GETHSEMANE, APRIL 6, AD 30
Jesus addressed a number of issues with about fifty of his followers at his camp here this morning. Among the issues in this Thursday address were: The State and the Spirit, Loving Ministry, and The Impending Crisis. A summary of his commentary follows:
The State and the Spirit: Jesus made it clear that the material realms of the earth at times require physical force to maintain law and order. But, although kingdom of heaven believers have a right to maintain order in their ranks, they may not apply physical force.
“The love call of the spiritual kingdom is an effective destroyer of the hate urge of the unbelieving and war-minded,” Jesus said. “But these material-minded sons in darkness will never know of your spiritual light of truth unless you draw very near them with that unselfish social service which is the natural outgrowth of the bearing of the fruits of the spirit in the life experience of each individual believer.”
Jesus urged his followers to live peaceably among men. “Be you always as wise as serpents but as harmless as doves.” Jesus declared that as long as governments exercise the authority of religious dictators there will be trouble for the kingdom. “But,” he said, “the very light which you bear to the world, and even the very manner in which you will suffer and die for this gospel of the kingdom, will, in themselves, eventually enlighten the whole world and result in the gradual divorcement of politics and religion.”
Loving Ministry: Jesus said: “The consciousness of sonship with God should quicken the entire life service of every man, woman, and child who has become the possessor of such a mighty stimulus to all the inherent powers of a human personality.
“Let all mankind benefit from the overflow of your loving spiritual ministry, enlightening intellectual communion, and uplifting social service ... You must not forget the great law of human fairness which I have taught you in positive form: Whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do even so to them.
“This gospel of the kingdom is a living truth ... The revelation I have made to you is a living revelation, and I desire that it shall bear appropriate fruits in each individual and in each generation in accordance with the laws of spiritual growth, increase, and adaptive development. From generation to generation this gospel must show increasing vitality and exhibit greater depth of spiritual power. It must not be permitted to become merely a sacred memory, a mere tradition about me and the times in which we now live.”
The Impending Crisis: “As the Father sent me into this world, so am I about to send you forth to represent me and finish the work I have begun,” Jesus told the believers. “ ... I need no defense by the hand of man; the armies of heaven are even now near at hand; but I am determined to do the will of my Father in heaven, and therefore must we submit to that which is so soon to come upon us ...You should know that in my Father’s universe are many abodes that await the children of light.”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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