December 21, 2012: The End of the Age of Me and The Coming of The Savior

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Tomorrow, 12.21.2012, has pretty much been the day I’ve been waiting for since I started this blog two years ago.

No, I’m not some crazy, apocalyptic hermit sitting in wait for the End Days (sorry to burst anyone’s End of Days fantasies, but the world is not going to end tomorrow). Rather, I am filled with hope and anticipation! Hope for a renewal of the conscience and heart of humanity, and anticipation of the return of The Savior…just not The Savior most probably assume I mean…

No, I do not believe the literal arrival of Jesus Christ on Earth is imminent, nor that it will ever happen. I don’t believe I will ever see the Son of Man coming down upon a cloud. But I do anticipate the Return of The Savior.

You see, The Savior is so much more than a single person, or even a symbol. The Savior is a mindset. A certain kind of conscience. The Savior conscience is a willingness to give everything for the sake of another.

John 15

9. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.

12. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14. You are my friends if you do what I command. 15. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 17. This is my command: Love each other.

I am filled with hope and anticipation for the return of selfless love, and ultimate concern for… each other. I am filled with the hope and anticipation of the return of Love as the ultimate religious practice. I am filled with the hope and anticipation of the return of The Savior in Each of Us.

Realizing The Savior in Each of Us

12.21.2012 was a date set aside by the ancient Mayans to mark the End of an Age, and the beginning of a new Age.

And I can feel it. I know it as a truth deeper than my own soul can stand to feel. I can sense it like the electricity in the air before a coming thunderstorm: we are exiting the Age of Me, and we are about to embark upon a golden age… The Age of We… of Us.

After tomorrow, we all will begin to realize our purpose, our true calling on this Earth, and the whole point to this life: become the Savior. Yes, THE Savior. Just as Jesus taught is to do, through his life, his teachings, and his example. We are to become The Savior. Each and everyone of us.

Now, I am not talking about a million Messiahs running about, all trying to “save the world”. Maybe not the whole world, maybe not even our own countries, or even a town, or our own family… but we ALL can be The Savior to someone else. That’s all it will take. Just one brother or sister in need. We all can become The Savior to at at least one fellow child, and make a life-changing sacrifice for the sake of another.

The Age of Me is over. IT ISN’T ABOUT YOU, OR ME, OR ANY ONE PERSON!! It about US!

Stop waiting for your Ticket to Heaven, stop praying for the End Times to come. Stop wasting your life waiting for anything. There are no reasons not to act now for the sake of another! No, you don’t need security, you don’t need to be asked, you don’t need a damn sign. Just do it. Act.

Bring the Kingdom on Earth as it is in Heaven now! One act of love at a time, in honor of Christ, in the Spirit of Love, and for the sake of the Other.

“Anyone… will do what I have been doing.”

Think it’s impossible? Think it’s blasphemy to think of yourself as a Savior? Wrong. Jesus begged us to do it. He begged us to carry on just as he did: in selfless love.

John 14

12. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

And so it begins tomorrow. One act, one day, one life at a time, and all of humanity will begin to take upon themselves the sweet yoke of love, and begin the glorious work of building a new Age of We, God’s Beloved Community, right here on Earth, right now.

The Great Leveling has begun. The Age of Unveiling is here. The scales will begin to fall away from our hearts and we will no longer see our self-imposed and false separations: no more male or female, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist or Christian. We will no longer see rich or poor, young or old. We will only see ourselves as we truly are, the universal children of God, all made of the same star-stuff, all destined to die the same unceasing death, yet all made to live and love as much and as hard as we can in this short flicker of a life.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of an Age-long celebration. We celebrate our Awakening. We celebrate and cherish our short lives, and the meaning we can imbue them with! We celebrate love.

Tomorrow, we celebrate the end.

But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return. It is the love of God working in the lives of men. This is the love that may well be the salvation of our civilization.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

from “The Role of the Church in Facing the Nation’s Chief Moral Dilemma,” 1957

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Romans 5
"18. Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.
19. For just as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous."

Comments

  1. Mark Ekdahl says:

    And so many are now able to put their messages out there, and realize the multiplicity of opinions, and how much more alike we are with so many others. :)

  2. Jason Leary says:

    The quote from Dr.Martin Luther King was quite spot on .

    However, the critique ought to be offered that though dispensationalists and other apocalyptics often conceive of the second coming of the Lord in crudely literalistic as well as crass terms , it is also talking something of liberty with the text to claim that the return of Jesus involves nothing more than people deciding to act in a way that is Christ- like .

    There is the hope offered in the gospels of Mark , Matthew, Luke, and John that Jesus will return and manifest himself to mankind , and transform the Earth into a new paradigm called ‘The Kingdom’ . Granted, more people acting in a way that Christ like can help in that process .

    According to Luke , Jesus indicated that the Kingdom was already among them in 1 st Century Israel .

    YET, it would be selling the gospel short if we were to truncate the gospel into claiming that there is nothing more to the proposals Jesus made to return again to Earth (which is affirmed most strongly in the parable of the Sheep and Goats found in Matthew 25, where the Son of Man evaluates people from among the nations based on how they treated the poor, the stranger, the least of the brethren ) , than to claim that the statements Jesus made about returning again to Earth meant nothing more than people realizing the inner spiritual potential in them …

    Both the apocalyptic fundamentalism —be it dispensationalist, or historicist, or involving some other sort of crude conception of the final eschaton *and* also the sort of New Agey sort of thinking that marginalizes the role of Jesus in favor of some amorphous claim that says everyone has some sort of so-called “Christ consciousness” , BOTH fail to do the majesty of what Jesus taught justice .

    I would recommend as an alternative conception regarding such matters , the writings written by such Christian theologians as N.T. Wright . Some of the Christian thinkers of the middle ages had some important insights on eschatology as well, notably : Joachim of Flore : who wrote of an age of the Spirit .

    • Duly noted, Jason. Yes, simply to claim “Christ-consciousness” as the sole point of Jesus’ life and ministry (Kingdom Come on Earth theology) IS to sell the Gospels short. However, it is the ONLY theology that has the power to transform our world NOW (and the quality of life for the people in it) until the Second Coming.

      One is active, one is passive. I am not for passive, self-centric theology. I want justice, love and mercy enacted in the hearts of believers NOW. I don’t care about the Life After until I get there.

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