(v 23) Jesus gratefully accepted the love that was offered by the thought of the Holy Spirit. Resting within the peace of this love, he followed the instructions given him by his guards.
(v 24 - 32) In this way, the body of Jesus was hung on the cross for crucifixion, but the crucifixion was not within his mind. Peace was within the mind of Jesus, and peace was all he knew.
The part of the mind that was not healed was not a distraction for Jesus. He realized the truth, and so it was only the truth that held his attention now. The mind of Jesus was fully consumed with love and gratitude and reality. This was all he knew, and this was his only experience.
(v 33 - 41)The perspective of the crucifixion through the lens of the unhealed mind is a perspective of pain and suffering. The unhealed Son of God cannot imagine the blessings that are upon him, and so he must be taught. Through Jesus' perspective of the event of the crucifixion and of his seeming death, Jesus is a symbol of both teacher and learner, that all may learn the truth.
The perspective of the unhealed mind is that of darkness and of being forsaken or cut off from the mercy of God.
The perspective of the healed mind is the joy of knowing itself as one with God, having never been separate and never able to be separate.
The perspective of the unhealed mind is that of bodies, of suffering, of judgment and of guilt.
The perspective of the healed mind is that of peace and gratitude for knowing beyond all possible doubt that illusions are illusions, and only the truth is true forever and always.
The perspective of the unhealed mind is that of separateness and specialness and of being apart.
The perspective of the healed mind is completion and wholly joyous.
There were those who watched, who seemed to be somewhere between the complete knowledge of the healed mind and the unfettered blindness of the unhealed mind. For they recognized something not of the world, and yet understood that it was of them. It was through their prayer, combined with the prayer of Jesus, that the miracle of healing continued, even within what seemed to be a moment of confusion.
(v 42 - 47)The one who went forward to accept Jesus' body was one who had accepted that death is unreal. He went to Pilate in peace to request the body of Jesus as a symbol of eternal rest. Pilate was surprised that this prominent man from the leadership of the Jewish temple should come to him and request the body of Jesus in a respectful and reverent way. He thought that Jesus must not be dead. For if he was, the man would seem different. Pilate asked the centurion to confirm that Jesus was dead. The centurion reported it was so. So Pilate let this man take the body and bury it. Jesus' body was prepared for burial according to the customs of the Jews. The body was placed in a tomb, and a stone was rolled against the entrance to the tomb. Then the man who buried the body fell to his knees in gratitude, for he knew the presence within his own mind and was grateful for it.
NTI Mark, Chapter 16
(v 1 - 20)There were women who went to the tomb where Jesus' body was placed. They went there in confusion and with hope, not knowing what they would find there, and yet feeling compelled by their intuition that they must go. And so, these women did as they were guided, pretending to go to anoint the body in case anyone asked what their purpose was for being there.
The women arrived at the tomb. They joined together in prayer. It was there, within the opening of their minds, that they were joined by one they did not at first recognize. They recognized the love, the kindness, the warmth and comfort of its familiarity, but they did not recognize it as him. He came to them as a white light within their minds. The women could not be afraid in his presence. "You have come to see the dead?" this one asked. "Yet the one you seek is not dead, but living. Here I am, within your mind, where Heaven also must be."
One of the women said to him, "Master, is that you?" "It is I," this one confirmed. "And I am with you always." Later, when the experience seemed to fade from the women's minds, they became afraid. And yet they found trust in that they had experienced this together as one mind. The women gathered the remaining apostles and asked them to meet with them in Galilee. There, the women told the men what they had seen and heard within their mind. There were those among them who doubted the women and mocked them, but Peter recognized the truth. For Peter had also experienced the master within the mind, and so Peter knew where the master was.
Peter held hands with the women and calmed the frightened men by saying aloud what he knew must be true. "He is with us, within our mind, where all experience must be. It is here where we must meet with him and listen to him and let him lead us through our willingness for truth. We cannot continue to deny what is, if we want to know Heaven. We must accept what is true and teach it, that we may learn it and live it with him."
And this was the message that the apostles heard. This is the message of the resurrection, for it is a message of openness and acceptance of what already is. It has forever been true and is forever true. Peace is within you, my brother, because you are within peace. Amen.