reply to post by 3NL1GHT3N3D1
He understood the Christ principal at the heart of messianic Judaism, as an Essenian, and helped create and pave the way for and initiate his cousin
Jesus, so in a way, that's not untrue, but he's what might be called the left arm of God that's willing to self sacrifice for the right arm, where the
triumphant right hand points to the transcendent principal, so he's realizing it within himself, sure, but it doesn't make him the lamb of God. All
had a role to play and like Jesus, John played his to the hilt, or there wouldn't be the framework by which Jesus was able to operate. It was a
prophetic conspiracy between the two of them, but there's no competition there, or exclusion.
John was Jesus' forerunner who initiated and validated Jesus, who himself appears to have made a return from being many years away, since John speaks
of him as one who is arriving onto the scene "behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world".
One baptized in water, the other, the holy spirit.
The two worked together hand in hand, and they both knew in advance that John would be beheaded and Jesus would suffer, and then escape, triumphantly,
so John clearly self-sacrificed for the cause and was the first real martyr, and in that sense, the first to give his life for a plan greater than
himself, assuring his salvation, but never to the exclusion of Jesus, but because of him - allowing "God" to self-sacrifice his left arm which is the
one pointing to self as if to say "I am God".. so it's only fitting therefore that the cross was painted in if that's the case, because he's John the
Baptist, who baptized in water. .
It's another instance of daVinci's grave but playful sense of humor, also seen in The Last Supper.
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