The Christly Ascension

Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. (JOHN8:56)

The Pharisees once came to Jesus and asked how it was that Abraham (that is Abram after he had discovered the one true God) followed God's command, but did not live forever, as Jesus taught (nor even long as Adam's 930 years). Jesus explained that Abraham rejoiced to see his (Christ's) day, and he saw it, and was glad. The Pharisees then launched into a typical Jewish quarrel over how old Jesus was, and how long ago Abraham had lived .... (JOHN8) Although deflecting their meaning, how to live longer and more prosperously, Jesus's answer was useful in our context of true Science, the reality of being. Jesus' phrase, see my day, meant, to wake-up, as we sleep in the darkness of night and wake and work in the strong light of day. Thus Jesus meant Abraham had not died into soiled obscurity, but woken to the understanding of Life eternal, seeing spiritually, self-expressively, rather than shadowy, or by self-repressive feelings: this was important-to and consistent-with his (Jesus') healing work, as the whole man is self-expressive of his God-given dominion, and does not need to repress fears of inadequacy for any good deed or work. Jesus of course meant the full context of waking up, not merely heightened dream sensibilites (so often touted by drug-crazed mediciners): Jesus saw that man's capacities were fundamentally spiritual, and neither broken-into, by, nor out-of matter. That there exists a context, a reality of Life, outside the dream-shadow of humanity with its doubts about matter-possibilities, was essential to his theology: it was not separate (at that time) from Judaism, but was heightened by consecrated study on only that which was necessary and sufficient, that which was supplied from that framework of light, which could pierce the gloom of sin, sickness, disease, and death, and restore a right sense of the Father's everpresence and Mother's willing receptivity, God's allness.

Jesus of course spent no time sorting this out for the Pharisees: his teaching was by presenting the evidences of Life eternal, and leaving his listeners to heed and follow the steps he illumined by his own life-example. This is an important precept, and he immediately drew attention to it: he said, my day, that is, he never lost sight of being awake to God's promise, while he yet seemed to be among the shadowers; and Abraham now existed in this same daylight of eternal Life, though unperceived by limiting human sense - suggesting Abraham had no context for appearing and appealing to the Jews in Jesus' time on Earth. Yet Jesus did: starting from this light, he'd found the way to enter the shadows; or another way to put this, he never saw himself as a mortal materialist trying to obey a Jewish verdict on God's law: he saw that God's law began with God in the awake, in the daylight, and was manifested variously, whether as Ten Commandments engraven in two inseparable tablets, uttered in frenzied authority at recalcitrant Hebrew hordes, and followed by lightnings and thunder, or as himself fully living the Commandments, lecturing from a little boat set afloat on a quiet cove-bay (which eliminated distracting echoic background sounds: they could hear him without echo of themselves; and the lake water reaching to the far horizon was as a wall to eye level wherever the audience sat on the hillside, and Jesus stood in the midst of that quiet wall). But for Jesus to be aware of that awake light, without waking up meant he was in as it were a shallow semi-dream vestibule, a very modest lobby, a timid ante-chamber, about to easily waken, but capable of maintaining dream contact. This is profoundly exceptional: Jesus discerned he could come and go at will (although his seeming lapse of memory after his resurrection showed the more horrible dream scenes had less certain familiarity, until he asked, and then he could relate that to the Scripture about himself). Not his own will, but Life's eternal Law ever, reaching that ever on-going dream so subliminal only to uninspired thoughts caught thereïn, for Love required a coïncidence, not that shadows control the light dwellers, but that the shadow was to be discovered, learned about: Jesus had to learn about it, too. But this freedom to knowingly visit the darkness (which has been described as the dark cave of humanity) while yet abiding in the day, meant a freedom for coming and going, and, coming again (suggesting a next-time with a coterie of friends, and even more wisely armed with the full-bright lantern of obedience, personal fusion to the Mother's studied Science). Here was a statment beyond even Mrs. Eddy's agreement: demonstrable reïncarnation, provable return or second-coming - and ready to really explore the cave this time: Christ Science, not just Christ Jesus. (She did perceive (her) successor, a man, not immediately, but capable to explore this 'cave'; but she didn't expect Jesus to go among them: a mother "burned once is twice shy").

But we should find this amusing, an undershadowy world that continues to progress in time, while the full-bright world of the eternal takes no cognizance of the shadows save impose its order. Human in-version repeats and parallels this by recognizing microscopic atomic elements of the clay (the flesh) as the seeming time-ordered-perpetual shadowy action of the body; and then frightens at the prospect of finding its way back-out to the true light, thus calling matter, eternal, and man, temporal, and deviating its way and delaying its recourse, next to declare the eternal light to be the unstoppable neutrino flux from the sun and stars and even the galactic and cosmic centers. Thus the shadowy definition of knowledge greatly mimics the all-Mind.

This Christ (as light), Jesus explained, is the same light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world. It is discernable as constant as above the wispy clouds, the fluffy bread of life that cometh down from heaven to refresh the flesh; Jesus discerned at once this example on Earth to mean his Life source, God, was constant: he'd climbed the high mountain to gain this view, and he knew he could bring this view down to others, because it would appeal to their thought just as readily. As exalted as this seems to us today, in the thousand of years of prior history the Hebrews and Jews never considered the mountains a place for men: they followed the streams and rivers of the Fertile Crescent, expected God to set before them tableaus, flat valleys and plains in the wilderness, for their sheep and soil farming, and habitation; eventually they settled near one of the lowest places on Earth, the Dead Sea (the only lower being where the Sodomites sank into the muck at the southern end).

Jesus refused to sink that low.

... The teachings herein are not secularized nor classified: Sunday School pupils, Primary Class students, Normal Class graduates, scholars, researchers, astronomers, scientists, and governments, will find this coursework timely, modern, global, historical, and democratic. The syllabus is the ALMS Program: astronomics, linguistics, mathematics, systematics ... scientific inferentiation on the Holy Biblical Scripture: 'what actually happened'.

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© 1996 Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry

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