Two Parties in Jerusalem
- Two invitations are awaiting a response.
One is for a grand lustful celebration of Barabbas' release from
prison. The other is a "mournful occasion, a sad supper
taken at the close of day, in the twilight of [Jesus'] glorious
career with shadows fast falling around" (SH 32:30, insert
added). Which invitation shall we accept?
- The 'Barabbas Party' was conceived by
the Pharisees, tolerated by the Roman government, and mournfully
accepted by the people. The Pharisees had enough political clout
to sway the government's judicial system and enough hatred of
Christ to convince some people to exchange their conscience for
a bribe. They had the Law of Moses written on their scrolls but
that law was shockingly absent from their hearts. In those days,
pride, envy, cruelty, and vengeance were common. Is it any different
"The looms of crime, hidden in the dark
recesses of mortal thought, are every hour weaving webs more
complicated and subtle. So secret are the present methods of
animal magnetism that they ensnare the age into indolence, and
produce the very apathy on the subject which the criminal desires"
- The 'Last Supper Party' knew that their
leader was vastly outnumbered, and his followers were in anguish
when Jesus told them that he was about to be condemned to death
for revealing Christ to the world. Jesus had foreseen this day;
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and
to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). He prepared
his followers in the best way possible, but that night even his
elect lacked enough fortitude to stay awake and watch with him.
One was so twisted that he stole away from this solemn occasion
to accept the bribe of betrayal that the Pharisees offered him.
Those who remained at the holy gathering were so distraught that
they could no longer sustain love for their enemies when their
dear Master was about to be thrown to the wolves by malice and
holy pretense. Could any of us have stood this test of fidelity
to the Master? Can we love our neighbors, our governments, and
our church leaders when they actively or unwittingly conspire
to kill Christ? If not, we have elected to hide from Jesus and
his message and pander to hypocrisy and a band of thieves. On
the day of Jesus' crucifixion, the apostles hid themselves or
stood by in voiceless agony, fearing that a whisper of protest
would seal their own doom. Even after his lifeless body was lowered
to the ground, they did not exhibit a spark of moral courage.
Only one bold disciple stepped forward, Joseph of Arimathea.
The only solution to this tragedy, one which Jesus was in the
process of demonstrating, was to love beyond hate - to
wholly and unconditionally "forgive them; for they know
not what they do" (Luke 23:34).
- Today, as of old, universal love seems
to be vastly outnumbered by those who seek change by belittling
their neighbors if they have the slightest differing opinion
from their own. In their contempt for one another and arguing
in the streets, the masses have succumbed to unrighteous judgement
and tongue wagging, very far from the Psalmists wise instruction
- "be still, and know that I am God" (Ps 46:10).
- Nebuchadnezzar's prophetic vision furnishes
a useful pattern for those who think they can hide their favorite
demons and still escape being found out and corrected. Daniel's
devout prayer to God enabled him to recover and translate the
dream that Nebuchadnezzar thought was lost, revealing how Christ
identifies and removes all misconceptions and supersedes them
with omnipotent Truth.
- "This image's head was of fine gold
[mind - "I think, therefore I am"], his breast and
his arms of silver [heart - life is mine to live as I please],
his belly and his thighs of brass [emotions - I have feelings
that can change], His legs of iron [strength - I can defend and
attack], his feet part of iron and part of clay [mortal mind].
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which
smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and
brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass,
the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became
like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried
them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that
smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole
earth" (Dan 2:32-35, notes added).
- This metaphor of human consciousness presents
states and stages of self, a delusion that must be broken to
make room for the permanent reign of Mind. Everything that we
hold dear - the best of mankind's goodness - and everything that
we hate - the despotic ego - are founded on the iron and clay
theosophy of mortal mind. Right and wrong cannot mix or cohere,
and this unresolvable divide is the Achilles heel of all humanistic
endeavors: the futility of all arguments and attempts to prop
up a mistake by compromise or false charity. Christ, the stone
cut without hands, has come to our rescue to remind us of our
true being so that we may have life more abundantly.
- The world is in grave danger today, and
its people are either found sleeping or they are looking for
solutions in all directions except the right one. Even some of
those who think of themselves as religious have been lulled into
complacency or misdirected. Unless they awake from their stupor,
have their prayers answered from heaven, and enact Christ's message,
their dim view of discipleship will be exposed and denounced.
Christ will repeat the old message, "I know you not, depart
- "The way of error is awful to contemplate.
The illusion of sin is without hope or God. If man's spiritual
gravitation and attraction to one Father, in whom we 'live, and
move, and have our being,' should be lost, and if man should
be governed by corporeality instead of divine Principle, by body
instead of by Soul, man would be annihilated." (SH 536:10).
- Divisions and hatred will always decide
in favor of persecution. God did not sacrifice his Son to teach
mortals to abandon their sins or to fancy themselves forgiven.
"Jesus allowed men to attempt the destruction of the mortal
body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life"
(SH 51:9). As earth-time dissolves, so must all memory of a crucifixion
and a resurrection. Divine Love has no contests and knows nothing
of it. "Leave the distinctions of individual character and
the discriminations and guidance thereof to the Father, whose
wisdom is unerring and whose love is universal" (No 7:25).
- Beyond divisions and despotic tendencies,
above humanism and our best efforts to improve mortal mind, we
must learn to love, love, love - forever love. We live in a one-party
universe. It is all Love. Live as Love.
- George Denninger ©