Jesus Christ did not tell us we were to live lives of trials and tribulations as we followed him. Indeed he only spoke of peace and fulfillment, bountiful blessings and healing of body and mind. It is when we depend on ourselves and our humanness, our own ego-selves, that our load seems hard. We drag through life as the weight of our physical-ness pulls us down.
Beyond the weight of our own bodies and our health conditions we have our minds. Our minds weigh heavy, heavy upon our hearts. And then there is the physical world of our creation. Things we have wanted and brought into our lives that as we claim them they become our responsibility to tend to and carry with us as we move through life. It seems the more life we live the more things we have accumulated but not necessarily still need or may have perhaps ever needed and yet of course we continue to gather in more goods. But are these things truly making our lives good?
“Set down your burdens,” says Christ. “Let Me carry them for you.” How do we do this? By realizing that we cannot do it all ourselves. The Message of Christ is that we no longer have to. Right here, we can know joy. Right now, not later.
No need to wait until death, for Heaven, the Kingdom of God is present in your very midst. But you cannot see, so you do not know. You have to let go. Let go of your self-ness, the ego that has driven your course. The path you have been upon is rocky. The path Christ offers is smooth. “What is this path and where does one get on? Is it Jesus I am to follow? But how, he is gone? I shall wait for his return. I am told it could be any minute,” you say.
Jesus lived “The Life,” the Life of Christ, the Christos, the man Divine. This is the new plan offered by God, the ability to live as Christ Jesus did, to show up in the world as Light and Love. The Christ Jesus died in his physical body but was renewed, reincarnated in His true spiritual form and still lives. He lives on as Spirit, with all Spirit, God. Before Jesus left His physical self He comforted his disciples who were overwhelmed by the idea of His passing and their own ability to carry on. This is when He told them of the gifts to be bestowed on them, gifts of spirit, the Holy Spirit. He said He would send “the Comforter.”
Excerpted from the book Listen Hear, A Divine Love Story by Debra Clemente