JERUSALEM, APRIL 6, AD 30
BULLETIN: Several experts are evaluating the import of Jesus’ statements as reports of his activities are received. Of all the things Jesus said this evening, his announcement of a new teacher, “the Spirit of Truth,” was the most remarkable.
One observer commented: “As near as I can understand it, this new teacher will be a spirit presence in every honest heart; a living, growing, expanding, unfolding and adaptive truth. In my judgment, Jesus is also making a point that you can live the truth, you can enjoy the growth of truth in the mind, but you cannot imprison it in a set of codes or creeds.”
Another expert stated: “Even the golden rule, ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,’ becomes nothing more than a rule of ethical conduct, without the insight of the Spirit of Truth. For example, when taken literally, a person might always desire frankness, but at times his friends may find it harsh and unloving. From a spiritual point of view, I believe the rule means we should relate ourselves to others so that they will receive the highest possible good from our contact with them. This is the essence of true religion: that you love your neighbor as yourself. The Spirit of Truth helps make the Master’s teachings operative and practical in the real world.”
A third expert agreed: “Even love and unselfishness must undergo a constant adjustment, and this can only be done by some kind of vital, living spiritual insight. Old ideas gave codes for self-sacrifice, Jesus teaches only self-forgetfulness, self-realization through sincere loving service. The old was motivated by fear, the new by a spirit of truth-conviction in a friendly universe. No creed can replace the spontaneous joy and sublime peace that characterizes Jesus. How then, does the Master achieve this extraordinary peace?
“It appears that the peace of Jesus is the peace and assurance of a son who fully believes that his career for time and eternity is safely and wholly in the care and keeping of an all-wise, all-loving, and all-powerful spirit Father. And this is, indeed, a peace which passes the understanding of mortal mind, but which can be enjoyed to the full by the believing human heart.”
(Extract from Chronicle of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth.
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