For contemplation: 1Corinthians 2:7,8 – “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
This stunning passage is one that seemed to open up a lot of understanding for me awhile back – one of those things where you stop dead in your tracks as you read it. Where was that before? I didn’t know it said that in the Scripture. I’ve read that a dozen times at least! Why didn’t I see that before? You say, “Run that by me again! There’s something here I need to understand.” You pause. You pray. You ponder with the Holy Spirit. You ask hungrily to be shown more. Little by little, inch by inch, line upon line, precept upon precept, a little here, a little there…
Ever hear this? “A crucifix is grotesque! Why would anyone wish to wear a symbol of someone dying on a brutal Roman torture device? You might as well wear a miniature electric chair!”
Sound bite? Programming from the “matrix” that calls forth this recitation, as if to reinforce to the reciter “how rational thou art”? Who knows? But that’s all they see in it – what’s on the surface. That’s as far as it goes.
It takes new eyes to see what’s really going on with that “Roman torture device”, eyes divinely “wired” to see from a Celestial perspective, eyes that look out from the infinite Mind of Christ.
There is mystery here, hidden Wisdom, something that goes far beyond our ordinary perception and human reasoning. It leads into a much deeper metaphysical reality requiring the opening of deeper inner perception and persuasion [“faith”] – if it is to be grasped, understood, and fleshed out in physical reality.
Maybe this is a good spot to pause, look around, and consider that the physical Jesus begins in a wooden manger and ends on a wooden cross. That’s it?
It’s something so deep that it had to be kept secret because, if the powers that were had understood it, they would not have carried out their conspiracy against the Son of God. In short, it would have resulted in a cosmic catastrophe worse than the one wherein the current cosmic catastrophe was set in motion by the primal war in Heaven…
“They” would not have seen to it that He would be executed under the cruel visage of Imperial Rome, had they a clue. The Cross of Jesus Christ was God’s Celestial Counter Conspiracy enshrouded in the common wooden cross – yet so much more than a cruel device of execution, at least in this unique case.
They were rejoicing, “The end of Him!” But God was declaring, “Only the beginning!”
While the powers that were celebrated the death of the Son of Man, the Son of God was busily unlocking the gates of the clenched jaws of hell itself and offering a full pardon to all the human inmates gathered there on death row. “C’mon, brothers and sisters, take My hand, and let’s get out of here!” He cries. “I’ve paid the ransom note; let’s go! You’re free!”
This was the jail break of the ages, as He paid in full for our redemption with His own holy blood! He cried out in that moment, “It is finished!” And so it is. The brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ were being snatched out of the Cosmic Prison in order to return to the Celestial home of our Heavenly Father.
Dare we say that the rest is history?
There’s nothing for it but for each of us to ponder the implications of this act of redemption for ourselves and our lives.
Galatians 2:20 spells out the basics: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
“I”, that is my ego-centered false self, “old adam” no longer live. My personal sniveling little Gollum, always hungering after his “Precious”, comes to its end in the Cross! It is his undoing, his Forge of Doom. The desire for some form of “ring of power” that dominates an individual’s life ultimately consumes any semblance of true humanity. It must be reckoned dead and buried through the Cross.
Then it is only through this “death” [via taking up of our own cross] that the “Christ liveth in me.” It’s not just believing; it’s receiving and living within this New Reality that gives us a New Creation – a new transformed “me”, bearing to the world the radiant image and likeness of the resurrected Lord.
How many of us then can say with Jesus, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father”?
Each Soul must prayerfully ask to be shown what this means, what this reckoning ourselves dead, buried, and made alive in Christ, looks like for him or her. No one can do it for us. It’s a path in “Christed-ness” we need to walk ourselves with the Holy Spirit’s help, comfort, and counsel.
“Jesus walked that lonesome valley;
He had to walk it by Himself;
Nobody else could walk it for Him
He had to walk it by Himself.”
Each of us is called to walk that lonesome valley in the daily taking up of our cross. What does that mean for me? What does it mean for you?
He tells us that without this, we cannot be His disciple. This is a serious matter. It’s a call to radical discipleship, to flesh out the plan of escape through the Cross.
The question is, am I, are you, ready and willing and able to answer that call? Have we heard His Voice? Do we understand what it will require?
There’s a divine Pearl of Wisdom hidden in a field of mystery. Will you sell all you possess, and let go of all that possesses you, to have it?