The invention of the wheel.
The world is round.
The emergence of the computer and internet
We realized there was something wrong about the past and we are challenged to embrace the new.
JESUS THE GREAT TEACHER
The early years of Jesus ministry was a time he gradually introduced his disciples to a new way of life.
But a point in time came in which he introduced his major new vision.
It is often described as the watershed of his ministry.
On the way to Ceasarea Philippi, Jesus asked the question ‘who do people say I am?’
After several suggestions, Peter declares ‘you are the Christ, the son of the living God.’
It is a high point because finally someone has grasped the essence of his mission.
With such an insight, we read that Jesus could begin to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer and die.
THE TURNING POINT
It is regarded as the watershed in his life, because all of his future teaching is seen in the light of the future Easter event, his death and resurrection. In a sense he is saying to his people, I’m sorry but you have got it wrong. You’ve always had it wrong. There is something new that you must grasp.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT CRUCIFIXION AND RESURRECTION
The greater vision he has for them, is that life’s secret is found in taking up one’s cross and following him. A simple statement, but what a big question.? What does it mean?
For Jesus it was stark? A crucifixion and painful death.
Obviously, though, not the same for all others.
In fact history has revealed that it seems to be different for all.
SAVING OR LOSING ONES LIFE
As we further read the gospel passage, Jesus follows with another telling comment that we may very well find will give us a general principle for understanding his call to us.
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.’
The most natural way of understanding human experience is by identifying ourselves as individuals.
What’s one of the first things you do in the morning. You get up, stagger to the bathroom, look into the mirror and yes see yourself.
Our physical perception plays a significant role in our lives. But beyond that we find that throughout the day there are many circumstances we have to see with broader understanding. We use the eyes of our mind.
Many spiritually orientated mystics tell us that there is an even greater sight. The sight of the spirit.
Hence Jesus, declared, ‘He who has eyes to see with let him see.” Life is comprehensive.
EGO SOUL DIVINE
The psychologically orientated tell us that our conscious centre is our ego, but in totality we have a deeper self which we are inclined to speak of as soul. Soul is the deeper realm of our personality, and what we might call the window to the divine. Together it creates a comprehensive and complex picture of human life.
Jesus brings us this vision of life. Its comprehensive understanding requires us to break through the simple external vision of the most obvious. If we live only for the external we so easily get caught up in our own egocentric concerns. It’s so common in life and people devote enormous energy to satisfying themselves.
To expand our awareness of all our life. Requires us to see with greater eyes. To respect our potential we must learn to re-orientate our ego…
- from self centred to selfless.
- from willful to willing.
It’s this transformation from self to the divine that describes, what taking up the cross signifies.
If all you are interested is in saving you life, that is all to do with the ego and shallow realms of life, you will actually lose your life.
You will lose the ultimate experience of the fully developed human.
There is the story of the hiker traveling a forest path after a bush fire had scorched the earth.
By chance he came across the scorched cinders of a bird still standing in perfect formation.
Without much thought he knocked the petrified birds remains only to see it disintegrate into the fine dust of ashes. To his amazement it exposed a cluster of eggs upon which the mother bird had been sitting in the sacrificial act of preserving her unborn.
To lose ones life is to break free of the self-centered interest of egoism and enter into the fullness of that which is grounded in the divine. It reflects what Jesus taught in the Be-attitudes.
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth