Jesus was a man who brought revolutionary ideas to the world. He showed mercy and kindness to anyone who followed Him. He loved with tenderness. He spoke God's word into the lives of people, and He professed the closeness of God. The underlying theme to His power ministry was love, the love of God and the love of others.
During His time on the earth Jesus had many who loved Him. He had multitudes who honored him and loved him. He brought good news, healing, and miracles. In the gospels Jesus reveals that He is not an ordinary person and that His extraordinary presence and power comes from God the Father.
In the historical accounts Jesus tells crowds that everything they see, hear, and watch Him do comes from the Father. Jesus taught that His personality was virtually non-existent in God's presence and that His words and actions were in fact from God.
By teaching this revolutionary principle he also taught humility of spirit and love before God. In Matthew 22:37, Jesus teaches that we should love God and others without restraint. In Matthew 5:44 Jesus teaches that we should love even our enemies. If we pause to think about what is being taught it's really astounding.
Jesus is telling legions of followers to let go of our preconceived notion about life and to just love, but love at the highest degree. Obeying this lesson would require total and complete relinquishment of the ego-self and total submission to God. To make such sweeping change with God requires humility. A humility so vast, and uncommon, that it abolishes all traces of our personality.
If we were to follow this instruction, Jesus states that we will become more like God. (Matthew 5:48) Let me summarize by saying that Jesus calls every follower to be more like Him - a relinquished vessel to God in service to humanity. In this spiritual state we will find God more deeply and experience higher levels of love with God.
From this lesson, and everything described in the gospels, we can surmise that this is how Jesus lived.
So Jesus is calling to live a life of revolutionary love.
The challenge always seems to be the mind. With constant swirling thoughts it's sometimes impossible to even concentrate on something for 2 or 3 minutes, let alone completely relinquishing to God.
From the numerous reports we've present to you in this blog it is common knowledge that God designed the body not only to benefit from meditation, but to perform it. It is also scientifically obvious that meditation clears the mind of all the noise and gives space to see life more clearly.
Christian meditation is a form of humility. It is a way of relinquishing ourselves to God and Jesus, His son. It is by this means we can calm the mind so we can see and hear Jesus more clearly. This kind of meditation allows to follow His word and commandments with greater obedience and clarity.
To love God and others goes beyond thought. It is a way of being, being God's love. With a vexed mind that is difficult to do. So meditation is our way of handing our mind, heart, and soul to God with love. This activity can result in God's love being expressed more fully in us and the people around us.
We must conclude that meditating on God's love not only helps to follow His commandments, but changes us since become His love actively expressed. The way of loving-kindness and meditation has often proved to be the way of mental and physical health. But today it is proving to be not only the way of spiritual health, but perfection with God.
God bless you. See you in the kingdom.