By MN Kundu
Crucifixion of the corporeal frame of Jesus Christ on a Friday afternoon in 30 AD and his consequential resurrection in spirit on the following Sunday illustrate a well-designed departure from fragile and ever-changing mortal consciousness to immutable and eternal spiritual consciousness in the kingdom of heaven, through an extremely painful earthly process of spiritual renaissance of humanity.
Jesus was aware of the impending happenings as per divine design. During last supper, he made the prophetic proclamation, “Verily verily, I say unto you that one of you shall betray me.” Yet, in spite of possessing incredible power of committing miracles he did nothing to save himself from excruciating crucifixion. Rather he said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” With absolute surrender to the will of the Almighty, he was ready for the future with a calm resolution, “Let thy will be done.” Attachment to externals causing resistance and grievance is the pastime of illusory ego, whereas such non-attachment, non-resistance and divine surrender emanate from the inner peace of enlightenment.
It is said that Jesus bled to wash our sins away and he suffered due to the original sin of mankind. Deeper significance of this lies in the contextual meaning of the word ‘sin’. In the original ‘New Testament’ written in ancient Greek ‘sin’ meant ‘missing the mark’. Remaining engrossed in material consciousness, missing the mark of spiritual essence is a sin from which Jesus wanted to redeem us as saviour of mankind.
Good Friday remains ever memorable as the day of supreme sacrifice of Jesus and his amazing prayer on cross for his killers, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This bears profound spiritual significance giving lessons on forgiveness, loving concern for erring humanity and shifting of consciousness to righteousness even amid extreme adversity. He resurrected himself to show the supremacy of Spirit over nature and gave us a great lesson that each one of us will have to bear our own cross in the physical plane with spiritual wisdom and surrender to see the fire of suffering as light of consciousness.
He taught that God is Spirit and we must seek Him in truth and in spirit within. The apparent reality is meant for realisation of the spirit within. Unless we renounce pleasing apparent for the sake of everlasting real, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus taught us neither to live in bygone past nor in futile future, not even in so called present, associated with ever fleeting perceptions, possessions or pursuits, but to live in eternity beyond fluctuations of delusive reality, in esoteric plane of timeless eternity. That can be executed only by washing away the sin of missing the spiritual mark of life to awaken in a new birth in spirit in the kingdom of heaven.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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