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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Interpretation

93. Crucifixion of Jesus.

Jesus demonstrated his patience and humility not only in the suffering of physical punishment but also in the insults and bullying he endured from the soldiers. Often the worldly consciousness ridicules and makes fun of those who believe in a higher spiritual reality, and Jesus gave us the example to accept and tolerate the world's scorn for the sake of God and the improvement of life. He lived his own teachings and did not resist the evil; he turned the other cheek and rose above the conflict. To the weeping women he said that they should weep for the state of the world where men could do such things to one who is the spirit of life.

In order to remain more aware even to the end, Jesus refused to drink the drugs that were used to dull the pain. Even as the soldiers were driving in the nails he forgave them, knowing that they were merely acting in ignorance. Like Socrates, Jesus did not blame anyone for wrong or harmful actions, but he demonstrated and taught in every way he could how to live better; people simply need more awareness of what is good.

The sign that was written in the three major languages declared that Jesus was the king of the Jews, fulfilling messianic prophecy. The soldiers divided his clothes and gambled for his robe. This and the people mocking and chiding for God to deliver him and the piercing of his hands and feet are all prophetically described in the 22nd Psalm.

For the tolerant and merciful attitude of one of the others suffering punishment Jesus promised to take him into the higher realms as soon as they left their bodies. Even at the last, Jesus took the responsibility of caring for his mother by asking his beloved disciple, John, to look after her as if she were his own mother. This disciple was probably the closest to the loving consciousness of the Christ.

Harmony 93 * Synthesis 93
94. Death of Jesus Harmony 94 * Synthesis 94 * Interpretation 94