ESATER-What a glorious day—so most of us have been taught to think and believe. So, what’s so glorious about Easter? If someone ask you to explain the significance of Easter, what would you tell them?—would you have a definitive answer? I truly would like to hear a few of those answers.
I can hear the ‘thundering multitude’ responding in resounding unison even as I type—‘Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead’. And I say, ‘so what, what does that mean?. What does that have to do with anything?’ Have you ever asked yourself that question?—what did Jesus’ resurrection mean to you? Oh you probably have been told by your preachers and/or bible school teachers that Jesus’ resurrection carried ‘great significance’—but can you explain the significance? I can’t. The point is, in physical terms,Jesus’ so-called resurrection is a myth, and here is why.
The Jews were so imbued with the idea that when the long-awaited Messiah finally would appear he would immediately restore an earthly paradise just for them. When Jesus finally appeared after hundreds of years of long-suffered waiting, the selfish Jews were impatient—-they wanted paradise ‘now’. Jesus, however , perceived a giant load of work to be done—the Jews thought process had to be changed dramatically. They had learned a philosophy of a punitive God who could love them one minute and viciously turn on them the very next second—such was the schizophrenic nature of their ‘one true God’.
When Jesus began speaking and teaching of an ‘all loving God’, the Jews mind-set just was not ready nor capable of accepting such a philosophy. Jesus was quite aware of their attitude—he recognized that his task was severe, but he accepted the challenge. Knowing full well that his message would not be well accepted by the Jewish hierarchy, Jesus stayed in the shadows trying desperately to educate his apostles and followers to his ‘new commandments of love’—God and neighbor. It seems very doubtful that he ever succeeded—-We’ll never know.
After three plus years, Jesus could see plainly that he was getting ‘nowhere’ (so it seems from the writings we have); he grew impatient; he knew the task at hand. So, he marches off to the seat of corruption and evil, Jerusalem. He had come to the stark realization that he was the messiah, ‘the chosen one’, the Christ who was to die for the amelioration of all the evil in the universe. Parenthetically, I might add Jesus name was Jesus, the Christ; not Jesus Christ—there’s a momentous difference in both meaning and understanding.
He was steadfast and firm in his conviction—his glib followers were seemingly like half-witted nitwits. They didn’t have a clue—at least that’s what the ‘book’ we have says—who really knows? When Jesus deliberately confronted the Jewish hierarchy with their cunning and chicanery and open-faced thievery in the name of God, it was more than they could take—he had to go. Of course, that was the ‘Devine plan’ all along. Jesus just used the cunning Jews as an instrument of execution.
So, they killed him—they hung him ignominiously on a tree for all the world to see—see what happens to traitors!
But what about the ‘Resurrection’?—Jesus had told his followers he ‘first had to die’. In their greed and exclusionary demeanor, they had to have a recreation of Paradise and they had to have it now. They could see plainly that Jesus was dead—-he had to come right back to finish the job. That meant he had to ‘raise from the dead’ and ‘ascend into heaven’—the ‘second coming ‘ was both mandatory and immanent. Therein lies Paul’s injunction to his followers to ‘abandon their usual lifestyles of marriage, family, children, etc.; put on a holy face and prepare for Jesus immanent return—maybe tomorrow’ (paraphrased).
Well, its been roughly two thousand years—Paul has been dead nineteen hundred and fifty years and no second coning yet. Guess what, ‘it ain’t happening’. Its a myth dreamed up by the selfish Jews and perpetuated by every religion I have personally known of; and for why? Power, money, control.
Have you ever felt somebody’s hand in you pocket?—hold on to your pocketbook. Have you ever noticed how each of the 33,000 so-called Christian religions claim forthrightly to be ‘the only correct one’?—I have. Have you ever noticed how a new church with a ‘new slant’ on Jesus and his ‘word’ springs up on literally every street corner annually?—I have. Have you ever wondered why that is? I have—money, power, control.
So, if I ask you the significance of Easter, what would you say?
So once again I call for The World-Wide Communion of Spirituality. Will you accede?