Friday, April 06, 2007

What was it like to be Jesus?

Have you ever wondered what life was like for Jesus? What did he actually see or experience as he walked through the world? When he woke up, what did he perceive? When he rested at the end of the day, what occupied his thoughts?

Check out these passages, which to me give a glimmer of insight into Jesus’ world:

With Christ, Life was not merely a sense of existence, but a sense of might and ability to subdue material conditions. No wonder "people were astonished at his doctrine; for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." --Unity of Good

When speaking of God's children, not the children of men, Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is within you;" that is, Truth and Love reign in the real man, showing that man in God's image is unfallen and eternal. Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God's own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. --Science and Health

Imagine you’re Jesus. You’re endowed with the Christ without measure. You have a constant conduit of communion with the Divine, and even in the day-to-day moments you never feel cut off.

You see someone standing before you, but instead of seeing a physical being, you see what no one else is seeing. You see the kingdom of God right within them. You see the perfect reflection of the Divine. You see life, not as mere existence or a series of physical obstacles to overcome, but as Life, as spiritual dominion over all materiality. This is literal to you, not theoretical or imaginary. It is what you’re perceiving every moment.

Astonishing things start coming out of your mouth. You’re not talking about some future time or place—you are reporting what you are actually seeing now. “The kingdom of God is within you.” What? the people say, because they don’t see it. But you do.

As you walk through that tiny desert land in an obscure corner of the world, it doesn’t matter where you are or who you’re talking to. You are sharing Truth, reality, and it will spread because it’s that powerful. You give the vision freely, realizing that very few will understand it at the get-go but all have it within them so it’s inevitable that it will overcome all materiality eventually.

The one episode in your life when you feel cut off, when mortality takes its revenge on its destroyer, is when you see that in order to make your point more fully, you need to show in a startling and explicit way that Life is eternal. So you step into the mortal coil, allowing yourself for a time to experience what everyone else is experiencing—the suffering and agony and death of feeling trapped in these human shells. The agony is overwhelming, but temporary. You rise again.

You rise again. Again you tell what you see every moment—“Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” You leave us bodily, yet Christ has never left.

That Christ consciousness is possible for each of us. We, too, can walk through the world seeing and feeling as Jesus did. He gave us that gift, and it’s ours whenever we want it. Enjoy that new view. Your Savior showed you right where it is—within you.

Happy Easter.

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At 4/06/2007 08:14:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Laura,
That is so inspiring, and just the message I needed today as I have realized that I have been like the man at Bethesda thinking I could not move because I had no "man", no human helper, no human circumstance to get me out of this stuck place.
Thank you so much.

At 4/06/2007 08:32:00 AM, Anonymous chris said...

this is very powerful, laura. thanks.

At 4/06/2007 11:51:00 AM, Blogger Kate said...

thanks Laura...

I love that he says,when betrayed, "for this cause came I..." I long to feel that kind of full on surrender to the greater good...every day is an opportunity to "rise" to the challenge...

I think it's remarkable that when he says "And I, if I be lifted up from earth, will draw all men night unto me"...he isn't talking about climbing a mountain or standing at a podium or on a pedestal, but is speaking about the cross!

This is a guy I can relate to...not as easy to follow...but I know we are all step by baby step...until something comes from behind and gives us a good hard push...

have a great weekend you, K

At 4/06/2007 12:13:00 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Love this post! And I, too, love to figure out just what was Jesus thinking at various points in his life. It is humbling to realize that we can "let this mind be in us which was also in Christ Jesus"

Happy Easter!


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