The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are cornerstone events in Christian theology. But have you ever wondered how God, a Holy and Divine Being, could be appeased by such a bloody and brutal act as the murder of Jesus on the cross? Taking a step back from that, have you wondered why God, being perfect, would have created people so terrible in the first place that a blood sacrifice was necessary to atone for their transgressions? Could it be that the crucifixion and resurrection really happened as described in the Bible, along  with other “supernatural” events in the life of Jesus,  but that their true meaning and purpose have been lost or distorted?

As children, we sometimes played a game called “Telephone’; perhaps you know it by one of its other names,  “Whispers”, “Grapevine”, or “Gossip”. Sitting in a circle, the first player whispers a phrase or sentence to the next player, who whispers that message to the next person, and so on.  The humor of the game stems from the fact that the message that reaches the last person in the circle is always different from the original, sometimes wildly so. This happens mostly because players “mis-hear” what was spoken to them; sometimes, in addition, mischievous players will deliberately alter the message.

Given the prominence of the concepts of love and forgiveness taught by Jesus in the New Testament, are we to think that the main message of His life is about guilt, suffering, and death?  If we look at the outcome of Jesus’ life, His resurrection, instead of staring at the cross, we see enacted the triumph of life over death, and a demonstration of the eternal nature of the soul. What if the early church had not put so much focus on the crucifixion, and mankind’s “debt” of “sin”, but instead had seen in Jesus’ resurrection the truth and all its implications: that we are non-physical beings who have eternal life and can't be "killed"? What if, instead of cross after cross with Jesus’ body suspended in agony, Christian churches were adorned with beautiful paintings of sunrise, signifying His glorious resurrection and joyous entry into Heaven?

The book of Matthew, chapter 17, describes the transfiguration of Jesus: ‘His face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light’. Why don’t we put up more pictures of  this spiritual event? The question to look at is, what truths was the Master demonstrating through His  life on earth? What meaning did His death represent? And what does the Resurrection mean to us today?  Again, looking at the outcome of His life, the message is clear: not that we are miserable, hopeless creatures, riddled with sin, saddled with guilt, but that we are glorious, eternal spirits, united with God, as individual waves are inseparably part of the vaster ocean, as each sunbeam connected with the sun.

If resurrection is the message, what do we know about it? In the channeled book, Into the White Light: The Revelations of Archangel Michael, the author quotes the angel:

“ To resurrect means to re-build, restore, re-new, retain, re-claim. There are commandments to be retained and resurrected. There are ideas that are to be reclaimed and resurrected. There are faiths that are to be reclaimed and resurrected. In this word ‘resurrect’, there is everything universal. It is pure oneness. Oneness with one's self. Self-love is also worthy of resurrecting! And there is the sense of awe and wonder to be restored, for all that is miraculous in life.”

This is the meaning of the resurrection of Jesus: We are spirit, and miracles of resurrection are available to us daily,  or even moment-to-moment. At any time, we can experience spiritual re-birth and renewal, simply by desiring it, and being willing to receive it. It may mean that we have to let go of old beliefs, but resurrection always happens when we reach for it, when we are willing to become different than we were before - forgiven, and forgiving; compassionate; thankful ; and joyful; "transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2).

It is not to say that Jesus did not suffer for mankind’s sake, but if we lift our eyes to the shining legacy of His life, and death, it was not to leave us with a burden of guilt and condemnation. His ministry is found in His teachings and in the demonstration of His true nature as a Son of God, a spiritual Being who is One with God, Whose spiritual knowledge, faith, and belief overcame the bounds of the physical world. In showing us His true nature, He showed us our own. As we contemplate the glory and triumph of the Resurrection, may our spirits be lifted and our minds inspired to consciously experience more and more of the truth our souls know inwardly: the reality of our own powerful and eternal connection with the Spiritual. In the life of our holy elder brother, Jesus, may we see that we, too, are Sons and Daughters of God, and that God’s mercies are not only "new every morning", but can be new (renewed, resurrected) every moment. We simply need to believe that they are there for us, we are entitled to them, can receive them, and that others are equally entitled to receive them. Anyone can be resurrected. In any moment.  In any number of moments. Now and forever. Amen. Happy Easter!

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Excerpt from ‘Into the White Light - The Revelations of the Archangel Michael’  by Kelly Hampton

used by permission