One of the most compelling things about A Course In Miracles is how Jesus is described and characterized. Until I read A Course In Miracles, my understanding of who Jesus was, was narrowly focused on Him as an idol to be worshiped. I was taught that he was the only Son of God, and he suffered for our sins and my adoration was due in return. None of which made sense to me. But for the first time, with gratitude to A Course In Miracles, the sensibility of Jesus’ role and His function feels clear. Below are what I believe He’d like you to know about Him.
Jesus is like an older brother. Love, being unconditional and equal to all, His message was never about inequality. However, His greater knowledge warrants consideration and dutifulness. A Course In Miracles says “An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. He is also entitled to love because he is a brother, and to devotion if he is devoted.” It is Jesus’ devotion to love that entitles Him to ours.
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We are like Jesus in every way but one. In A Course In Miracles He states “There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.” Probably the most inspiring quote from the Course for me because it highlights OUR potential to reach a state of mind like His. Carrying what he does not, judgement, fear, guilt, pain, WE make for an experience that is unlike His. It is simply our belief in separation that makes us different from Him – but we’re all the Son of God (we make up the Sonship).
Jesus was a man who remembered spirit and its knowledge. He was one of the early spiritual aspirants to achieved salvation by recognizing the power of mind and His identity as Spirit (Son of God). He says in A Course In Miracles “I demonstrated both the powerlessness of the body and the power of the mind.” His crucifixion symbolized the impotence of the body and His infinite capacity to forgive demonstrated the minds ability to see beyond the illusions (sins) of the world.
Jesus bridges the distance between us and God. Being the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, who’s function is to mediate between this world and God, he symbolizes our way TO God (realizing that we too are the Son of God). “You stand below me and I stand below God. In the process of “rising up,” I am higher because without me the distance between God and man would be too great for you to encompass. I bridge the distance as an elder brother to you on the one hand, and as a Son of God on the other” says Jesus in A Course In Miracles
Jesus ain’t coming back in form. Jesus (as with the Holy Spirit) is a symbol for something much deeper than what we see in form (physical body). His anticipated return is not about coming back in the bearded, long haired and white drape clothed garment. His return will be embodied in the transformation of our state of mind, devoid of judgement, fear, guilt and pain (Christ consciousness). A Course In Miracles says “The Second Coming of Christ means nothing more than the end of the ego’s rule and the healing of the mind.” The Second Coming marks our joining with Him in truth as a collective Son of God.
Jesus, like many other avatars before us, acts much like the head goose that guides geese in their V formation. What I mean by that is, as geese flap their wings, they create an uplift for the birds that follow. While flying in a V formation, the whole flock adds greater flying range than if any bird were to fly alone. Allegorically, Jesus, having gone before us, makes our journey easier than having to embark on it solo. Subsequently, the application of His teaching creates uplift for us all.