And I don't mean merely
Jesus the God, but much more so Jesus the person, including Jesus the friend.
I love his humor, his charm, charisma, humility (as self knowledge and awareness), his repartee, his teaching, philosophy, his character, and his
passion; I love his conflict with the Scribes and Pharisees and with an evil empire which by corrupting the temple was robbing Jesus' people dry
through unjust taxation and the appropriation of land and title, subjugating the average Joe to Roman occupation. I love how Jesus worked with the
downtrodden and optimized them through his teachings and positive influence, even to the degree that their collective faith and passion felled that
same empire (for a time) leaving "not one stone upon another" of the temple itself.
He knew. He never everything (and please don't demean his accomplishment of thought being and action by saying "well of course
he did because
he was God").
I love how he did everything that was required all the way down the line for the sake of God's love and righteousness, without making any compromise,
for holding the line, and taking a stand for what he knew was right.
Some may say, and it's true, that to love him is to keep his commandments, and while I am a work in progress I must admit that i still have a ways to
go in perfecting my walk and character, my thought and action bringing every thought (and resulting deed) into congruent, harmonious alignment with
the will of God as the will to love, the same will which Jesus was obedient to unto the very point of death itself. In other words I still have some
way to go in terms of manifesting the love of Jesus in the world, but falling in love with him is surely a good start..
I think that Jesus wanted us to so get or "grok" him that we would get to increasing move towards being with him where he was, and that he wanted us
to be close, or in intimate, participatory contact, following his lead and working with
and not against him for the realization of the kingdom
of God on earth, made real and true to form where form follows function ie: practical.
I love everything about him, from what can be discerned from a careful and even critical reading of the gospels.
There's a there there in the person of Jesus and anyone who says otherwise hasn't taken the time to make a fresh new inquiry free from any sort of
contemptuous bias, prior to re-investigation.
Sure at one time it was just a bunch of "churchy" talk to me too and I couldn't make head nor tails of it for the life of me it might as well have
been in a foreign language, it just didn't "grok" but then as I grew older having traversed the whole spectrum of inquiry from modern physics to chaos
theory and back again in search of "the truth" about the meaning and purpose of life, eventually I made a return journey and I re-examined it, I
re-examined Jesus, and then for the life of me I could not help but to fall in love, from a whole host of perspectives.
I cracked open the BIble and read it (the Gospels first, then later, Acts and the rest of the NT) through. Ironically, the thing I'd been avoiding for
most of my adult life and teenage years too, can be read, if you're a good and voracious reader like I am and have been in ONE sitting! LOL Heck the
red parts (words of Jesus) contained in the synoptic Gospels, taken together are less than any short story you might read say from a collection of
short stories by Stephen King.
I didn't write it off. I kept an open mind, even a scientific mind.
My Jesus is the person behind the myth and to some degree it was mythologized of that there can be little doubt, but it makes no difference once the
character at the heart of the story has been encountered, and you can't unknown him once you find him there.
Were there miracles. I believe there were. Were every one of them true, not necessarily and they needn't be given what they point to which Jesus was
ALL about. The Gospels were never written to be read as literal historical fact to begin with (that's what the church did with it as an esoteric
representation) but were written as Apocrypha which means to both hide and reveal.
Jesus the person, the man, is infinitely more compelling to me than Jesus the God of modern Conservative Fundamentalist-Literalist Evangelical
And the irony in this regard, is of immense proportion i.e.: that there's a character and a person of Jesus who is infinitely more compelling and
interesting and lovable, than Jesus the God.
Could it be that He wanted us to join him as children of God in the heavenly household or family of God?
That's what I get from him which makes him like my elder brother, and true friend of friends, a Jesus I can love, and in loving have no need to
"worship", but only to enjoy communion with and the koinonia
of an intimate, participatory
co-creative relationship without the possibility of separation from the eternal Godhead aka "heavenly father". Abba! With Jesus we too are given the
power to call God of the most high, Abba, or "papa" in the familiar not the formal sense of the word.
It is in this newfound "self awareness" that the whole Bible is fulfilled because in loving Jesus as we are loved, so too do we love God as God first
loved us in and through Christ (from the beginning) and in so doing get to be there at that moment in time and history when God comes to live
us with we his people and he, our God.
So we end up in the right place, by loving Jesus the person, the character that we find when we but take another look at Jesus with an open mind, and
crack open the Gospels which can be read in one sitting and read them as if for the first time.
Best Regards, and God Bless,
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