Has Anyone Seen Jessica Christ?
The Christ walked the earth about 2000 years ago, according to the New Testament scriptures. You know the story! The ‘anointed one’ was incarnated into the world as a man named Jesus. Little is known of his youth, but he grew in wisdom and stature, and in adulthood, performed many miracles and healings, even teaching that God was his heavenly Father.
If YOU had been there, would you have believed in him: that he was the Christ, the Son of God? How do you know that you would have believed? Many did not, you know -- even though they were of the very same religion: Judaism. You see, it was not easy for them, because Jesus presented a new concept of God that contradicted the traditional Jewish belief which had been a thousand years running.
As portrayed in the Old Testament, the God of the Israelites was a rather wrathful, controlling, ego-centric, dictator type of god; and his chosen people had been taught to fear Him. Now the prophets of old preached that the Lord God would bring forth his warrior-general to destroy their enemies and he would reign as their king. Wow! It’s no wonder most of the Jews did not believe that their Christ had arrived! Jesus did not fit their expectations!
Jesus had presented the ‘father-figure’ as a metaphor for deity. The master teacher was leading his disciples into a new understanding of God, as well as a new relationship that they could have with God. From a ‘King-Servant’ paradigm to a ‘Father-Child’ model, Jesus was indeed transforming the mind-set of those who were ready for his new spiritual insights.
When Jesus’ family arrived upon the scene, he asked: “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?” Then, gesturing toward his disciples, or students, he stated, “Here are my mother and my brothers. Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my mother, my sister, my brother.” The timing was right for a new and higher relationship with God. All are my family -- each soul is an individualized expression of the God-Spirit.
The New Testament predicts that the Christ shall return. Christians believe that the ‘anointed one’ shall appear again as the God-man, Jesus, and that he would speak for his heavenly Father-God.
But what if the next Christ does not fit the Christians expectations? Whoa!
What if, this time, God sends forth to the earth a female Christ named Jessica? And, if she were a Christian here among us today teaching new spiritual insights, such as a loving ‘Mother-Child’ relationship, would YOU recognize and believe in the Christ that God has sent?
Or would she not fit your expectations of the Christ? I wonder !
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
May 1, 2012