April 04, 2023
No Power On Earth Could Have Touched Him
On this beautiful day, which gives promise of a springtime not too far away, let us meditate for a moment upon some of the principles that our Master revealed in relationship to this phase of our own progress along the way. The Master said, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do,” and that work which the Father gave was finished before that experience that was made necessary to our LORD by human imposition in the trial and the crucifixion. The work the Father gave Him to do was completed before that trial and before the crucifixion, for we have the Word from His own lips: “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” Why, then, was it necessary for Him to experience the mockery, the indignities of that trial, and the sufferings of the crucifixion? It was because man imposed those things upon our LORD. They were imposed by man’s rejection of the divine pattern.
The ill things that nullify the expression of the beautiful pattern of God’s design on earth are never God’s will. They are imposed by man’s rejection of that which God offers. The shame and the suffering, the indignities, are never the result of the divine pattern or of God’s will. They are the result of man’s denial and betrayal of his responsibilities, and they are imposed by that which man himself does. Very often those who consider themselves Christians, or who long to move along the spiritual path, are inclined to think: “If I had lived, if I had only had the privilege of living at that time when our Master Himself walked on earth, I would not have been among those who were scattered so quickly from that vast throng who were shouting, ‘Hosanna to the king.’ I would not have been like Peter, denying, or like Judas, betraying, nor like the others who followed afar off, for I would have appreciated my privilege and opportunity. And, cost what it might, I would have been among those who stood at the foot of the cross.” So many have felt that way—perhaps they would not express it in so many words.
Yet today, in this hour and in all the hours to come, we have the same privilege of remaining true, the same privilege of standing at the foot of the cross, the same privilege of proving the reality of our love and our trust. The passage of the centuries has not denied us any privilege that we might have had then, with the one exception of seeing the physical form through which our LORD was manifest. And He said of those who lived then, that for their sakes it was expedient that He should go away; and if it was expedient for them, there is nothing taken from us, because we do not have the privilege, as our minds might think of it, of seeing Him in physical form. It is expedient for us that He so arranged the divine pattern.
So, let us examine something of what happened and see if we can gain a deeper conviction of that which is necessary to ourselves, that we may come to a recognition that it is not what we feel out of the subconscious heart or mind, it is not what we feel externally, that is properly the directing force in our lives. It is what we see and recognize and realize with the conscious mind to be the truth of the matter, for the mind which is allowing the spirit of God to work in it is stronger than any feeling that can come surging up from the subconscious. It is stronger than any idea that may be buried somewhere in the subterranean phases of the mind. It is stronger than any current of feeling that may be imposed from the outside.
What you feel is beside the point. As long as the conscious mind continues to yield to the impulses that come from a distorted subconscious mind or heart, as long as it yields to the currents of feeling or action from without, it is saying, “I am not a guardian angel. I am not fortified by the spirit of God. I am a weak thing and I must of needs acknowledge the extent of my weakness and say that God cannot serve me because I am subject to all of these ill things.” He who says that betrays our LORD, as surely as Judas betrayed Him. He denies, as surely as Peter did, and he is not even following afar off. He is scattered into the darkness, hiding in the alleyways, lest someone see and say, “Are you not one of those who followed Him?”
Let us see what happened at the time of our Master. He had finished the work that God gave Him to do, but certain things were imposed upon Him. In either case, He was going away, as far as His physical form was concerned. But do you think He could cause His body to be changed more easily after all this humiliating experience than otherwise? He could have ascended without the suffering, the crucifixion and those days in the tomb. Man imposed that upon Him and made it necessary. Sometimes people ask a question and say, “But did not the prophets say He would have to die? Does not the Bible say there could be no salvation except as His blood was shed, etc.?” I grant you that after this experience was all over, certain ones developed some ideas with respect to it. And in the pattern of prophecy in the Old Testament you will find those things which recognized not only the possibility but the probability of the manner in which man would function. But because it worked out the way it did, the human interpretation has been on the basis of one idea only; and there has been a complete failure to recognize the fact that an alternate path, the ideal path, was foretold just as surely, as definitely, if man would have allowed it to have meaning.
That which was of God’s design was revealed by the prophets much more abundantly than those comparatively obscure texts that recognized the probability of what man would do. Because man did fail, the texts that relate to that possibility are picked out and held up as what was prophesied. And it is not so at all, because God’s provision of the pathway did not require that Jesus should die. It was human beings that condemned our LORD to the indignities of the trial, so-called, and to the sufferings of the cross. God did not require it. From God’s standpoint, it was not necessary, and I can take the book cover to cover and show you how the pattern was revealed there. Let us examine it.
The idea of the shedding of the blood, from the standpoint of the spear in the side and the nails in His hands and feet, is supposed to have had some particularly efficacious result—that God, being a hardhearted something-or-other, would not accept the salvation of a single man, woman, or child unless His own Son should physically bleed. Anyone who stops to consider that which is revealed of God in the Bible will recognize that that is so completely out of character that there is no reasonable excuse for any person believing it. It is completely out of character. The blood is the symbol of life. He had shed His blood, in the true sense, before He ever reached the agonies of Gethsemane or the sufferings of the cross. He had shed His life upon the earth. He had shed the currents of His life in the revelation of Deity. He had revealed the principles of life. He had given His life to the revelation of the things of God, and He Himself said before any of these things took place, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” There was a recognition that certain things were yet to be faced because of what man had imposed upon Him, but it was not the divine plan or purpose or necessary from the standpoint of God, as if He were a bloodthirsty being who demanded that blood be shed. No. That is not the character of God. It was not the plan or purpose of God. And the only reason why our Master accepted that outworking was because man imposed it upon Him.
If that body of twelve disciples had remained steady and true, no power on earth could have touched Him, because then the victory would have been assured without His going through what He did. The same truths would have been revealed in the outworking of the cycles of time, but there would have been a Nody established—twelve key points, with others rallying around vibrationally. And if they had sought to touch Him, whether He would have used spiritual power to prevent it or whether He would have disappeared is beside the point. That would have been for Him to choose and it is not for me to speculate upon, but they could not have touched Him. That we know. If the body He had built, or undertaken to build—the Body of many members—had held true, His physical body would not have had to be on the cross. But on the cross of spiritual creative activity, the crossing between heaven and earth, there would have been a revelation of divine power that would have carried through effectively and saved man centuries of suffering, sorrow, misery and death. The Body would have been complete and this world would have been restored already.
It is not until after this plan had failed to carry through that we have the prophetic portrayal, for instance in Revelation, of that which should yet be done. Because in Isaiah, and many other places, there is mention made: “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former things shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” That is part of the prophecy of what was divinely ordained for the time when Jesus Christ should come on earth, that which could have been, but man prevented it. Man spoiled the pattern of God, so there was a divine reorganization and a reprojection of the same goal under a new pattern. Not all was lost, it is true. Our Master had finished the work. He had revealed Deity, established the truth on earth, set the pattern. And somewhere there would be those who would follow through, those who would not be so quick to betray for thirty pieces of silver or their own human desires.
I wonder how many of you know why Judas betrayed, what the working of his mind was. I happen to know what was going on in Judas’s mind because I was one of those who was there at that time and watched this process working out in his mind, and did what I could to head it off—but I did not. He had the idea that as a political personage Jesus did not have quite as much understanding as He should have had. He was a wonderful spiritual teacher—that Judas clearly acknowledged. But He did not have a practical understanding, according to Judas’s idea, a practical understanding of what was necessary. Judas thought his own vision was clearer, his own understanding more acute. And when he went and betrayed, he had no more idea in his mind, and conviction, that it would lead to the crucifixion of Jesus than you have an idea that it would lead to some disastrous result if you were self-active for five minutes, here and now. His idea was that he would so maneuver things that he would force Jesus to use His spiritual power. He was not acting on the basis of intent to hurt Jesus. His idea was: “I will maneuver here, and as soon as it comes to the point of crisis Jesus will use His spiritual power. He will see that I was right, that it is time to take political action. It is time to use this power to establish a kingdom here on earth.”
Judas had not gotten it out of his head that it was not simply a kingdom like Solomon or David had had here on earth. He still had that idea, and he thought, “I will so maneuver undercover that it will force the issue, and Jesus will use His great power to defeat, and He will be seen as the King of this kingdom that is to be established.” And as soon as he recognized that his own calculations had miscarried and that He was not going to use His power on any such basis, his sorrow and chagrin were tremendous. He realized that his own puny mind had misled him. He did love the LORD. He did not betray Him knowing that it would lead to the LORD’s crucifixion. He betrayed thinking that it would force the LORD to use His power to establish the kingdom. He thought it was a smart political maneuver. And consequently, when he saw that his Master was allowing Himself to be subject to it, when he saw the pattern that was unfolding, he went out and hung himself in terrible regret. Do not imagine that Judas betrayed Him for thirty pieces of silver, knowing it would lead to His crucifixion. His mind did not grasp that point at all.
Very often the human being thinks, “If I can just improve on the LORD’s plan a little bit—my brilliance, my understanding is such that the spiritual leadership, the outworking, needs to be improved on a little." And the human mind gets busy and betrays today, as surely as it did then. If the twelve had remained true, there were hundreds and thousands of others who would have remained true. And God’s will being done in them would have provided a starting point for the beginning of that great transition into the Divine State here on earth, for it was the divine intention.
The Master was still trusting at the time He spoke the words that are recorded in Matthew 24. He still recognized that it was possible. And if you will read Matthew 24 with any understanding of what is actually contained in the so-called prophecies of the Old Testament, the outline of God’s will, pattern and intent, you will see that He recognized then that it was still possible that the complete change could be worked out within a very short period of time. Part of that which He prophesied was fulfilled about 70 A.D., and the rest remains to be fulfilled. But there is not one single thing in the record to indicate that Jesus made a guess and said, “Part of this will be fulfilled in 30 or 35 years, and the rest will take 2,000 years." He presented that in the recognition that it could be done in its fulness. He recognized the possibility but He knew the plan of God. He taught it over and over again.
The manner in which most of the disciples failed to grasp what He was talking about is emphasized in the record in the first chapter of Acts. Even after the crucifixion, after all of this had taken place and the Master had appeared for forty days to them at different times, “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.” Even after His resurrection He was talking to them of the things of God. Then they were assembled together and “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him [after all that had happened and it was almost the last moment before He should leave them, the disciples], saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” They were still so dense, they had not yet completely grasped what He was talking about, that they were thinking about an earthly kingdom, that inane concept that had stuck in their minds after all the Master had said. And there, at the last moment, some of them had the gall to ask that inane question, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” There is the secret of all this failure.
There is the secret of why our LORD was crucified. Because this idea in the human mind was allowed to control. The logical, reasonable understanding of the things that He had taught, which denied this old idea, was not allowed to control. When we stop and examine it, we see there was nothing logical, reasonable in this failure, because He had talked to them about the kingdom of God and had still talked to them about it after the resurrection. And they still were clinging to the old idea.
It was because the body that He had been working to produce died, became meaningless, responded to fear, etc., that it became necessary for the physical body to be crucified. He had already shed the brilliance of His life in the world, He had already shed God’s love wherever He went, He had already revealed the patterns of truth, He had already finished the work that God gave Him to do. And it was the failure of those eleven disciples to hold steady and stand with Him that made necessary the crucifixion. And if those eleven had stood, many others would have done likewise, but with nothing to look to, no true pattern, there were only a few who held.
This pattern reveals that which is necessary in our lives here and now. It reveals the fact that we need to so abide in His love, remain so centered, remain so true to our divine calling, that the things that come up from the subconscious mind—the old ideas, the old feelings—are not allowed to control. Pressures from without are not allowed to control. But the conscious mind, centered in God, stands steady on the basis of its recognition of the things of God, its conviction of the rightness of God, so that logic and reason may be made manifest by the power of God. The mind that was in Christ Jesus is then made manifest in us.
That mind, the intelligent mind, that recognized the things of God, did not yield to the feelings or the ideas, either at the time of the Temptations or the agonies of Gethsemane. Do you think there were not feelings that could have turned Him aside? What was it? It was divine intelligence—mind that would not yield, mind that stayed true in the divine conviction, mind that allowed logic and reason to control, regardless of feelings, regardless of anything else. And there was the dominion.
He made the victory manifest, the victory that we are to share. But how are we to share it? By twiddling our thumbs and waiting for someone to hand it to us on a silver platter? By mumbling a few words of belief and then continuing to be subject to the ill things around us? No. It is to be known when we allow the dominion of God to be a reality in our conscious minds. When that dominion, that control, is established there, regardless of the subconscious mind, regardless of what is external, regardless of what we feel or do not feel—when that divine intelligence is made manifest without wavering and there is dominion there—then God’s guardian of the subconscious mind can cause change in your life. Then the things of God can begin to have meaning. But until that dominion is established because your mind—your conscious-reasoning, logical mind—is centered in the mind that was in Christ Jesus, you cannot share the victory. We share it by letting those Laws and principles be revealed in ourselves.
Because He did it without a precedent, we have the privilege of having a precedent. We have an example. And because it is done, we have something to move to. We do not have to suffer, as He did—not one. Not one has to go through what He did, to face the miseries, discouragement and mockery that He did. He said, “The Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” He meant there was not a real manifestation on earth for the Kingdom of God, no starting point for the expression of dominion. But as you yield and come into the pattern God designed, and let His dominion be established in mind and heart and expression of life, then the Son of man begins to have a place to lay His head. Then there is a beginning of the reality of the Kingdom—not a concept that human beings have developed, but the reality of that Kingdom as God designed it, as Jesus taught it and revealed it. That is what we are interested in. That is why we are here—so that that divine control in the conscious mind may be the starting point for the victory in and through you.
Only as there is that dominion in you that is unshakable, constant and true, can you be an instrument through which that dominion is extended out to others. Only so can your light shine. Only so can you render true service. Only so can you be a member of His Body on earth. Only so can you share the victory. Only so can you have a part in seeing to it that what the Master went through on earth at the hands of men was not in vain.
Posted by The Great Cosmic Story at 8:03 am
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