through the crowd standing in the Jordan waiting to be baptized. Several kinds of recognition dawned in John’s mind at the same time and he knew, without any doubt, that Jesus was the One.

“But, Cousin, it is I who should be baptized by you,” John said. To which Jesus replied, “Let it be for now. It is fitting that here we do what is right.” Jesus knew his baptism was for a different purpose, one of opening his Mind to the permanent presence and awareness of his Father’s Spirit as himself. At the moment of baptism he became a pure open channel for God’s Voice (the Holy Spirit) and knew his Father was pleased.

This accomplished, Jesus retreated into the desert for forty days where he did not fast but ate only very sparingly. He needed to sort out with his Father’s help as to how his ministry was to be conducted. There were also residual related ego-problems still to be dealt with. Jesus was tempted to use his powers to become the kind of benign philosopher-ruler Plato had envisioned in the Republic, a course of action that would almost certainly call for physical force. After much self-enquiry, prayer and meditation Jesus decided he would let his future unfold moment by moment as God willed, without making any of his own plans at all. In other words, his personal ego had to be put behind him as a thing of the past. Jesus was well aware of the psychology of human beings, and knew his own humanness-as-ego could tempt him into non-Loving thoughts and deeds. He would not yield to power for his own sake. He recognized the ego-authority problem when he saw it, in himself and in others.

On reaching these decisive conclusions Jesus went back to Capernaum where a few of John’s local followers were waiting for him. They had witnessed Jesus’ baptism and had waited, a little impatiently, by the lake for him to return from his desert retreat.

 

JESUS SELECTS HIS DISCIPLES

 

Jesus wasted no time. When Andrew asked if he could now be Jesus’ disciple Jesus immediately agreed. Andrew then introduced his brother, Simon, whom Jesus also accepted, renaming him Peter, the rock. These two were followed by James and John, sons of Zebedee. They had known Jesus before, as admirers and friends, but now asked permission to be part of his permanent group.

AD 26 was the year Pontius Pilate became the Roman governor of Judea but his authority did not extend to Galilee which was nominally ruled by Herod, a puppet king of the Romans. This King Herod, who was the son of the one who tried to kill Jesus as a baby, kept a wary watch on any of his subjects who might usurp his authority, especially such rabble rousers as John The Baptist who was predicting the advent of a deliverer, a Messiah who might take his throne. The king’s spies regularly reported on all John’s activities including his recent baptism of Jesus, so Herod promptly added Jesus to his list of public agitators.

Within a month Jesus had added Philip and Nathaniel to his group. At this stage he spent much time teaching his six followers about the true nature of his mission by constantly emphasizing that his kingdom, like that of his real Father, was one of Love and Peace. They had much difficulty understanding this new concept. Still, Jesus was a charismatic, dynamic teacher and he plugged away using parables and analogies to get his novel ideas across. But he had decided already to put nothing in writing because, around the world, he had seen the works of great prophets and philosophers turned into immutable Laws to be slavishly and unthinkingly obeyed. The last thing he wanted was a fixed Canon and a bunch of mind-less puppets! At this time Jesus also decided to use sparingly both his powers of healing and his cooperation with the angels to control material things. This last item, too, was a temptation, but he realized that magicians’ tricks, even if genuine miracles, would never be enough to bring about the change of mind and belief systems essential for knowing his Father’s Kingdom.

Even so, a miracle once in a while would arouse people’s interest and rivet their attention, thus allowing him to teach his Real message. This is why during the wedding at Cana he turned water into wine. His brother James was most impressed so Jesus instructed him in the symbolism of changing something that (in the wedding situation) was of little value into something of great value. In a similar way ego-minds of little value could be turned into Spiritual Minds of great value—for of such (as Jesus explained to James) is the Kingdom of Heaven!

By midsummer Herod became so jittery about John The Baptist’s huge following that he threw him in prison and kept him there. Coincidentally, Jesus had just asked his six disciples if they knew of other followers who might make keen disciples, and they had brought back Matthew, a revenue collector, Thomas Didymus who was a twin, the brothers James and Judas who were fishermen, Simon, a zealot, and Judas Iscariot who was relatively well-to-do. This brought the band of immediate disciples up to twelve and they stayed loyal throughout his ministry, even though they sometimes doubted. As several were fishermen Jesus like to tell them he would make them, “fishers of men.” For the rest of the year, while John The Baptist languished in prison, Jesus taught his disciples the basic precepts of his kingdom. It was difficult for the twelve to comprehend that his purpose on earth had nothing to do with armies, politics, territory, economics, government, or dominance over others in any form, but that it had everything to do with experiencing God, service through Love, baptism by the inner Holy Spirit, and Oneness in the Father. These strange, nebulous concepts perplexed them exceedingly even though they were all intelligent men.

 

JESUS' SPIRITUAL MESSAGE TO EVERYONE

 

It was in January that Jesus began his more public ministry, mostly by teaching in Galilean synagogues and by healing sick and afflicted people when it was appropriate. The news of his work quickly spread far afield and many came to hear him, even from Syria, Judea and the province of Decapolis. It must be realized that these audiences and Jesus' followers were almost all Jews, and that Jesus was teaching within the Jewish system.

Jesus’ message to the crowds was usually much the same although he did not give "set" speeches. As an expert teacher he slightly varied his themes and presentations skillfully, to fit the needs of different audiences. One day early in March on a hill above the lake Jesus gave one of his most powerful, seminal speeches which, in summary, went something like this.

“How happy are those who are not ego-inflated in their spiritual beliefs because they shall possess the Kingdom of Heaven. Happy are all gentle and caring people because they shall eventually take over the dominions of earth. Be happy all you who are sad or depressed because I bring you a message of infinite Comfort. Happy are those who really want to know righteousness-as-Love because by wanting it and seeking it you will find it. And happy are the merciful who can forgive totally and never seek revenge, because they will receive the mercy they extend. Happy are those who are pure in their Love of All-That-Is because they shall now rest in God’s Love. Especially happy are the Peacemakers because they are realizing their Sonship in God. Happy are those who relinquish interest in all ego activities and acquisitions because they will discover God’s Kingdom within. Even if you are wronged, hurt or bullied by others for teaching my ideas, be happy—but leave the situation as quickly as possible because there are more fertile grounds in which to plant your spiritual seeds. You, who believe my words, are the spiritual salt of the earth who can now extend Love to everyone you meet, but if you lose your belief in Love you will be useless to the extension of the Father’s Kingdom. Each of you, who understand truly what I say, are the Light of this ego-ridden world, so let your Spiritual Light shine out so that everyone can see their way to reach our Father.

“I have come to reinterpret and complete the old laws of religions and states. The law says, ‘You must not kill,’ but I would extend that to include all your inner ego-thoughts of killing or hurting anyone in any circumstances. I will go even further than that and ask you to Love your enemies as well as your neighbors and, by your example, help them to learn to Love as you do because Love and Harmony are the only True Answer. Strive, always, to be as perfect as your Father in Heaven is perfect—in your motives, your intentions and your actions. In this way will you be the true Sons of the Father. Therefore, if anyone wants you to go one mile with him, walk two, and if he demands your shirt give him your coat as well. Be like God who showers the nourishing rain of Love on all alike and causes the Light to shine on everyone no matter what they do. Love everyone equally to the maximum, but never become spiritually proud or pompous because that is the sign of a hypocritical ego. Always meditate and pray sincerely and inwardly, because your Father is still in the innermost part of your Mind. But do not babble loud, meaningless words or mechanical phrases to God. Be thankful to your Father, and Love Him. Ask Him for guidance and pray that His Kingdom will come quickly to all earthly minds.

“Do not seek outside yourself for treasure or possessions; rather, seek within yourself for the treasures of Heaven which are Love, Light, Peace, Joy and eternal Happiness. Let your spiritual eye be opened to Light and Love, and that Light will automatically banish all ego-darkness and depression. Do not worry about money, food, clothing or shelter any more than the birds of the air or wild flowers do. If you seek the Light and live Love you will always be provided for without needing to have a single care. Your Father knows exactly what you need in order to help Him extend his Kingdom to those still in darkness. Trust Him in every situation.

“Never judge others in any circumstances because all judgement is critical, separating and unloving. Do not say, ‘You are a sinner,’ or ‘That was stupid’ because people in ego know not what they do. Learn, instead, to forgive others as you would have them forgive you. Furthermore, in all situations treat others as you would have them treat you, help them as you would like to be helped, and Love them as you would have them Love you. I grant it is not easy to relinquish the ego’s broad hold on you, but if you can let the ego go then you will find, and open, a small forgotten door deep within your Mind which will lead you straight to Life and Laughter in the Kingdom. Beware of all ego-tempting teachers who claim you can find our Father’s Kingdom through the ego-activities of this world. I am telling you clearly you cannot have it both ways; you cannot seek both the Happiness of Heaven and the toys and trinkets of this earthly existence at the same time. To find either one you must needs relinquish your attachment to the other. It does not matter how much you may call on God or me, or how much you act out in my name, because, if you do not heed all the words I have just spoken and put them into Loving action in your Mind, you will remain awash in unloving ego and experience floods of depression and storms of anger over and over again. Only those who, through their own wish, do the Will of our Father in Heaven will find His Peace by resting in his Loving Infinite Mind. You only have to knock sincerely and He will always open that inner door to His Kingdom. Seek His Truth there and you will find it.”

These teachings of Jesus made a profound impression on the people because he spoke with the Authority of his Father. No one, anywhere in the world, had ever heard words like these before. To "Love your enemies" was a revolutionary idea.

 

JESUS TAKES HIS MINISTRY SOUTH TO JERUSALEM AND THEN TO SAMARIA

 

Jesus continued to teach these new ideas about Love and Life throughout the northern part of Israel until early April in 27 AD, when he went south to Jerusalem for the Passover. He taught quietly in the Temple and made an impression on some people. One priest named Nicodemus was intrigued when Jesus insisted each devout person had to be “born again” in order to enter the Kingdom.

“But how can anyone enter into his mother’s womb a second time?” asked Nicodemus who had taken Jesus’ words literally.

“It is only in Spirit that you have to be born again,” Jesus explained. “The old ego- identity must die and a new identity must be allowed to emerge from the womb of the Holy Spirit within your Mind. Let the ego go and a Spiritual Child will emerge as the new you, an innocent Child full of Love, a Child who will never feel ego-fear or hate.”

“How do I find this Loving Child and give it birth within me?”

Jesus said, “Simply Love your brother as yourself without judgement. Never cease to desire to become totally Loving.”

Jesus was staying with his old family friend Lazarus in Bethany (near Jerusalem) during Passover. He had met Lazarus as a teenager and always enjoyed the company of Lazarus and his two sisters Mary and Martha who were about his own age. The girls were in love with Jesus who was always warm towards them in a brotherly way. All four were very close and shared their secrets. Lazarus and his sisters had long known that Jesus had a Spiritual Destiny but they were not in awe of him. There was too much fun and laughter in their lives for that.

For several weeks Jesus taught in and around Jerusalem and as far south as Bethlehem and Hebron. Early in the summer Jesus decided to journey home through Samaria so he could teach in villages and towns along the way. The Samaritans were not Jews and there was enmity between the two peoples. No one was much interested in what Jesus had to say. While passing close by Sychar he saw Jacob’s Well and realized he was thirsty but there was no cup there. A cheerful woman came to draw water so he asked for a drink. She was amazed because usually Jews would never deign to speak to a Samaritan.

After she given him some water Jesus said, “Now I shall give you water to drink. It is the Living water of God whose Spring of Life is deep within you.”

Now this bright woman was quite insightful and enjoyed witty wordplay.

“Sir, your well is very deep, much deeper than Jacob’s. I see you are a Master. How do I reach the water in your well if I am to drink. But first should I fetch my husband so he can drink of this spiritual water as well?”

“The man you live with is not your husband,” said Jesus smiling, “although previously you have had five husbands. Is that not so?”

“Truly, Sir, you are able to read my past very accurately. I see you are a seer too. Can you also tell me my future?”

Jesus laughed. “Yes, I can, especially if you will heed my words and worship God, who is Spirit, deep inside His Sacred Well which is also inside you. You will not find Life elsewhere. Once you have tasted the Water of Life from His Spring you will be assured of eternal Life.”

“How can I be sure of this? Are you the long promised Messiah of the Jews who will explain all meanings to us when he appears in the flesh?”

“Yes, I am he.”

She gazed at him intently and knew he spoke the Truth. “Then I must go and tell my people. Wait here, please, until I bring them back to hear your words.”

“I will wait. Those who, like you, have ears to hear will understand me.” And this is how Jesus came to teach the first non-Jews his message of Love and Life. He spent some time in that area extending his teaching to those Samaritans willing to listen.

 

THE RETURN TO GALILEE AND THE LORD'S PRAYER

 

On returning to Galilee Jesus took his disciples off to a retreat south of Naim. It was there he taught them to say:

 

“Our Father in Heaven, we hold Your name sacred.

May Your Kingdom extend within us now.

Teach us to do Your Will as it is done in Heaven.

Provide us, please, with all we need to realize Your Presence.

Help us to learn to Love others through forgiveness the way You Love us.

And save us from the dark shadows of fear we ourselves have made.

For we are willing to be perfect,

Even as You are perfect in your Loving Oneness.”

 

At this retreat Jesus explained many deeper spiritual ideas which were mysteries to the disciples. He explained that if they had enough faith they could move mountains and work many miracles. Jesus made it plain that no one really earns Sonship because it is a perpetual gift of God which already exists in every human being just waiting to be rediscovered by dismantling the ego. “To unwrap His gift, which is already freely given, all you have to do is really want only it, to ask for it and to clear away any ego-barriers to accepting its presence in your Mind.

“Earning spirituality,” he continued, “implies merit points and wages which are all ego values. God wants a total transformation in which ego plays no part. After such a complete transformation, Loving Goodness will be a spontaneous, permanent way of Life for you without having to strive for it, without having to exercise ego-willpower, and without any thoughts of non-goodness. In the meantime just doing ‘good deeds’ is fine and not doing ‘bad deeds’ is great, but any kind of grade scorecard is not enough to rediscover the Kingdom within. I am not saying not to be good; I am saying that to find God you have to want God, seek only God and to knock at His open door, even as you are being forgiving and spontaneously helpful to others. That is the Way to Perfection.

“Remember that even the most ‘evil’ man can find the Kingdom without having previously acquired merit. As a matter of fact there will be one such case after my resurrection when, in the Light, Saul will become Paul on that road over there, the one which leads to Damascus. And you Simon Peter will come to know him.”

“You know the future?” blurted out Peter in astonishment.

“If I wish I can glimpse what may happen, especially in terms of my own wider destiny,” and for a moment he seemed to shiver slightly as if a wisp of cloud had covered the early morning sun.

Jesus then took his disciples into Decapolis for several weeks where he taught gentiles in the Greek cities there before returning to Galilee in December. All the while Jesus taught and trained the twelve how to teach and preach what he called, “the good news of the Father’s Kingdom.”

 

JESUS CONTINUES HIS MINISTRY ALL THROUGH THE PROVINCE OF GALILEE

 

When John The Baptist was beheaded by Herod in January, 28 AD Jesus took the disciples by boat across the lake of Galilee to a remote spot to meditate. He then announced, “My time has come to fulfill my purpose here on earth.” Jesus sent the disciples out to fish for food while he communed with his Father. He also reflected on how the great nations of India and China honored and revered their avatars and prophets; they did not execute them as ego-threatening rebels. Only in the countries of the Roman Empire were religion and political power inextricably entwined with ego-authority. Jesus decided he would have to make quite clear to everyone that his Kingdom was definitely not political or territorial—in fact, not of this ego-world at all.

As Jesus walked down to the lake shore he noticed his fishermen disciples were having great difficulty reaching the pebble beach because a strong off-shore breeze had sprung up. So, almost without thinking, he walked out on the water in a levitated state to save them further effort. The disciples were incredulous until Peter broke the spell by shouting, “Master, may we come to you?”

“Certainly,” Jesus replied. “Walk to me—you can do it too.”

Peter climbed out of the boat and walked a few yards but then lost faith and began to sink. “Master, save me!” he cried, and Jesus, grinning good-heartedly, grasped Peter’s arm raising him to the surface again.

“You will have to develop more trust in God than that!” commented Jesus amiably, “and I know you will. Now let’s get in the boat and run home with the wind behind us.”

By now Jesus’ reputation as a healer and miracle worker was known throughout Galilee. When the fishing boat arrived in Gennesaret, not far from Capernaum, a great crowd awaited him, many of them sick or afflicted and Jesus, filled with Compassion, healed many. Yet, he told the disciples repeatedly that the power to heal through Love was from, “our Father in Heaven,” —not from Jesus by himself. “What God wills through me, happens,” he said. “It is His Will which I will also.” A few of the sick, especially some of those who were mentally ill, were physically possessed by earth-bound mind-entities. These entities were confused humans who had died but could not find the Light. Jesus, in his Compassion, was very adept at releasing these bewildered, sometimes angry, ego-souls from the bodies of their host-humans by persuading them to leave and go to the Light where his spiritual helpers would care for them. Onlookers misunderstood this beneficent procedure and incorrectly perceived Jesus to be casting out evil “daemons” which was just the Greek word for “spirits” or “souls.” Much fearful superstition existed throughout all the cultures of the earth at that time.

Jesus was the embodiment of Loving Oneness and never condemned anyone or anything. He did tell his disciples, though, that, “the Kingdom cannot be extended solely by working wonders with psycho-physical healings and material miracles. These may get people’s attention but the Kingdom comes only to those who want to open their hearts to Love, who can forgive Compassionately and who desire truly to rediscover the Presence of the Father within.”

In Jerusalem the renown of Jesus was spreading rapidly causing the Roman and Jewish authorities much concern. King Herod had kindly rid them of John The Baptist, but now his protégé was arousing the populace with even more revolutionary ideas, most of them “blasphemous.” This new self-styled “Son of Man” must needs be stopped, preferably dead in his tracks. The trick, however, would be to devise a legal way to achieve that fatal end. Only Pilate could pass a death sentence in Judea and the prerequisite for that was a Roman Trial. Therefore Jesus would have to be framed for breaking a Roman Law for which the punishment was execution—no easy task. Accusations about insulting the Emperor Tiberius Caesar would be the easiest method of ensuring Jesus’ death.

Jesus continued to preach and heal in the northern areas of Israel where Herod was also becoming concerned. The pleasure-loving king had several palaces one of which overlooked the Lake of Galilee at Tiberias. He preferred this one to the more formal one in Jerusalem. Herod had his spies report back to him on all Jesus’ movements and the content of his teachings. Jesus was becoming very popular and so Herod felt he had to tread slowly and carefully.

Whenever Jesus healed someone crowds would quickly gather who asked for more of his miraculous cures. This diverted him from teaching his main message of Love so he began requesting that these individuals not tell anyone of their healing, but none of them heeded him. To save time and to avoid clinic situations Jesus began healing at a distance. He got the idea from a Roman centurion (an army captain) who asked Jesus to heal his paralyzed orderly. When Jesus agreed and asked the centurion to take him to his house, the centurion said, “Sir, you do not need to come all that way. If you just say the necessary words I know my servant will be healed.” Jesus was amazed and turning to his followers said, “Nowhere in Israel have I found such perfect faith as this.” Then he said to the centurion, “It is God’s Will. Go home now and you will find your man has been healed.”

Jesus cured lepers and epileptics and raised children from their deathbeds. He caused many paralytics to walk or regain the use of withered limbs. Even those who touched his clothes were healed of illnesses by their faith in his spiritual power.

Jesus knew there were no limits to the transmutation of matter and energy in either bodies or physical materials. The Angels loved to do his bidding. In bodies, though, the mind-owner of the body had to want the healing whole-heartedly for it to be successful. If a shadowy part of the person wished to cling to the affliction or illness for reasons of ego-self-interest Jesus would not override that ego-wish. To do so would mean invading another person’s free will. He knew the freedom to be whatever one wants to be is a fundamental Law of the Father, even when, for some dark reason, one wills not to be free.

 

JESUS' SECOND VISIT TO JERUSALEM

 

At the end of March in the year 28 AD, Jesus again set forth for the Passover in Jerusalem by way of the River Jordan. Again he stayed in Bethany with Lazarus, Martha and Mary whom he taught at length about the Father and His Mind-Kingdom of Love. Jesus did no public preaching in Jerusalem during this visit, even though the Temple authorities were well aware he was in the area. The four friends celebrated the Passover at home without sacrifices because Jesus abhorred the primitive presumption that the God of Loving Oneness desired either propitiation, sacrifice, or self-abnegation in any form.

“God,” Jesus told the group, “wants True Lovers, not penitents. We must all Love God with all our hearts, with all our minds, with all our spirit and with all our strength of will. That leaves no room for negative thoughts. Let your egos go. No one who mopes, moans and frets about their own and other people’s egos, errors and short-comings can really Love God. A Loving relationship must be always Joyful. And Love will cast out all fear and negativity. Be a Joyful example of Love to everyone.”

 

JESUS RETURNS TO GALILEE AGAIN

 

The Master on his return to Galilee spent the whole summer teaching enormous crowds near Bethsaida-Julius on the northern edge of the lake. Many came from other countries because his fame, and to some his notoriety, had traveled by word of mouth even as far as Rome. To these earnest listeners his straight-forward spiritual themes and messages were repeated again and again. As in any public audience, hecklers asked leading questions or tried to trip him up with sophistry. The religious lawyers and political agents constantly set legal traps for Jesus but, taking it all in good part, he deftly outsmarted them as smoothly as had Socrates over 300 years before. When they asked why his disciples did not fast, he replied that they had no need because he, himself, was giving them such a rich diet of spiritual food! They also asked him why he healed on the Sabbath, acts contrary to Jewish law; so Jesus pointed out that he did no more than the farmer who retrieved a lost sheep from a pit on the Sabbath, an act considered quite legal.

In October Jesus took the twelve disciples into the hills for a few days of peace and rest. The Master had already discerned that Thomas-the-twin had a much deeper understanding of human nature and the Kingdom of Spirit than did the others. During this retreat Jesus took Thomas for a walk up a nearby hill and as they sat on top enjoying the panoramic view of the Lake of Galilee he explained the deeper Truths of the Father.

“Thomas, all humans are Sons of God, every least one of us, but this physical world of external changing forms including our physical bodies is not the Father’s Reality—it is not his Kingdom of Eternal Mind-Spirit. We are all actually Mind-Beings who really exist only in the Mind of God. It was not Him who made this material world of death, disease and decay—we did. God could never make negativity, sickness and death. Fortunately it is only a dream—for many a nightmare, a hell—from which all humans will wake up eventually, once they realize it is a valueless fabrication of superficial forms made only of flickering shadows like those in Plato's Cave allegory. You truly Live in the Mind-of-God NOW. Now, it is our task, Thomas, to awaken all who are willing to listen. We will awaken them from this delusion of separation from our Father, and reunite everyone as Spiritual Beings within God’s Perfect Being so they rediscover their ever-present eternal Life in His Mind-as-such Reality—NOW. I know you can understand this Knowledge, Thomas, and I will clarify it for you more and more—until the time comes when I am executed by blind egos, as was John my cousin. After I have left this physical body of form and have fully returned to our Father’s Kingdom I want you to take these unwritten words of mine, first to Alexandria in Egypt, and then on to India where there are wise individuals who will understand them. Are you willing to carry this Light to these people for me?”

“You do me a great honor, Master, and I will endeavor to be worthy of extending this Knowledge to these far places. Please teach me again and again until I understand fully these pearls of wisdom. I fear I tend to doubt too often.”

The next day the other disciples were curious to know what Jesus had said to Thomas but his only comment was, “If I told of one thing the Master said, you would probably pick up these rocks from the ground and stone me to death for blasphemy, so ask no more.”

During the autumn months Jesus went on still another tour of Galilee and even into Syro-Phoenicia. With him went the twelve disciples and some seventy other teachers he had trained. These close followers scattered far and wide in twos and threes to preach in small towns and villages. Jesus explained to them that they should, “teach only in those places where you get a friendly reception. If any of you are made to feel unwelcome, shake the dust of that place from your sandals, then move on quickly. There is no need to cast good seed on rocky ground or throw it among thistles. Find fertile fields and stay in the first household to invite you because they will become the spiritual leaven in the local bread. And, to mix my metaphors even more, let your inner Light shine freely on all who wish to listen.”

During the spring of 29 AD Jesus was again out traveling, healing and teaching. In the town of Magdala, between Gennesaret and Tiberias, he released to the Light seven earth-bound entities from a distressed woman. Her name was Mary (Magdalene) and after Jesus had channeled the pure Love of the Father into the void the entities had just vacated, she loved him dearly. Immediately Mary joined the loyal group of women disciples who accompanied Jesus and the others. These spiritual women tended the sick and ministered to the needs of the children and other females among the Master’s many, many followers.

Once, a spectator asked Jesus, “Where is the Kingdom of Heaven?”

“It is within you. It is within everyone’s mind.”

“Then what is it like? If it is in me I am unaware of it.”

“That is because it is as tiny as a mustard seed,” explained Jesus, “but you only have to nurture that seed of Life and let it grow within your mind and then it will become a vast tree of Life. Then many will come to you to find comfort and shelter under its beautiful branches.”

“Master, I understand that the Kingdom in me will grow like a tree from a seed, but what is it?”

“It is like a pearl of immense value for which a rich merchant would sell all else he owns. The Kingdom is comprised of all those who know God is their Loving Father and who Love Him to the exclusion of all other needs. Find that pearl within you and you will find the Home of Heaven we all share within our Father's Mind.”

In March of that year Jesus took a few of his disciples across the lake of Galilee to a quiet place for another retreat, but many people followed them. Before long some four thousand had gathered so he relented and spoke to them at length. Time passed and everyone became hungry but the only food the disciples had was five loaves and two fish. Jesus took them in his hands and kept breaking them apart until he had materialized enough bread and fish to feed all four thousand —with enough left over to fill twelve baskets.

To his disciples Jesus said, “This physical food from my hands will sustain them for a day or so, but the non-physical food I give them will keep them spiritually alive for all eternity.”

Jesus was somewhat tired even before they set out by sailboat on the return trip across the great lake so once on board he soon fell sound asleep in the bow. Within minutes a violent squall blew up causing white topped waves to break over the side. Though they were quite experienced boatmen the disciples were so worried they woke Jesus imploring him, “Master, save us or we may all drown.”

Jesus took in the situation instantly. He then said, rather dryly, “You haven’t much faith in me or God. Nothing would have happened to you because you will live a long time to accomplish our Father’s work. There must be lots of angry thoughts in the minds of the people living around this lake to cause a storm like this to happen.”

Then the Master stood and raising his hand in a calming gesture he called to the weather-controlling Angels, “Peace, be still!” Within several seconds the storm subsided and the sea was placid. The disciples were filled with awe that even the elements obeyed their Master. Jesus yawned and went back to sleep.

The disciples rarely comprehended the full spiritual meaning of Jesus’ teaching, even when he used simple parables to illustrate them. He was, however, a patient teacher.

He would say to them, “You tend to take everything too literally and you often fail to look behind my words for what it is they truly symbolize. Like the lost entities I release from people you are so earth-bound that, even when you know I am using symbols, you search for other kinds of earthly situations as an explanation. Consequently, when I hear you reciting the parables and their meanings to others I sometimes hear you use inserted words which reflect your own distorted interpretations of them. Try to understand the psychological and spiritual significance of the similes and analogies I use in parables and then you will have deeper insight into our Father’s Kingdom. And, please, my friends do not drag in the old petrified laws, worn-out religious ideas and pagan concepts such as sacrifice and hell into the Loving Oneness of the Kingdom. We do not put our new wine into old wineskins that have been patched and mended many times. Almost all ancient laws, customs and beliefs have been patched and mended by blind commentators and deaf interpreters so many times they can no longer be used as whole ‘containers’ for my Father’s Truths. Certainly there are some aspects of the old that can be extracted and extended—we do not want to throw out the babies with the bath water—but, by and large, what I teach is a new testament, so let us put this new wine in new containers. And just to double up on that metaphor, the new containers can be thought of as both new, emptied-out Minds and new people who are open to my new ideas.”

Jesus decided to give them some practice in interpreting metaphors. “All right, try this one: A city built on a high mountain and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”

“Well,” said Andrew, “I think you are saying that when you are the Messiah and rule Israel we should build our new Jerusalem on a high hill and fortify it well against the Romans or other challengers.”

Jesus sighed. “Andrew, you are being earth-bound and literal again. The city is a symbol for your new Mind which must be built atop my new ‘lofty’ spiritual ideas (which are the mountain) far above the earthly plains of the ego’s old earthy activities. This inner City of Spirit must be fortified with the Love, Light, Peace and Joy of our Father so that it is quite unassailable to any attacks from below by egos—the individual’s own residual ego or the egos of others. Love is the only defenseless ‘fortification’ which is invulnerable to all attack, and earth-bodies have nothing to do with any of this—as I hope you will understand at the time of my resurrection. By the way your Spiritual Mind-city cannot be hidden from other people on the plain below. It will shine with Light for all to see. Many in darkness will be annoyed by your high City-Lights and strive to extinguish them, as you will witness at my death. But others who seek the Light will climb the high hill to join us and contribute their Light making the Whole City of God ever more powerful.”

“And all that spiritual meaning is packed into sixteen words?” marveled John who had absorbed every nuance.

“Yes,” murmured Jesus, “To those who have ears, let them Comprehend, to those who have eyes let them have Vision.”

When Jesus was at his home in Capernaum he often taught in the synagogue there, where he was always welcome. Most local people loved him, but many visitors, especially strict traditional Pharisees from Jerusalem, found his discussions intolerable and reported back to the Sanhedrin that Jesus flouted the Law regularly. He had just returned from another very quiet Passover in Jerusalem where he had been almost incognito to avoid stirring up trouble. In the north, however, Jesus was becoming more and more open about his relationship with his Father. He kept explaining that his Father had sent him to tell all peoples that those who would believe his words of Love and Peace would awaken to everlasting Life within the Father Who, originally, had given that piece of His Mind-Life to them.

“I and my Father are One and you, also, can again be One with our Father if you heed my words and believe them. Know that I am the Son in the Father as well as the Father in the Son, and this is equally True for each of you. For I am the Light of the world and whosoever truly understands me shall no longer walk in the ego-darkness of separation from God, but shall have eternal Life in Him—in the Heaven of His Universal Mind.”

One afternoon at home, Jesus was teaching these new concepts in more depth to a wider group of his disciples, including some of the women, when there was a knock on the door. Because the room was packed with people a disciple close to the door answered it. This disciple then turned to Jesus and said quite loudly across the room, “Master, your mother and brothers are outside and they are anxious to visit with you!”

“Tell them never to be anxious about anything and please invite them in,” replied Jesus. As his family settled in on the crowded floor, Jesus, who never missed a cue to get across an enlightening lesson, decided to use shock tactics, a verbal teaching technique to which he was very partial. Grinning broadly at his mother, Mary, who always understood his ulterior motives, Jesus announced, “Who is my mother? Who are my sisters and brothers?” For effect he let the consternation dwell on their faces for a few seconds. “You are all my mothers, my brothers, my sisters, my children,” and their tension relieved, everyone laughed.

Someone asked, “Should we not honor our mothers and fathers as the Law of Moses says?”

“Of course,” Jesus replied, “but do not honor anyone else less. If you are attached to your family at the expense of Loving others as well, then you are not Loving as your Father Loves, for He loves every being perfectly, and so must you. Every being in the world, all the worlds for that matter, is a Child of God, whose being has Life only in the Father’s Being. When you Love me, or your mother, or a Samaritan, or a thief you are Loving a part of God Himself. This is not their ego you are loving but their Son of God part, and I am telling you, that part of God in them always Loves you too. Remember, if there is someone you do not Love fully, then you do not Love me and you do not Love our Father Who is in us all.”

“Should we leave our families to follow you, my brother?” James asked, a little miffed.

“James, you know I love you more than my own Life but you should know that once we grow up we should be able to let go the apron strings of ego-attachment, the glue of bonding and the co-dependences of childhood. When I became a man I left behind all narrow childhood family attachments to do our Father’s business. By all means, if you can, you must provide for your aged or sick parents and ensure they are comfortable and well cared for. If you have to stay with them to do that, then do so because it is your Father’s business. But in most cases older parents are healthy and financially in good shape. Now, if you would follow me in order to learn how to work for our Father by Loving Him and his Children then leave your childhood family so we can help replace all earthly egos with His Own Self.” Then, because the hour was late, the Master finished with a quiet prayer, and each went home meditating on his words.

A short time after this a Temple revenue collector stopped at the house demanding of Jesus his regular annual tax payment to the Sanhedrin. As Jesus rarely needed money he had none handy so, with a twinkle in his eyes, he asked Simon Peter to catch a fish by the shore and bring him the shekel he would find in its mouth. This Peter did quickly and to his astonishment the fish had the coin in its mouth just as Jesus had said. Peter brought it to Jesus who, grinning at the tax collector, said, “I assure you there is nothing fishy about me giving you this shekel on behalf of Peter and myself.”

In the summer of 29 AD Jesus made a sweep all the way as far north as Tyre where they crossed into the city by way of Alexander’s mole. Quite a few citizens of Tyre became enthusiastic about the Kingdom of Loving Oneness.

 

 

 

 

JESUS' TRANSFIGURATION IN GOD'S MIND-LIGHT

 

Jesus and his disciples next moved eastward from Tyre all the way to Caesarea-Philippi where they taught a while before turning further north to go on a retreat up Mount Hermon. Only Peter, James and John ascended with Jesus to a small rocky plateau part way up the high mountain. There they pitched camp and settled in for the night. The next day was sunny and cloudless. During most of the morning Jesus taught them yet again about the Kingdom and that it would be necessary for him to demonstrate his Love of mankind by dying a defenseless physical death. At that, Peter, who could not stand the idea of his beloved Master dying, said, “May Heaven preserve you, Master. This must not happen to you.”

Jesus tried to explain that to resist would be an act of ego. “Fear is the basis of all anger and strife. Love knows no fear or conflict. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body because they cannot touch your Real Self because that Self is of God and therefore indestructible. If you fear death Peter, you are in a state of ego and not thinking of eternal Life the way God does. Put all ego-fears behind you, let the past go, and you will then discover the Love of our Father inside your Self—in the present moment—Now.”

Jesus then indicated he wished to meditate so he went off a few yards and sat in the warm sunshine (the air was chilly at that height) while the three disciples quietly watched. They were totally unprepared for the intense blaze of light which emanated from his body and clothes a few moments later. His tranquil face shone brighter than the sun and his garments glowed one hundred times whiter than the high snow of Mount Hermon’s peak which glistened in the noonday sunshine. Jesus was transfigured by the God-Light which radiated outwards from deep within him. The disciples’ amazement tripled when they saw two light-beings appear whom they took to be Moses and Elijah. They were right about Moses, but “Elijah” happened to be John the Baptist in his afterlife form. Both greeted Jesus and asked if the plan to bring Love to earth was being fulfilled.

“Egos are just as entrenched here now as they were when you lived in Egypt Moses, or when Elijah tangled with Ahab, Jezebel and the priests of Baal. My disciples and I have spread much Love and Light, and told many about the Kingdom but the work is just as uphill as it was when you were down here as John the Baptist. Because it is the Will of the Father, we will succeed eventually. How long it will take for each and every human to choose God from his or her own free will is anybody’s guess. Only our Father knows the answer to that.”

Instantaneously an all-pervasive Light suffused the whole area like a bright, bright mist causing the disciples momentarily to shield their eyes. Then a Voice declared, “This is my Beloved Son with whom I am well pleased. All must listen to him.”

In the ensuing silence everyone was speechless. Moses broke it first. “Well, Yeshua-ben-Joseph, you have received your answer from the Source, so we will now leave you in Peace.”

Peter broke in, “Please don’t go. I will pitch extra tents for both of you, right here,” pointing to a level place beside him. When he looked up to receive an answer they had disappeared. The Light faded and Jesus, too, appeared to be quite normal again.

Jesus was totally transformed by his experience. At his baptism he had received his Father’s Spirit and become a channel for his Father’s Voice. Now, through this transfiguration by Light Jesus had experienced his Oneness with God in his full awakening by his Father to that Reality. The Light in Jesus symbolized his Identification with his Father, while the ambient Light represented God Himself. Jesus was the individual Mind-Light within the Greater Mind-Light-as-Such, and the two were One.

Jesus knew the Son of Man—his humanness aspect—was to some small extent still there with its last shreds of ego but he also knew that both it and his body were fabricated fictions over which he had the same kind of creative control as he did over other things made of physical matter. He now knew he had “dominion” over all material things on earth, not to mention the universe, whenever he willed to exercise it. This kind of total Power carried with it total responsibility and it was only given to those who Loved totally—and it was given only by the Origin of Love.

 

JESUS RETURNS TO JERUSALEM TO SPREAD HIS MESSAGE OPENLY

 

The Master and his followers returned to the Galilee region where the work of bringing the Light of the Kingdom to humanity continued until late September when he and the twelve journeyed to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus had decided it was the time to take the full unequivocal message of the universal Sonship of the Kingdom right into the Temple and announce it openly to all.

The disciples camped in the Garden of Gethsemane for all October, while Jesus stayed with Lazarus, Mary and Martha in Bethany. The Sanhedrin was taken aback by Jesus’ boldness and would have arrested him except for both their own lack of unanimity and the great respect the general population had for this “revolutionary Teacher.” Besides more evidence to indict him on capital charges was required if their case was to hold up during a Roman trial. Thus the policy was to trap Jesus into making treasonable statements about Roman taxes, usurping Roman authority and, strangely for Jews, the divinity of Caesar. To this purpose the Temple Pharisees mingled with the listening crowds solely to ask him awkward questions which called for self-incriminating answers.

On most days during that October of 29 AD Jesus could be heard in the public areas of the Temple discoursing on the good news of his Father’s Kingdom and his own key role as the Son who would enable everyone to find it.

“Love everyone as yourself because the Kingdom of God is one of Love.”

“What if someone strikes us,” a Pharisee shouted, “do we no longer demand an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth?”

“Even if an enemy smites you on one cheek, offer the other; never retaliate in unloving ways. Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for the healing of those who abuse you. Loving only your friends isn’t enough. Love everyone equally as our Father loves everyone equally.”

Peter, who was standing near him, asked, “Master, if someone wrongs me how often must I forgive him? As often as seven times?”

“Not seven, but seventy seven times because Love must have no limits, and, as you shall one day see, my Love for all of you has no limits.

“I am the Light of this dark world who can awaken you from the darkness of this world into the Light of everlasting Life. If you know me, or even fully understand my words, you know your Father. I am the Loving Shepherd who can bring you into my Father’s Fold. Listen to me. Do not be the foolhardy sheep who runs away and is lost in the pit of darkness.

“If any of you is thirsty for the Life-giving water of Spirit, come and know me and drink my words because I am the Fountain of Living Waters. If you follow my example and only Love others you will transcend earthly death and awake to eternal Life in our Father’s Kingdom.”

To test Jesus in terms of the Law and the depth of his Love, the Pharisees brought before him a woman caught in adultery.

“Do you agree, Master, that we should stone her in accordance with the Law of Moses?”

Jesus leaned forward and wrote in the dust of the Temple yard, “Love Answers All,” then straightening up he said, “If there is one among you who has never broken the Laws of Moses let him be the first to throw his stone.” Then he bent again to the floor and his finger traced out the words, “Never hurt or kill whom God Loves.”

In an embarrassed silence the questioners left the scene one by one. When none remained the Master smiled at the woman and said, “What! Is no one left to accuse you?”

“No, sir,” she replied happily.

“Then neither do I condemn you. Go on your way if you wish, but always remember you will not find the infinite Love of our Father by loving a man—unless you see him as a Son of God.” On hearing those words she followed Jesus thereafter because she Loved him..

The next day the Temple Pharisees were back to attack again, this time in the context of Jesus’ frequent statements about, “Our Father.”

“Abraham is our father and we Jews are his descendants; but God is God, He is not our father.”

“Your fear-ridden ego is your earthly father, not Abraham. And God is the Father of your eternal Being. Every single human being contains a pure Child of God within where the Father's Kingdom is. Find it by letting the Child listen to my words from God. If you understand my words you will never see death!”

“You are crazy,” they shouted, “Abraham is dead, the prophets are all dead and you say we will never taste death if we keep your word. Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who is dead?”

“I know God and I keep His Word, and Abraham has rejoiced and still rejoices to see my day has come.

“You are nowhere near fifty yet and you have seen Abraham? What nonsense!”

“I tell you most solemnly before Abraham ever was, I AM.” But, being locked into ego, they had not the faintest idea of what he was talking about so he left them, leaving the Temple in an uproar. Later, Jesus explained to his disciples that he had eternal Life, as did everyone else, and so he and Abraham (and everyone else) had always known each other.

On the leisurely trip home to Capernaum Jesus taught in more towns and villages along the way. He encountered several “would-be” followers along the way.

When a rich young man intimated, “I would follow you for I want to have eternal Life.” Jesus said, “There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you have, give the money to the poor because you Love them as brothers and you will have the treasure of God’s Love flowing through you. For I Love you and wish you to follow me.” The young man went away sad because his insecure, fearful ego would not let go of its trust in money and possessions for a trust in God.

Another young man who wanted to be a disciple asked leave of Jesus to bury his father who was on his deathbed. He and the others were shocked when Jesus said, “Follow me now, and leave those who are dead in spirit to bury the dead in body. When your father’s body dies he will have left it, so why be preoccupied with meaningless rituals of the ego. I ask my followers to leave their healthy living parents to follow me, so by all means leave a dead body which contains nothing, so you can follow me. Our work is to save people from their present state of living death—a state the ego revels in. So follow me and help me wake them up to their eternal Life in the Kingdom of our Father.” But the young man did not understand what Jesus was saying. He had “no ears to hear” so off he went home to bury his father instead of returning Home to Live with his Father.

Another would-be rich man shouted to Jesus from the back of the crowd in Magadan, “Master, tell my brother here to give me my fair share of our inheritance!”

“My friend,” Jesus replied, “You will never find happiness in wealth, land or possessions. Happiness is only found in being One with our Father so your real Treasure is in Heaven. There was once a rich man who valued only money and possessions, but in the prime of his life robbers broke into this house built by his ego and stole everything he had accumulated. As the thieves left they killed him, so all his previous work was for nothing and his avaricious life itself had been without meaning. Even the robbers constantly quarreled and were never happy. What does a person profit if, like Alexander, he gains the whole world but in the process dies without finding inside himself the only Real Kingdom there is. Do not be concerned with little ego-things like power and wealth. Come, follow me to God’s inner spiritual Treasures.”

Winter set in around Galilee in December of 29 AD. Although it was cold Jesus knew he had one more task to carry out in Jerusalem so he took Thomas with him to the Feast of the Dedication. Thomas was very bright and very logical. Once something very abstruse and abstract was explained to him in necessary detail he truly understood its meaning with deep spiritual insight. Jesus spent most of their traveling time teaching Thomas the psycho-spiritual nature of the Kingdom and the false nature of the physical world of ephemeral forms. “It is pure God Mind/Spirit which is permanent, eternal and Real, whereas matter-in-form is ever-changing, temporary and spurious,” he explained.

A blind beggar sat near the Temple gate every day. He was well known and many gave him alms. Lazarus, Mary, Martha and Thomas were with Jesus when he stopped in front of the beggar looking at him intently. Thomas was curious about a philosophical point.

“Master,” he said, “explain to me who sinned to cause this man’s blindness. He has been blind from birth so did he sin before he was born, perhaps in a previous lifetime or another domain of reality, or did his parents sin to cause this affliction—which would seem very unfair.”

“Neither hypothesis is correct Thomas. This man, as an ‘angel’, volunteered of his own free will long before his conception to be born blind so that he and I would meet today according to our preconceived plan which is also God’s Plan. We arranged this meeting so that I can demonstrate to Jerusalem and the world the Power of my Father who works miracles through me, His Son. And Thomas when you know you are God’s Son, God will work miracles through you too.”

The blind beggar sat still, saying nothing and asking nothing. Within a minute a quiet crowd had gathered around.

Jesus continued. “I am the Light of the world who has come to this world to open the blind spiritual eyes of everyone, so that all may see for themselves the Light of our Father. Today this sightless man will see both the light of this world and the Light of the Kingdom. His physical eyes symbolize his spiritual eyes just as the physical light symbolizes the spiritual Light of the Kingdom. How much more clearly do I have to spell it out for you?”

Having said this, Jesus spat in the dust and made a paste with the spittle. This he smeared carefully over the eyes of the blind man. He did this for the symbolism as well as for demonstrative impact. When this little drama was completed Jesus said, “Now go to the Pool of Siloam and wash the ego-clay from your eyes with the cleansing waters of my blessing, and you shall see Light.”

Several onlookers from the small crowd eagerly guided the man to the pool where he bathed his eyes until they were clean.

“I can see! I can see!” he kept saying as he peered around struggling to make sense of the profusion of meaningless bright images. Jesus had given him perfect physical eyes but it took him a little while to identify visually the objects with which he was familiar only by touch and by name. Those people who had led the beggar to the Pool of Siloam helped him by pointing to various things and naming them for him as the group slowly returned to the Temple. The news of this unbelievable miracle had spread already through much of Jerusalem and crowds now gathered at the Temple to see the man and to gossip about his amazing transformation. Jesus was there as well because this was one demonstration of Light he did not want hidden under a bushel and just to emphasize the miraculous event he had carried it out, quite controversially, on the Sabbath—right by the Temple. This was a direct challenge the Sanhedrin could not ignore so, while Jesus continued to teach and preach unhindered, they investigated the case thoroughly. After lengthy, wrangling interviews with the beggar, his parents and several witnesses, the Sanhedrin itself was split but the majority decided the beggar was a lifelong sinner and that Jesus was not only a blasphemer for healing on the Sabbath but also in league with Satan who did his miracles for him. The beggar, who saw Jesus as a Son of God, became his enthusiastic follower.

The next day Jesus called on his wealthy great-uncle and influential sympathizer, Joseph of Arimathea, to ask if he thought the Jewish Establishment would ever let go their outworn religious beliefs, rituals, rules and customs, and embrace a God of only Love and Peace. Joseph told him there was no way he could transform the belief systems of those in power, nor would he be able to change most of their close supporters. Jesus felt sad because he began to realize the potent stranglehold egos had on the minds of the human race. This meant the Kingdom of God would be a lot longer coming than he had first envisioned. It was not just the intractable and numerous religious beliefs of humans or their authoritative systems of government, but their unwillingness to relinquish their egos and ego-pursuits that made him begin to reconsider the time it would take to awaken everyone from their earthly dreams. The situation called for both more demonstrations, this time of God’s power to change ego/physical death into Life, and more emphasis on the worthless nature of ego pursuits and possessions.

On the way back to Galilee Jesus told more and more parables centered around these themes. One of his favorites, which he had recounted often, was about the prodigal son.

“A Sovereign (God) had two sons. The younger, named ‘Human’, asked for his half share of their inheritance and his Father gave it to him without any ill-feeling. This son separated from his Father, Family and Kingdom and went off to an alien land, called Earth, where he squandered his fortune on a life of useless, valueless ego activities. When all his money was spent he had to take menial work just to survive. He did this until he bottomed out on the futility of his ego-riddled life and its drudgery and pain, at which time he remembered the Loving abundance of his Father’s Kingdom. The son, feeling diffident, left the alien land and journeyed Home. His Father saw him coming from afar off and, being overjoyed, he asked everyone in the Kingdom to prepare a great celebration. Forgiveness did not even come into the equation because his Father only Loved him, and never condemned anyone—it was not in Him to do so. And the whole Kingdom rejoiced at the return of the prodigal prince. When the loyal elder brother thought this beneficent treatment somewhat unfair, his Father said, ‘My son, you are with me always and enjoy my constant bounty. But we must all celebrate and be happy because your brother who was dead with ego has now come to Life again; he who was lost in a dreamworld is now awake again in the Kingdom. But always remember I Love all my sons and my people equally—whether they are asleep or awake.’”

Even though the winter was cold Jesus traveled widely teaching and healing. He had sent out many of his trained disciples and teachers to teach and preach throughout Israel and neighboring countries. For every few seeds which fell on sterile ground, others took root in rich spiritual soil.

 

THE RAISING OF LAZARUS FROM THE STATE OF DEATH

 

At the end of February, in the year 30 AD, Jesus was teaching by the Jordan south of Scythopolis when he received word from Martha and Mary that Lazarus was near death. He set out immediately for Bethany. The messenger had covered the sixty miles in twelve hours and Jesus could have easily reached Bethany in twenty-four, but he realized this was another golden opportunity to demonstrate his Father’s omnipotence in a symbolic death and Life way. Thus Jesus walked at a leisurely pace which brought him to the tomb of Lazarus four days after he had died. Many people, some from Jerusalem, had gathered expectantly near the tomb, and Jesus’ entourage added to the crowd of witnesses.

Mary and Martha asked Jesus if there was anything he could do but they were doubtful because their brother had been dead for four days.

“God can accomplish anything, my friends. There is no order of difficulty to miracles. Have those men roll away the cover stone so that our brother Lazarus can be resurrected. There is no such thing as death, only Life, or perhaps I should say, only illusions can die whereas Minds live eternally.”

Then Jesus went to the open entrance of the tomb which was not deep, and called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” Hearing this request Lazarus, who was now in his non-physical Mind state of Being, went back into his physical body, repossessed it, and sat up on the narrow ledge just inside the shallow vault. Everyone could see him clearly. His sisters, Martha and Mary, unwound his embalming cloths, wrapped him with a sheet and helped him stagger out into the sunlight where Jesus embraced him. Then Jesus said so all could hear, “Lazarus, you have been resurrected into your physical body which has been healed for you. This is but a symbol of the non-physical resurrection we will all experience on returning to our Father’s Kingdom where we will again share in His eternal Life and Love.”

Within days the news of the miracle of Lazarus had spread throughout Israel causing great consternation amongst the Pharisees and Jewish authorities whose egos would not let them believe in anything Real. Lazarus was steady on his feet and quite normal within 36 hours. Then Jesus explained to his three friends that they should prepare to move north from Bethany, even out of Judea, because Lazarus was now a marked man. The Sanhedrin could not allow him to walk around Bethany and Jerusalem day after day as a living testimony to Jesus’ power as a realized Son of God. There had been too many witnesses to the miracle to hush it up so the only solution for the Sanhedrin would be to destroy the living evidence—Lazarus.

Jesus himself returned to the north. He wished to make one last quick tour around Galilee to visit the dozens of disciples, teachers and groups he had nurtured there during his ministry. This would be the last time he would see many of them in the flesh because he knew the next Passover in Jerusalem would be his last. Everywhere he went his theme was the same.

“Never let your hearts be troubled. Always trust in God and in the Sonship. There are enough ‘rooms’ in my Father’s House to accommodate everyone who wishes to go there to Live. I am going there shortly to prepare your place for you. Once I have, I shall return to you in Spirit to ask you to come with me to our Father’s Kingdom of Love and Light so we can all be there together in His Loving Oneness. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. Come to the Father with me because if you Know me, you Know my Father also. I am in the Father and the Father is in me. I and my Father are One, and you can be in that Oneness with Us from this moment, if that is what you Really want. Even so, I will give you another Advocate, the Spirit of Truth, and through that Holy Spirit we will communicate, and you will be taught everything you need to Know so that you, too, will eventually find Peace and Love, and Live at Home, fully awake in the Mind of God for ever and ever.”

None of Jesus’ followers and disciples could believe he would be executed without some kind of spectacular resurrection, one even more dramatic than that of Lazarus. If he did die, they all reasoned, then surely he would rise up immediately in a blaze of Glory and use his Power to claim all Israel, or even the world, for his Father’s Kingdom. Then there would be great rejoicing throughout the new Promised Land as the Messiah took charge and chased away all the evil ones! After all, could not God, being God, and Jesus being his Son jointly force every human to be Loving. Together God and His Son did miracles daily, so why not a “Final Miracle” as a final solution which would allow no one the option to do evil?

“My Father’s Kingdom is not of this world,” Jesus kept telling them, “and everyone has the free will to make his or her own choice whether or not to search for the Kingdom of God—which is only to be found within your MIND-SPIRIT.” But they could not comprehend that God’s Eternal Kingdom did not embrace the changing temporary forms taken by physical matter. They were all much too down-to-earth and ego!

From Galilee Jesus went south again by way of the Jordan to Jericho where he gave sight to another blind man, and stayed with Zaccheus, a revenue collector who liked to climb trees. Arriving in Bethany at the end of March he stayed, as usual, with Lazarus, Martha and Mary who had not yet moved. After dinner that evening Mary, who Loved Jesus totally, anointed his head and feet with expensive, aromatic oil. Judas, who was there as a dinner guest, immediately objected by telling Mary she should have sold the oil and given the money to the poor. Jesus, however, would have none of it. “Judas, unloving human egos will always keep people in poverty for you to give money to in the future, but I will not be here in my body. So leave Mary alone to express her Love in this direct way while she still can. We should all Love one another as Mary Loves me.”

 

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY OF JESUS INTO JERUSALEM

 

Because the final days were approaching Jesus reasoned that a triumphal entry into Jerusalem would force the Sanhedrin to indict him or join him. Therefore on the Saturday he organized discretely to hire a donkey for the next day. Thus it was on Sunday morning that Jesus rode into Jerusalem where a great crowd welcomed him with resounding cheers and waving palm fronds. He came to them as a Prince of Peace on a donkey, not as a conqueror on a war-horse. The excited throngs expected Jesus to declare his Messiahship when he reached the Temple, and immediately banish all oppressive Authorities, Roman and Jewish. Their hopes were raised when, the next day, he threw the moneychangers and animal sacrifice sellers out of the Temple yard. This act caused such an uproar that Temple guards ran in to reestablish order. When Jesus went on preaching and teaching as usual, people became disillusioned. In spite of his miraculous demonstrations, they decided, he does nothing a real practical Messiah would do. Dispirited, the crowds drifted away day by day until by Wednesday afternoon only his loyal followers remained to listen. A few Pharisees also stayed but only to taunt him and lay verbal traps. One asked him, “Master, is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar?”

“Show me a coin,” said Jesus. “Now, whose image is on this denarius?”

“Caesar’s,” answered the Pharisee.

“Then render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God what is God’s.” The ego should be given the worthless things of ego, while God should be given Real Love and Gratitude.

The Sanhedrin was now more united against Jesus and decided to arrest him on counts of blasphemy, breaking the Law, being in league with "satan" to work miracles and of inciting revolution, this last being treason in the eyes of the Romans. Judas was the most disappointed of the twelve disciples and he had put out feelers to the Jewish authorities. They indicated to him that Jesus would have to be arrested away from the Passover crowds and the Temple, preferably in the middle of the night. Time was short, the Passover Sabbath being only three days away. There could be no executions or even dying bodies on the Sabbath. Judas agreed to lead the Temple guards to Jesus late on Thursday night in return for thirty pieces of silver. Jesus, who usually knew what was in people’s minds, was fully aware of Judas’s plan. He loved Judas and understood that Judas was an essential ego-part of the unfolding wider Plan for the eventual return of the human race to God’s Kingdom. Judas was an indispensable ego-character in the greater Drama that was working itself through; without Judas the Play would fall apart. Anyway, Judas had long ago volunteered to take this part since these kinds of key roles could not be left to chance.

 

THE LAST SUPPER

 

The disciples, including Judas, had pitched their tents deep in the olive woods of Gethsemane near the Mount of Olives. Very few people in Jerusalem knew where the disciples were camped even though they had accompanied Jesus to the Temple each day. Jesus, himself, had stayed at Lazarus’ home, but had decided to spend Thursday evening in Jerusalem, and then the night with the twelve at Gethsemane. He had arranged for a quiet dinner in the house of a trusted sympathizer who lived in the city. It would be their last meal together.

The disciples arrived first and argued over the seating arrangements. Finally all agreed John and Peter should sit beside Jesus who arrived a few minutes later. On hearing of the squabble he reminded them, “Remember all are equal in the Kingdom of Heaven, including myself. God loves everyone to the infinite maximum, including any and all lost sheep! Those who Love truly serve others every way they can.” And to demonstrate his point he washed the feet of each disciple.

At the beginning of the meal Jesus raised his cup and said, “Whenever you drink remember it is a symbol of taking in the waters of the Living Spirit of God, for we Live only in Him.”

Next, Jesus picked up a loaf of unleavened bread, broke off a mouthful and said, “Whenever you eat bread remember it is a symbol for receiving the Grace of God, through which He sustains our eternal One Life within Himself. Outside of God’s Being there is nothing.”

But they did not really understand his words which later became mixed up with traditional and pagan concepts of sacrifice. What was about to happen to Jesus on the next day, Friday, April 7, would be similarly misrepresented. A supreme demonstration of Peace and Love would soon be reinterpreted by egos into an ancient ritual of blood sacrifice, an act of propitiation wherein one person is killed to save another, the death being demanded by a God or gods. At no time did Jesus condone killing or blood sacrifice, human or animal. When the meal was over Jesus signaled Judas it was time for him to follow through with the plan. Judas was perplexed by Jesus’ knowledge of his betrayal but if Jesus was giving him the go-ahead then it must be all right.

 

THE ARREST OF JESUS IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE AND THE TRIAL OF JESUS

 

Jesus and his other disciples returned to their Gethsemane camp to which Judas led the Temple guard in the early hours of Friday morning. He identified Jesus with a hug and the guards arrested him, but not before Peter had cut the ear of one guard with a sword he had secreted in his tent. Jesus rebuked Peter and instantly healed the man. As Jesus was led off to the house of Annas, the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the disciples scattered. Peter followed Jesus at a safe distance because Jesus had told the twelve the previous night not to become involved in the drama.

“I want teachers, not victims. The Kingdom needs you alive to spread the good news of God’s Love and Light to everyone who will listen. Therefore go into hiding, all of you.”

The trials of Jesus were a farce. He was shuttled back and forth between the Sanhedrin, Pontius Pilate and Herod. Mostly he remained silent, because Real Love does not acknowledge that ego can ever exist as a power. One of the few times Jesus did speak, was to explain this to Pilate by saying, “The only power you have over me has been given you by our Father in His Kingdom. There is no other power but His.”

“Are you the King of the Jews?” asked Pilate.

“My Kingdom is not of this world. It is spiritual, and its members never fight for it or over it. It rests only on Love. As for myself, I witness only to the Truth.”

“Truth?” asked Pilate mockingly, “What is Truth?”

Although, after two personal interviews, Pilate could find no evidence to support any of the Sanhedrin’s charges against Jesus he caved in to their pressure, condemned Jesus to death by Roman crucifixion, then literally washed his hands of the whole charade. Throughout the various trials Jesus had given the Roman and Jewish worlds a superb example of non-violent defenselessness because he Loved them all equally, just as his Father did.

 

 

THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS

 

By mid-morning, after being beaten, Jesus was nailed to his cross with a thief on either side. He knew his body had to die a human death in order to substantiate he was as mortal in body as any other human being. If he performed a last-minute miracle such as stepping down from the cross, future humans would assert he was a unique and only Son of God which would cause them to miss the whole point of the exercise. It was not the physical death or six hours of hanging on the cross that were important, for these were commonplace experiences in Roman times. What was important was the superb demonstration of pure defenseless Love which all human Sons of God would have to become, and BE, in order to re-establish the Kingdom of God. Jesus Loved every one of his "enemies." Of course the followers of Jesus would never need to be crucified, or even slightly hurt to practice defenseless Love. Pain and suffering are always of the ego, not of God.

“Be you perfectly Loving even as your Father Loves you perfectly,” he had repeated over and over in his teachings. Love, by definition, cannot fight, struggle or resist, for that is the domain of the fearful ego. Only those who are truly ignorant of their Father’s Love are able to fear or fight. Fear and Love are totally incompatible.

Jesus underlined this while on the cross by saying, “I, Jesus, forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” Jesus knew that True Goodness could only come from a conscious Knowledge of the Kingdom of God as a Loving Whole, and that all ego-states of so-called “sin” and “evil” were the result of being “unconsciously” ignorant of that Kingdom of Loving Oneness. How could God or Jesus condemn anyone who simply did not know what they were doing? That would be like punishing a little child for not knowing who God is. Anyway, Jesus as an eternal Mind in the Mind of God (as we all are) never did die! The only aspect that "died" was a temporary physical shell or form that could be re-manifested at any time—as Jesus was shortly to prove.

Jesus never said or implied that God had forsaken him. Nor did Jesus suffer any pain because he had the power to experience Love and Bliss even on the cross. After all, he was and still is, the living Christ.

Right before His body died Jesus asked John, the Loving disciple, to care for his mother Mary.

After saying the words, “Father, my work in the flesh is completed; into Your hands I commend my Spiritual Mind-Self,” the Living Jesus left his body and ascended to the One Mind of God in Whom all Minds dwell. This was the real resurrection. NO ONE HAD REALLY DIED. His work in the flesh was completed, but his physical work on Earth was not quite finished.

 

THE EVENTS SURROUNDING THE PHYSICAL "RESURRECTION"

 

Joseph of Arimathea quickly obtained permission from Pontius Pilate to place Jesus’ body in a new tomb in his own garden. The Sabbath began after sundown and so a very hasty superficial embalming and entombment of the remains was necessary. Finally the great entrance stone was rolled into place and a joint force of Jewish guards and Roman soldiers stood watch to ensure the seal was not disturbed. None of the authorities wanted the corpse stolen because then the disciples could claim Jesus had been "resurrected" on the third day as he had promised.

Jesus, who knew that all matter was a manifestation of, and by, Mind-as-such, promptly dissolved the body in the tomb in a flash of Light. Pure Mind-as-such embraces all "levels" of existence—even the physical. For someone who could materialize fish, transmute water into wine, suspend gravity, and dematerialize cancers, the disintegration of flesh and bones by means of Light was no big deal. For effect, Jesus left the embalming wraps and covering shroud on the rock shelf where his body had lain because anyone stealing the body in a hurry would have taken the lot; the only viable explanation of the wrappings and shroud being left in the tomb would be his resurrection.

From a purely spiritual point of view Jesus knew the disappearance, that is, the “resurrection,” of the body was completely unnecessary. It was merely dust to dust. Jesus also knew, only too well, that ego-ridden humans, unfortunately, (as in the case of Lazarus, too) primarily believed in physical bodies and identified with them. Consequently they would not accept “a resurrection” unless the body itself vanished without physical intervention or cause. Weeks later he would show the disciples a Real spiritual resurrection (his final "ascension") but, for now, his bodily disappearance was an essential part of the passion play.

Very early on Sunday morning Mary Magdalene and two other women, Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, went to the tomb. As they approached the sepulcher a sharp earth tremor rolled away the stone. The guards and soldiers were terrified, but when they and the women examined the vault they were all amazed to see the body of Jesus had disappeared and only the wraps remained. Some of the guards and soldiers ran off to inform the Sanhedrin and Pilate.

Joanna and Mary, the mother of James, went off to tell the disciples while Mary Magdalene wandered about the garden, waiting. Presently she saw a fully-dressed gardener and thought to ask him if he knew where the body of Jesus had gone. She did not realize she was looking at a "real" physical facsimile of it!

“Greetings, Mary. Do you not recognize me?” a smiling Jesus asked her.

“Master, is it really you?” and then registering that it actually was Jesus, she went to embrace him.

“No, Mary, do not touch me because this "resurrected" body is not quite as solid, as physical, as the one which just died. When the disciples arrive please tell them you have seen me, that I have risen, and that I will visit them in the upper room this evening. Peace be with you.” Mary was gazing at Jesus in awe as he disappeared, right in front of her eyes.

She was still standing there in amazement when, minutes later, some of the disciples ran up the path. Mary, still dazed, recounted to them all she had seen and heard. Thomas and some others flatly disbelieved her, asserting she was hallucinating. Peter and John were dubious, but hopeful it was true that Jesus had "resurrected" himself.

 

JESUS APPEARS TO THE DISCIPLES IN THE FLESH

 

It was still Sunday, April 7th when, early in the evening, the disciples, including the women, packed the upper room to await the arrival of Jesus. The street door of the house was barred and the upstairs door locked because they still feared imminent arrest by the Temple guards. Besides, Jesus would knock and the householder posted downstairs would let him in and escort him up to the room.

They had reckoned without Jesus’ powers. He simply manifested his “body” in the middle of the room, this time in more solid form. To quell their alarm he twice said, “Peace be with you.” Then he added, “Yes, it is I, Jesus, who am with you—now and for always.”

Thomas thought that it might be some magic trick and that an impostor, a sorcerer, had appeared among them. “If you are really Jesus let me see the nail holes in your wrists and feet, and feel the spear-wound in your side.” Jesus held out his wrists and stripped to his loin-cloth so that all could touch his unhealed side and examine his feet.

“I am not a ghost, Thomas. If you still doubt, give me something to eat,” and so Mary Magdalene gave him some of the grilled fish they had been eating.

“I have come here to prove to you,” Jesus explained, “there is Life after physical death and that everyone who believes in the Kingdom and awakens to it will experience eternal Life with the Father. Go forth, and teach my message of complete Loving forgiveness to all who will listen so that, eventually, everyone will return to our Father’s Fold. The first thing I want you to do is to journey to Galilee where the work will start, and where, by the lake at Tiberias, I will appear to you to speak with you again.” After blessing them Jesus dematerialized in a brief glow of lingering Light.

 

JESUS' FINAL INSTRUCTIONS AND FINAL ASCENSION

 Appearing to them later that same month in Galilee by the water, Jesus instructed them further, asking them to, “Feed spiritual nourishment to all my sheep. Follow all the teachings I have given you in the last three years, especially the message of Loving one another because it is pure, spiritual Love which will reunite everyone eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Reality, the Kingdom within the Spiritual Mind of God, our Father—Whose Kingdom is within YOU.”

Then Jesus took them to the top of the highest hill behind Tiberius where, purposely, he disappeared in a gigantic, dazzling, flash of Light to rejoin the Father in full Consciousness—the Father of All who have Being (every last one of us humans), by his Grace, within His Loving Oneness. 

But, of course, Jesus never left us. He kept his promise immediately and has always been fully available to be with, and converse with, anyone who truly wishes to discuss anything with him -- that is anyone who truly knows Jesus always keeps his word.

  

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[For much more information about Jesus in A Course in Miracles, and what Jesus has to say about himself, his life on Earth, and his current Raj/Jesus conversations, see: N05, P01-P28, Q2E (Glenda Green)]

 

Loving Oneness Now -- Copyright © 1998, 2007 Alexander Bannatyne, PhD

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