Jesus came to know and then sought to teach the Path to Love. During Holy Week we reflect on Jesus’ journey on the path to love and on how we are invited to do the same.
excerpt from Authentic Freedom Weekly Newsletter
Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
which is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Phil 2: 6-11
Jesus – Man and Example
Jesus was born an ordinary man. Somewhere and somehow through his human experience, Jesus was awakened to the Presence and Action of the Divine within and among him. Though we do not know how he came into this awareness, we can surmise that it came partially (if not wholly) through his Jewish faith. As Jesus grew in his knowledge of God, he grew in knowledge of himself, eventually coming into the knowledge and belief of his original nature in Oneness with God. Jesus called and experienced this state of Oneness intermittently as union, love, peace, and truth. This Oneness is what Jesus taught as “the truth that shall set you free.”
As Jesus grew in his intimate state of Oneness with God, he then sought to teach others the process of coming to know that truth that would give them the same sense of freedom that he had come to know in God. In this, Jesus became both the man and the example. By living his Oneness as Love, Jesus showed others how to live. In living this Love, Jesus awakened others to the truth of Oneness within them, and then showed them how to master that LOVE. The process that Jesus underwent, and then taught others is hiding in plain sight in both canonical and non-canonical scripture and can be found with those who have eyes to see and a heart open to love (and with a little guidance on how to find the truth that is hiding behind the veil of dogma).
Jesus’ formula for the path to love is simple and has been articulated in the scripture passage that says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God..and all the rest shall be given unto you.” As we seek to know God, we come to know ourselves. As we come to know ourselves, we come to know God. The nearer we draw toward God, the more we are confronted by those things within ourselves (fears, false beliefs, unhealed wounds, dysfunctional societal conditioning, ego attachments, etc.) that are not reflective of the unconditional and unbidden love of God which unleashes our love of self. As such, the journey toward God is one of healing, but it is also one of stumbling. In our journey toward God we are challenged by all within us that is not “of love” so that we might transform these non-loving fears, behaviors, perceptions, etc. into the truth of the LOVE that we are as Sons and Daughters of God, becoming more and more perfect in Love every step of the way. Jesus struggled with these fears, as did all those who were guided by his presence and the example he set. During these final days of Lent, we focus our attention on these struggles – within and seemingly outside of Jesus and in the life of those he called his disciples. No one is exempt from the ministrations of “the adversary” for it is in confronting and moving through our fears that we find the liberation that Jesus promised. As he did……so shall we do.
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