I, personally, recognize that the "stories" of Jesus have been remarkably distorted and mis-used, having been written, translated and re-written by many who were not even present when he walked the earth. I love the basis of his message, and I think it's a most wonderful story! For those who were brought up in the "Christian" tradition and exposed to the story of Jesus, Easter can be a glorious time to celebrate the messages that the one called "Jesus" brought to us!
First and foremost, for me, Easter has always been a time of joyously embracing the idea of "eternal life"...that, indeed, there is no such thing as death! Everything I've read about his life, indicates that this one called Jesus came to know the Truth of who he really was...an extension of the Powerful Pure Positive Energy of Source who had come forth to have a physical human experience. In his language, we were all "children of God". As he walked this earth, he brought himself into complete Oneness with Source energy and began to teach from that place of alignment. He knew and demonstrated that the death experience was simply a matter of transitioning back into the Pure Positive Source Energy from which he had emerged.
I always think of the great Master Jesus as bringing to earth the concept of a Loving, Forgiving God of which we are all a part...another way of saying that we are extensions of Source-level, Pure Positive Energy! He brought this ideas of kindness and compassion to a world where humans were throwing people to lions and watching them get eaten...a world in which humans believed in a God that was separate from them...a God who was judgmental and punitive...and to be feared!
And of course, to go along with the idea of a God of Love, Jesus was reported to speak "judge not, lest ye be judged." Clearly, he understood the Universal Law of Attraction. We reap what we sow.
He was asking us to look at life and others through the eyes of Love...through the perspective of Source. He was asking us to love, no matter the conditions!
He knew and taught the creative power of thought and belief! He was one of the first "Power of Positive Thinking" beings. When seemingly miraculous healings occurred, Jesus always declared that it was the person's faith in the Power Within him (God) that healed them...not him.
Jesus looked at others through the eyes of Source...he did not choose to focus on their sickness but instead, viewed them as whole and healed and in alignment with their Source. Jesus allowed himself to become a channel, a vessel for the Power of Well-Being to flow through him...and in those moments, his vibrational frequency was so high and so powerful that it was able to influence those around him!
Jesus also reminded us that we all were created in Love, bound together by our shared Source of Pure Love, Pure Joy, Infinite Power and Intelligence...we all come from the same, will return to the same and are never, ever separated or apart from our Creator... "I am in you, you are in me, and we are One in the Father." He did not hold himself separate from the rest of us...he simply had figured it out...he knew who he was...he knew who we were...and he did his best to stay in alignment with who he really was, speaking and acting from that place!
Despite what everyone else wanted to think and proclaim, he re-iterated over and over again that we, too, were all "children of God". He was not the only son of God. We are each a wondrous "idea of God"!
He aligned with Source-level energy and performed what we called "miracles", but he pointed out that, since we were also "creators", we had the same powerful abilities and capacities, and that we would go on, in time, to create even greater things than he!
Jesus truly was an uplifter, a visionary and came here to inspire and empower others!!! He came to remind us of what we had forgotten!
The one called Jesus also was a master teacher of worthiness! As seen through the eyes of our Source, we are assured that we are so very loved, adored, and recognized!
Consider "The Beatitudes":
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Gospel of St. Matthew
The one who was called Jesus knew the power of the Universal Law of Attraction:
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Over 2,000 years ago, we were being guided towards the power of our thoughts, our prayers, and assured that when in alignment with who we really are, we can be, or do, or have anything!
The one who was called Jesus also reminded us of how we started out and challenged us to return to our original state of being...wide-open, loving, trusting, innocent, fearless, joyful, powerful, creative, imaginative, eager, free, non-judgmental, and filled with faith in the goodness and support of this life:
"Most certainly I tell you, unless you turn, and become as little children, you will in no way enter into the Kingdom of Heaven." (World English Bible)
As children, we knew how to focus on those things that pleased us. As children, we simply turned our attention away from what we didn't like. As children, we spent a great deal of our time imagining and dreaming about wonderful things to come. As children, we were timeless, living in the present moment, delightfully fearless and unconcerned about the future. As children, we loved unconditionally.! As children, we remembered our Source and who we really were!
Now, as far as the crucifixtion is concerned, I like to believe that Jesus got a little out-of-whack, and hence, momentarily out of alignment. I like to believe that since he was here in a physical body, just like the rest of us, he was subject to the same influences we all are...and that somewhere along his journey he decided to push against the earthly powers that be. I even like to believe that perhaps, he planned to have such a dramatic transitional experience because he intended to demonstrate our capacity to forgive and our eternal nature!
What I choose to remember about the story of his crucifixtion are his final words, which indicate so very powerfully that in the moments right before his physical death...he mostly remembered who he really was...he mostly came back into alignment with his Source (Inner Being)...and blessed us all by saying, "Father, forgive them...for they know not what they do." Had he been in total and complete alignment, he would have known that there is no reason to ask God's forgiveness...ever! "Forgiveness" is an idea made up by humans because we are the ones who hold grudges, judge and condemn.
The crucifixtion set the stage so beautifully for his next performance! After transitioning back into the Pure Positive Energy that we all come from and are, he chose to quickly come forth, one more time, albeit briefly, and give us his own proof of the existence of eternal life! Word on the street was that he showed up after his transition into the Nonphysical, once again in a physical body, all healed and whole except for a few scars so that the "doubting Thomases" of the world could see the evidence that it was, indeed, him! He hosted a wonderful celebratory dinner party ("Last Supper") with his devotees and then re-emerged back into the Non-physical Realm. Fabulous story, don't you think?
So, on Easter, I always take a moment to let the one that was called Jesus know how much I appreciate that he walked this earth and brought such a powerful and empowering message to humanity! And I take time to go on a rampage of appreciation for all those who have walked the earth since and are present right here and now...those who continue to share the divinely-inspired message that each one of us is a magnificent vibrational part of Source energy, who has individually chosen to don a physical body and come to this time/space reality for the purpose of deliberately creating a joyful, expansive, powerful experience that affects and expands all of Creation! I thank all those spiritual teachers and guides who continue to remind us of who we really are! And I thank all those who demonstrate the abundance and well-being that is available to each and every one of us!
And I smile as I walk through the woods on this Easter Day, when everything still looks pretty much dead, except for the tiny delicate indicators that Mother Earth is about to explode, blossom, bloom again into breath-taking beauty and life-giving abundance! I so appreciate how Nature shows us the impossibility of death and endedness as everything recycles, rebirths, renews, transforms and springs forth again! I honor, with such deep and wordless gratitude in my heart, Nature's demonstration of the resurrection each and every Springtime!