Episode 62 – Jesus Christ!

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Jesus of Nazareth probably influenced western civilization more than any other person. Not a warrior, king, scientist or political leader, his imprint upon billions of individuals, and across multiple cultures and nations is vast, deep and profound. His teachings are firmly imprinted in our society whether we adhere to them or not. In this episode we share our understanding and experience – both past and present – of the man and spirit of Jesus.

NOTES:

Jesus of Nazareth

His followers included fishermen, women, tax collectors, members of the Sanhedrin, the outcast, diseased, and downtrodden

Communal living

Taught in parables

His closest followers barely understood him

Controversial, charismatic and intriguing

Held strong views about the role of the Temple

Jesus’s teachings:

Love

“Love one another.” John 13:34

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Matthew 5:43-46

Forgiveness

The prodigal son

Forgiveness is an ongoing process (seventy times seven)

Forgiving others relieves your burden

Clean your own house

Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone.” John 8:7

“Do not judge so you won’t be judged.” Matthew 7:1

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:5

Spiritual Power

“You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14

“You are gods.” John 10:34

“Do you want to be healed?” John 5:1

“He who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.” John 14:12

Kingdom of God

“The Kingdom of God is at hand.” Mark 1:15

“The Kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21

Dialogue Questions

Briefly, what is your childhood teaching about Jesus? How has that grown or what have you done with that? 

Who is the person and/or spirit of Jesus to you today? What is your current belief?

What is his most influential teaching for you personally?

How does this influence (or not influence) your life today?

What do you think the world would be like today had he not lived?

Closing Thought

In prayer, I affirm Divine Order in every area of my life. I attune my awareness to the Christ — the image of God that lives at the center of my being. In Christ awareness, my mind is one with Divine Mind. Every expression of my mind, heart, and hands is under Divine Direction. Abiding in Christ consciousness, I Am the Light of the world!

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