Its way past bed time. I needed some rest. Normally I try to hit the bed by 11pm, up by 6am, but tonight only 4 hours sleep would have to do. Thanks to Netflix entertaining my subconscious. I saw this movie before, I read the book also, but I just had to see the movie, again. Its about a topic that touched “a lot” of peoples’ lives around the world. The topic can be narrated from a religious point of view, as it generally is, or one could make an effort to understand it from a general perspective. The story is about Jesus Christ (peace be upon him).
2.5 billion people, almost half the world population, believe in the Christ, the Messiah. That’s a good start don’t you think? Before getting into details and those points of departure, lets at least accept the fact that Jesus Christ is a World figure loved by billions. Its even more fascinating to note that the Messiah touches hearts and minds with the warmth of mercy and compassion for people who know and those who don’t know about his mission. Simply mentioning his name causes a slight tender hand to touch your heart. It awakens you but never disturbs you. Softness comparable to falling snow on your face.
For 2000 years the legacy of Christ’s story endured. It is one filled with awe, mystery and tragedy. The “code” is as elusive as it ever was. The “story” of Christ continues and it is up to us to connect with him in the way that agrees with the heart and mind. To consider Monopolizing his story would be an act of selfishness characteristic of those who conspired against him. On the other hand, there is no such road block to let our free minds search for the Messiah within the rational storages of our hearts and the logical databases of our minds. The attitude if summarized could be something like this – “I want to know Jesus Christ, and I’m going to open the eyes of my heart to find him”.
Let start with the Passion. Crucifixion used to take “days” not “hours” for life to end on the cross. Roman soldiers broke legs to quicken the process. For Christ, an exception was made, he was pierced in the chest, and amazingly, blood “gushed forth”, meaning, he was alive at that time on the cross! This is proven from circumstantial evidence in the Gospels. .
Christ was alive when the Roman soldier struck him leads me also to believe that Christ was alive when herbal medication was applied to his body at the foot of the Cross which helped him to recover and regain strength after recuperation and rest at the Sepulchre.
His disciples had to write down the great story of the Master, just like they wrote the drafts for the Gospels. For matter of safety for the Believers such evidences and Documents regarding his survival had to be tucked away. The documents changed hands and went places but their idea remained alive and passed on from one generation to the next. Over time, Christ’s mission witnessed explosive growth and the pagan Roman imperialists decides to incorporate “religion” into their ruling system.
Rise of the “established” and “controlled” and “managed” belief system happened soon after. The high priest and the Holy Emperor shake hands, people are happy and ‘religion’ thrives bringing in followers and converts to the cause. For the Holy Emperor’s own survival strategy, all notions of any alternate story about Crucifixion had to be ruthlessly eliminated from all records, forever.
Those evidences had to be destroyed completely by any means and any “heretic” who entertained the idea of any other story of Christ would be very sorry for his beliefs, up to the pain of burning on the stake. We know this as the Inquisition. Lets move on.
But, some people did believe in another story and somehow they managed to survive the inquisition. Their story found pathway through the “bloodlines” of those people who chose to protect that narrative. You may call it whatever you want, Priory of Sion, Templars, Guardians, Holy Grail, but the point is not in the name, not at all. What is the point then?
The most fundamental point about the Ministry of Christ is his “Message” and his Struggles, his Wars, mainly against the established clergy in Jerusalem, who had monopolized spirituality, changed the concept of Justice and reduced the importance of the After life. Christ fought hard to reform this priestly, legalistic, traditional, dogmatic religiosity of “holy men”. The Messiah, the Master was a Jewish Rabbi, a reformer of Bani Israel and a revolutionary of the highest order.
Lets turn towards Arabia for a change. Abraham’s son Ishmael through Hajira brought about the Arab nation and its them mainly who believe Jesus Christ never died on the cross.
The Jewish priests who conspired against him under the cover of darkness the night before only ‘thought’ that he died and evidently none from the Temple came forward to verify the status of the holy body when it was brought down from the Cross.
There is also evidence that suggests that Pontius Pilate was surprised to hear a Roman guard claim that Christ had died. We know Pilate did not want the blood of an innocent man on his hands. Governor’s wife had warned him not to harm the Christ based on a dream she had seen.
Ideas about the escape of Christ from crucifixion, hiding of documentary evidences, knowledge of unpublished Gospels, jointly portray a version of the Passion that would definitely not be tolerated in the least by the defenders of Tradition, whose entire survival depends on a completely different narrative.
It doesn’t matter what the establishment thinks about it. The fact is that billions of people love Christ. No establishment or Tradition on Earth can take that away.