I don't want to RAISE the roof here, regading a type of spiritual controversy, or maybe I do.. (shrugs)
But here's the thing, see: Jesus was a Jew. His "frame" of reference, was that of a Jew, even a Jewish Rabbi, in whom no one found fault, who died,
relative to the sin and sorrow and sufferings of the world, not to condemn, but so that through him, the world might be saved. But there's more! (but
wait, there's more). Jesus, from within his own frame, as a Jewish person, taught about, and then stood his ground within his own frame of reference,
which did not lose it's integrity ie: he neither ran, nor fought back (in the traditional sense) and this frame of reference was simply that of the
highest law and the teachings of the prophets of the Torah - love God above all, and neighbor, as self.
I suspect that he had access to the Eastern traditions, given his subtle reframe regarding issues of love of neighbor as self (see Parable of the Good
Samaritan), but for all I know, the Torah was sufficient for him to gain access to the whole depth and breadth of spiritual life and spiritual
tradition, and understanding.
Love, in the face of suffering, willing to carry the suffering and sorrows of the error of humanity, upright, just, merciful. Strange...
What is strange is the apparent, no make that obvious, hijacking of Jesus by modern Christendom, for an exclusive agenda, on the one hand, and on the
other, his rejection by the Jews, his own people, for what he was, for who he was, and what he stood for, and died for, seemingly at any and all cost
- will to go the whole distance, for the one lost sheep.
He was crucified between the cross of two thieves, according to the story. Could it not be said then, that to the degree to which he was
misunderstood, that he remains in that same precarious predicament today, God forbid! Of course, we as Christians understand, that the timeless,
ageless, and spaceless spirit of God is unchanging, and that therefore in his triumph, Jesus is still alive (in form or another, even AS the spirit fo
the eternal Godhead or integrated into it's apex), and thus, there is no concern in that regard - the only question remaining, perhaps, the extent to
which all or most people, are mistaken about this matter of Jesus and his cross, as an expression of the law, and the prophets.
The tree of life itself, misinderstood, rejected, and walked away from, in pursuit of the knowledge, of the tree of the duality of good and evil (man
standing in judgement, instead of God who is a God of love, where the heart of the law is mercy, not sacrifice)...abandoned as of no value, or no
worth, when all the while it's true meaning and significance remains, undone in eternity, just waiting for understanding, for grokking, or eating and
drinking of most fully, in konionia, or intimate mutual active creative joyful participation, so that the spirit of the living God might consumate in
a co-mingling, with the spirit of man, open and available to one and all, as an invitation, for still further intimate participation and mutual
It has been said that the greatest challenge posed by Christ, to the human being, to the lowly sinner, where all have fallen short of the glory of
God, whether purely by the law and ritual, if a Jew, or having nothing but ignorance, as a Gentile - is that of being, by its very nature, a gift of
incaculable value, for which we did nothing to either earn or deserve, and therefore cannot access by either our own works, or our own righteousness,
lest we have something to brag about, and then fall in the cracks of our flaws and our shortcomings - processed if you will, as a work in progress
until perfected. We cannot handle, even that much, because we understand, once given full consideration, and fully investigated free from any sort of
contempt, prior to investigation, that we shall be troubled, and then even astonished, as the sheer magnitude of our own ignorance, and our own
stupidity, for failing to recognize and understand something both so complex on the one hand, and yet so simple, on another.
Someone once said "I'll give my right arm, for the simplicity, on the far side of complexity", but he was lying. He isn't even will to give it his
due process of consideration, let alone sacrificing a part of his very body and life!
And so the Great Work remains, the tree of the duality of good and evil, uprooted, and replaced with the tree of eternal life.
Guarded by the Christian "church" (which was supposed to mean, to call out from, as if from a frame of reference or a perspective, POV, paradigm
whatever), and rejected everywhere else.
But for he who REALLY believes, who groks it, and understands it, he then cannot HELP but be moved by it, and to begin, however fast or slowly, to be
enveloped in it, and therefore eventually dissolved, not unlike an alchemical reaction, in it's crucible of love, eventually coming to integrate
it's true meaning and significance, and recogizing in his own innermost being, the very best part of his own true self, now a pearl in formation in
the heavenly gate to the City of God.
I feel like singing Amazing Grace! Seriously.
How is this possible? What a marvel, incredulous, but credible, far out, and seemingly available to ridicule, and yet, in and of itself, impervious to
criticism, without error.
It still poses the same challenge, today, that it did then - to BOTH Jew AND Gentile alike, as well as Muslim, who alone seems to accept Jesus, if
only as a self realized or self actualized human being or prophet of some kind but nevertheless "in the family" at the very least, although neither
does he understand, given what Jesus said, and ultimately, did, the Great Work he performed there on Golgotha.
Having become a bit of a Christian mystic or philosophically and scientifically minded theologian of sorts - even though I was once completely and
utterly ignorant (Amazing Grace comes back on..) um, I just simply cannot fathom, the degree of misunderstanding, and outrage mockery and OUTRAGE, in
relation to this issue, this ransom, this immaculate love, and infinitely generous bhakti (devoted love in mutuality or communion) of the ultimate
FRAME of reference, rendered for the sake of the highest expression of the law and the prophets, and therefore within the context, of Judaism, even
mystic or Orthodox Judaism (Essenes).
"I have only one commandment: Love, as I have loved you."
It's the same thing, the same expression, of East and West, of Islam and Judaism. Jesus Christ is himself, in his spirit of love, and eternal life,
the very bridge over or the keystone in the royal arch under which, humanity will some day pass through, into everlasting freedom, joy, mutuality, and
I'll go first, really I don't mind.
And I point to him, and am simply called through his love to try to serve, as I am served, love as I am loved, forgive as I am forgiven, sent, as he
"As my father sent me, even so send I you."
Absolute simplicity, in the midst of the absolute uncertainty of existence, that's what it is and signifies for me, although I am only just beginning
to ah "steep" with it (to use a tea analogy) - the very alpha and omega of existence, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
You are fully loved and fully accepted.
Hugs, my brothers and sisters, in the very name and person and spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.