BEYOND OUR IDEAS TO GOD'S TRUTH
Someone perceived that we can be 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 the clichés emitting from our mouths like a stream of debris.
The way to new life is to die to self. If this is ‘a work’ it fastens us more on self. When it is a rest it is done in Jesus Christ. The coolness of this is that we rise again with Him TO HIS LIFE IN US.
TOWARDS THE REAL YOU
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 in Christ.
Your false self is what you attempt to make of your being in the world and in religion.
Your Easter Life, is the resurrection of you in the person of Jesus.
Your resurrected life is your non Adamic/Mosaic/Religious life.
Jesus is your rest from human restlessness.
You can have a Sabbath Day one day a week. You can have a Sabbath life in Christ.
Cynthia Bourgeault writes,
“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.
LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH
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.”
Love is Christ for us. Christ instead of us. Christ as us. Love is Christ our life. Love is Christ’s accomplished work of drawing us into the communion of the triune God. The proposition that there is life in the law – that law is our life is the saddest non-gospel of history.