Dear Jesus –
When I read your words recorded in the gospels, I ponder sometimes. Were they written for me? Did you speak these words knowing that many years later I would read some of your conversations? And if you did, what should I bring to your voice when I listen? What nesting should I provide in my heart and mind so that your words dwell as intended, as hoped, as invited?
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:17-19
It saddens me to see all the infighting. I see the reluctance of so many of your “chosen people” to move to the “new covenant” – along with the expectation from us “gentiles” that all that tradition and history must be consigned to the bin. Us “gentiles” seem to have created enough “us and them” without any help from the “chosen people”.
Is there space for both – for all? Do we have to fight over “old covenant new covenant” – must we decide how each comes to you and when? Because that bit seems to be the very heart of all this “I am right and you are not”: just what is The Law – and who is right (and wrong)?
Would I be okay to hear your words in this bit by something along these lines:
“No one can comprehend the Father but through me – I am a version of Him you can stretch out and touch. I am the giggles in your giggling fit, the let’s go fishing in your sunny days, the let’s kick back and chill together. I am the only way you begin to even see a “fearful God” as so fearfully real: a no conditions unconditional eternal ever constant loving living. I am the only way you can even begin to get your heads around that (without being totally freaked by the implications).
No one can fully comprehend Love – so none can fully understand that The Law is Love.
So can you savour the flavour of Love through “the rules”? Can you allow you the “how” … ? How to get closer to Love. How to live closer. How to put the substance and taste into your own living. Can you see the invitation of Love – can you see the rules as “a tasting menu” – a starter – the starter motor for Love.“
Dear Paul –
That would be okay. But how about saying it this way:
Do you think that We “do not get it” with all you beautiful peeps? Why do you impose on Us your limitations? You have a few score years to “get it” – to understand and move beyond the clock of finite life. A short time to understand infinite living love. Do you think that I would “set you up to fail”?
I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For how could I abolish Love? I cannot. Ever.
So take whatever imagery that works for you and move beyond “finite”. Why delay embracing the peace that surpasses all understanding a moment longer? Love is “now” – this second – each moment.
Why waste these moments on “figuring Me out” … convincing each other you have “figured Me out” … fighting each other because you have “figured Me out” … ? Can you not see clearly yet? That all this “figuring me out” fighting simply proves (if not to yourselves – then to each other) that you have yet to “figure out” anything at all?
New law, old law – new covenant, old covenant … I am using an example from everyday life because of your human limitations.
Look for Love always, dear children. For I will never abolish Love.
Only you can do that.