Why Is It Necessary to Bear a Cross? Because One Was Borne by Another?
Our crosses are of our own making now, as well as in the beginning. The world was lost in the delusion of creative thought, seeking to reverse the process of God's law and find gratification in the lower forms of vibration. Thus we are confronted daily by crosses arising from our participation in the delusion of our senses. As we meet, again and again, the seeds we have sown, we come to realize that it is only through overcoming them that we can ever hope to reach again the estate from which we have fallen. Rebirth is the opportunity given to the children of men by which this may be accomplished. Each life stands out, crowned with an opportunity to develop through overcoming, and it is only through selfishness or the gratification of the carnal nature that we lose. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The law must be met, either through the keeping of the law ourselves as under a taskmaster, or in the way provided through Him, who took upon Himself the burden of the world.
He overcame the world through experiences. In each experience He bore a cross, reaching the final cross with all power and all knowledge. He accepted the cross, hence doing away with that so-called karma that must be met by all. The immutable law of cause and effect is evidenced today in the material, the mental, and the spiritual world; but in overcoming the world, the law, He became the law. The law, then, becomes as the schoolmaster, or the school of training. We who have named the Name are no longer under the law as law, but under mercy as in Him-for in Him, and with the desires, there may be made the coordination of all things. In bearing the cross, the flesh is crucified that His Spirit may be made manifest in the world. Each obstacle overcome adds strength for overcoming the next. We learn to overcome all that hinders us from becoming one with Him. This is made possible in service.
It is a glorious thing to know that we are helping Him through our service to others, to make known His purpose to bring humanity back to the Father. We never lose so long as we give. God gave His only begotten Son and received back a glorified Son who had shown a world the way back to the Father. It was the Son, in whom the Father was well pleased, who gave His all, even His life for His brethren. It is necessary that we bear the cross for our own development; but it is most glorious to have the opportunity to bear the cross for the sake of Him who made the way of escape possible for us.
Why Was It Necessary That He, the Maker of Heaven and Earth, Should Bear a Cross?
The God Force became ensnared in matter and, in the first Adam, fell. It was necessary, therefore, that the God Force, the Creator, individualize Himself as an example and by overcoming the world become the Law, in order that we might know the way out. So, in the last Adam all are made alive.
He, the Maker of heaven and earth, came to earth to bear the cross that He might add His experiences and activities to ours. His purpose was and is to lead the children of men back to the realization that they are, indeed, children of God and are at one with the Father.
In His bearing the cross, "It is finished," so far as the overcoming of the flesh and worldly things is concerned. He paved the way for His followers of every age. It was necessary that He, the Son of God, the Co-worker with the Creator, come to earth to demonstrate that the flesh could be overcome-thus giving glory to the Father who had made us for His glory. He bore the cross of materiality that He might change it to the glorified cross of spirituality. He left burning in the hearts of His followers the declaration, "And I, if I be lifted up... will draw all men unto me," and again, "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
He went all the way. He was tempted in all ways, like unto us. He was numbered with the transgressors. "He was wounded for our transgressions... and with His stripes we are healed," and in all He was more than a conqueror. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you." What was the object of the cross? For what was the supreme sacrifice? That we through His strength might come to the knowledge and understanding of the way, might be able to overcome all things, and become rulers and priests and priestesses unto God. Again, it was His way to show to humanity what divine love could do, and how it was possible to live a perfect, blameless life with all the disintegrating influences that surround us day by day. In every period of development through the ages, He has walked and talked with people. Those who understand know that whenever there was a need for our awakening, the Son of Man entered the earth plane. The cross became the emblem of Him who offered Himself of Himself. For that cause, for that purpose came He into the world that He Himself, in overcoming the world, might gain the crown. Why Did He Come into the World as a Man That He Might Bear a Cross? It was through His thought and will that we took physical form. Only through the physical could the spiritual essence be aroused, awakened from its slumber, and set upon the path of spiritual progress. The question is answered: First, because of His own need to conquer the world in material manifestation, and second, because of the need of humanity for a guide, a teacher, and a saviour. The first is expressed in the following: Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered"; and the second is, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."