Someone perceived an unfortunate truth. In our natural selves we are addicted to our own ideas. We can be quietly smug about what we believe and stick to these beliefs all our lives like a barnacle on a rotting ship’s hull. Or we can be one of those non-stop talkers who talk because they can, oblivious to their boorishness and their attempts to convince themselves of themselves and suffocate alternative views.
The way to new life is to die to self. We do in Jesus but as we do we rise again with Him TO HIS LIFE IN US.
There are some things we must understand if we are to grow from our false self to our real self and become a fountain of living water rather than a channel of information. We are capable of irrigating our domain with spirit and life.
Jesus presented Himself as life and the life of you and the world. Jesus came to distribute life to the full. God’s obsession is not sin. Jesus’ mission is not to promote a moral program – it’s to present Himself as our life. Jesus is fully God. Jesus reveals what God is like. To see Jesus is to see yourself. Your real self is found in the death of your false self. Your false self is what you attempt to make of your being in the world and in religion. Easter is the resurrection of you in the person of Jesus. You possess and Easter Life in Jesus.
“Christianity has tended to view the resurrection as Jesus’s triumph over physical death. But for Christians in the wisdom tradition (who include among their ranks the very earliest witnesses to the resurrection) its meaning lies in something far deeper than merely the resuscitation of a corpse.
Jesus’s real purpose in this sacrifice was to wager his own life against his core conviction that love is stronger than death, and that the laying down of self which is the essence of this love leads not to death, but to life. . . . Thus, the real domain of the Paschal Mystery is not dying but dying-to-self. It serves as the archetype for all of our personal experiences of dying and rising to new life along the pathway of kenotic transformation, reminding us that it is not only possible but imperative to fall through fear into love because that is the only way we will ever truly know what it means to be alive.
Within the context of the resurrection, then, anointing becomes the ritual most closely associated with the passage from death of self to fullness of life, from egoic alienation to “union on a higher plane.” As such, it conveys the very essence of Christianity’s transformative wisdom. And its gatekeeper is Mary Magdalene.”