In the last post I suggested that something unique was happening in world history when the Nazarene prophet was brutally executed or ‘got rid of’ by the religio-political powers of his day. Many of his followers interpret this death to be a payment for ‘sin’ that suddenly makes everything ‘right’ with our Source Divinity, somehow allowing Spirit to commune with us once again.
I believe that Yeshua himself demonstrated the fallacy of such a limiting view during time spent with those deemed ‘sinners’ by the ‘righteous’ of his day. Surely the nature of the Divine Father never changes even when we judge ourselves to be unworthy of his unconditional Love. Ego is the condemnatory judge waiting for an Atonement that makes sure never comes.
Divine Love’s Atonement or Union began outside the restrictions of linearly perceived space-time and is such, an ‘always’ fact. The Divine heart does not switch its acceptance of its created children off and on like some transcendent light switch. No, whatever was happening in that far out distant and largely insignificant outpost of the great Roman Empire was much more earth shattering; a barbaric demonstration of the innocence of God and his refusal to join the scapegoating power games played by His dysfunctional children.
For perhaps the first time in human history the Roman gibbet acted as stage for the Divine revelatory drama. Shockingly there was and is no gulf between God and man from the Divine perspective. Guilt and blame are the ego’s tools to keep the illusory separation alive. The Nazarene, with his talk of a welcoming Father and a new Kingdom/Queendom had to be silenced by the powers that be. Bad for religion, bad for politics, and bad for their monopoly of human culture, the Galilean’s radical message had to be gagged and no better way to do it than the efficient Roman way.
So wasn’t Yeshua just another deluded and utopian religious leader who had thoughts way above his station as a travelling holy man? Hadn’t the enforcers of human society well and truly demonstrated that the sacrifice of the scapegoat was always the tragic final word. Isn’t mankind trapped in the prison of mimetic desire with no Kingdom/Queendom of God providing an alternative. A melancholic ending for a righteous man? I believe not.
Bizarrely, the close followers of the Nazarene claimed that he’d been seen alive, albeit in a ‘different’ and only slightly recognisable bodily form, a form that walked through wooden doors and teleported itself at will. Not a spirit as in previous manifestations of the dead, called up from the depths of Hades but in some rearranged form that appeared physical without the normal restrictions.
Many many books have been written by those on both side of the religious fence regarding this mysterious claim of resurrection. I don’t want to go into all the tennis like arguments regarding the claims of the early Yeshua movement and the reason for their belief that Yeshua was back, at least temporarily. Instead, I want to view their claim as a Divine validation. If, as Yeshua had always claimed, Divine Source is the god of the scapegoats then what better way to demonstrate the fact than by raising the victim beyond all victims from the jaws of decay and death.
The Greek for ‘raised from the dead’ suggests a rousing or awakening of the psyche/soul from Hades, the place of the dead. United with the reconstituted body and the living essence or spirit of the Galilean what better way to demonstrate that he’d been right all along. The return of Yeshua was the totally unexpected Divine stamp of approval on the One who’d claimed union with Divine Source, the One who claimed to speak only what he heard the Father speak.
In the long line of spiritual teachers, both within and outside Judaism, the Divinity hadn’t intervened in their passing from this vale of tears. Yet suddenly, catching both the Nazarene’s followers and the authorities totally unawares, the One with the creative power of life burst the murdered Lamb victim back onto the metaphysical stage. An earth shattering statement that revealed the authentic nature of Divine Love for all time.
So why did sacrificial religion and its inherent violence make such a comeback following such a Divinely orchestrated game-changer?
More on that in future posts.