Many people (at least in Russia) considering themselves Christians believe that Christ is something like Jesus’ last name. Thus, these two words (Jesus and Christ) become closely related in their minds.
But the fact is that Christ is not a last name but rather a title or a post. Christos is a Greek word; its Hebrew equivalent is Moshiach, or Messiah in modern spelling. By these words they call the One who comes to the Earth from God-the-Father — as a Part of Him — to give help of the highest Divine level to incarnate people.
In order to understand this phenomenon correctly, one has to comprehend well all that was said in the previous chapters: that God-the-Father is One Consciousness and, at the same time, He is a totality of former human Consciousnesses merged into Him. These Consciousnesses were individualized in the past, but after attaining full spiritual self-realization and merging into God-the-Father, They dwell in His Abode in the state of mutual mergence, forming a single Whole. This idea is expressed in the Gospel of John (1:4): “In Him (in God-the-Father) was life, and the life was the Light of Men”. There is a similar statement in the Gospel of Philip (87): “The Sons of the Bridal Chamber (the Abode of the Creator, where one merges with Him in Love) have one and the same name (i.e. They all are God-the-Father now)”. But They — former human beings who became consubstantial with God-the-Father — are capable of individualizing Themselves again for a time in the form of the Holy Spirit if it is necessary for the purpose of fulfilling a certain task of God-the-Father.
Therefore, it is correct to say that Jesus Christ is a Part of God-the-Father and that it was not always so: Jesus also has a human past. When was it? — in this or one of the previous Manvantaras? — it does not matter. It is only important that upon attaining full Perfection and merging with God-the-Father, He came to people from the Abode of the Father as a Part of Him with a Mission of helping them.
There were several Christs on the Earth during the history of humankind. They came to the Earth at different times and to different nations, each time creating a hearth of spiritual culture, giving knowledge about God, about the meaning of human life on the Earth and the Path to the ultimate Goal. Jesus Christ was One of Them.
From the description of Jesus’ childhood, we know that even at the age of twelve He astonished teachers of Jerusalem with His wisdom in a religious conversation (Luke 2:42-52).
The further period of Jesus’ life is described in two sources: The Life of Saint Issa, Best of the Sons of Men and in the Tibetan Gospel. This is what is written in the former:
“When Issa had attained the age of thirteen years, the epoch when an Israelite should take a wife, the house where His parents earned their living by carrying on a modest trade began to be a place of meeting for rich and noble people, desirous of having for a son-in-law young Issa, already famous for His edifying discourses in the name of the Almighty. Then it was that Issa left the parental house in secret, departed from Jerusalem, and with merchants set out towards the Indus River…” (4:10-12).
In every land that Jesus visited during these years — India, Tibet, Persia — He healed the sick, raised people from the dead, opposed paganism, and preached about Universal God-the-Father and about the Path to Him. His favorite audience was people of lower social-economic ranks, later it was the same in Judaea.
In the homilies in India, He taught, for example, the following:
“Worship not the idols, for they hear you not. Listen not to the (four) Vedas, for their truth is counterfeit. Never put yourself in the first place and never humiliate your neighbor.
“Help the poor, support the weak, do ill to no one, and covet not that which you have not and which you see belonging to another.” (5:26-27).
In Persia, answering questions of the highest priest of the Zoroastrian faith, He said the following:
“… Even as a babe discovers in the darkness its mother’s breast, so even your people, who have been led into error by your erroneous doctrine and your religious ceremonies, have recognized … their father in the Father of Whom I am the prophet.
“The Eternal Being has said to your people through the medium of My mouth: ‘You shall not worship the Sun (as God), for it is but a part of the world which I created for man.
‘The sun rises in order to warm you during your work; it sets to allow you the repose which I Myself have appointed.
‘It is to Me, and to Me alone, that you owe all that you possess, all that is to be found about you, above you, and below you.’”.
“But,” said the priests, “how could people live according to the rules of justice if it had no preceptors?”
Then Jesus answered, “So long as the people had no priests, the natural law governed them, and they preserved the candor of the souls.
“The souls were in God, and to communicate with the Father they did not have to use the medium of any idol, or animal, or fire, as it is practiced here.
“… The Sun is acting not spontaneously, but according to the Will of the invisible Creator, Who gave it birth.
“… The Eternal Spirit is the Soul of all that is animate. You commit a great sin by dividing It into a ‘Spirit of Evil’ and a ‘Spirit of Good’, for He is only God of Good, Who, like the father of a family, does but good to His children, forgiving all their faults if they repent them.
“The ‘Spirit of Evil’ dwells on the Earth in the minds of those men who turn aside the children of God from the right Path.
“Therefore I say unto you, beware of the day of judgment, for God will inflict a terrible chastisement upon all those who shall have led His children astray from the right Path and have filled them with superstitions and prejudices!…” (8:8-20).
There is also an account of some words that Jesus said to Tibetans:
“I came to demonstrate the human potential. What I do, (may) everyone be able to do. What I am, (may) everyone be. These boons are for every nation, (they are) the water and bread of life.” (Tibetan Gospel).
Jesus “returned to the land of Israel” only at the age of twenty-nine (The Life of Saint Issa, 9:1). It is that which He did and said there that became well known to the future generations.
Upon returning to the native land, Jesus with several disciples-assistants began to travel, visiting many towns and villages. He worked wonders such as healing sick people and raising people from the dead, preached in synagogues, in houses, in the open air about what the Heavenly Father wants people to be.
Thousands of people listened to Jesus, witnessed miracles and got healed of their diseases. Some of them gave up their earthly occupations and joined Jesus in order to travel with Him and to learn from Him.
He taught them by explaining the Path to Perfection and by demonstrating the methods of spiritual healing and meditative techniques.
No doubt, He wanted to find them as people to whom He could give all the highest knowledge about the Father. He wanted them to enter the Abode of the Father together with Him. “Father! I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am!…” (John 17:24)
But when He said something that exceeded their ability to comprehend, they surprised Him with their lack of understanding, many left Him doubting the adequacy of His words and even His sanity… (John 10:19-20; 13:36-38; 14:5-7; 16:17-18; Luke 9:54-56, etc.)
Even His mother and brothers once came to the place where He was preaching to take Him home, for they decided that He was insane if He was saying things like that… (Mark 3:21,31-35)
At the end — after three years of teaching, giving discourses, working wonders — He was with only 12 male disciples (one of them was Judas Iscariot who betrayed Him later) and Mary Magdalene.
And where were the crowds of thousands of excited commoners who listened to His sermons, ate the food that He materialized for them, and got healed of various diseases?…
It turned out that these crowds did not need the Teachings about the efforts that one has to make in order to enter the Kingdom of God. They wanted Jesus only to heal, to pay attention to them… (Luke 9:11)
Jesus saw this and began to avoid the crowds: “… Crowds of people came to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses, but He often withdrew to lonely places…” (Luke 5:15-16).
Yes, He healed some of them, but it could not continue like this forever. He wanted people to learn the true faith, to make personal efforts on becoming better. Then the diseases would go away by the Will of the Father… “You faithless and perverse generation, how much longer must I be with you, bear with you?!” He cried once because of hopelessness of this situation (Luke 9:41).
And the crowd, being stirred up against Him by the priests, got angry… “… You look for an opportunity to kill Me, (only) because there is no place in you for My word!…” He said once trying to bring them to reason… (John 8:37)
But it was too late: the crowd of resentful wanting primitive people got more and more angry because they could receive more but were given too little…
Soon, the same people yelled to Pilate: “Crucify, crucify Him!”… (Luke 23:21).
“And they having taken the Lord pushed Him as they ran, and said: ‘Let us hale the Son of God, now that we have gotten authority over Him!’ And they put on Him a purple robe and made Him sit upon the seat of judgment, saying: ‘Give righteous judgment, you King of Israel!’ And one of them brought a crown of thorns and set it upon the Lord’s head, and others stood and spat in His eyes, and others buffeted His cheeks, and others did prick Him with a reed, and some of them scourged Him, saying: ‘With this honor let us honor the Son of God!’” (The Gospel of Peter, 3:6-9)
… Why did the clergy not accept Him? There were no formal differences between them and Jesus as to the faith’s basis: they spoke about the same God-the-Father, they referred to the same Jewish Bible…
But in reality there were very important differences between them: Jesus preached Living God, Whom He knew very well personally; while the priests only believed in God without knowing Him. With the help of religion, they secured a good social rank and material well-being for themselves and therefore wanted to protect the foundations of their confession.
What did these foundations consist of? They consisted of a number of detailed religious ceremonials, rules of everyday life and repressive measures against their transgressors.
If there is such a confessional structure with temples, impressive shows in the form of worship services, an ideology pervading the whole society, and fear of God’s retribution inculcated in the minds of people, then the priests of this confession become very exasperated if someone disturbs this way of life: if this person says that it is wrong and that the priests are hypocrites who do not know God but deceive people…
It is always the case with “mass” confessions, which put the emphasis on ritualism and rules of conduct and inevitably forget Living God…
In Judaea at that time, the one who opposed religious hypocrisy was Jesus Christ — a Messenger of God-the-Father…
Jesus knew from God-the-Father that the end of His earthly life was coming. He also knew what kind of death He was going to suffer.
Could He avoid it? — Of course, He could! He could simply leave Judaea together with His disciples, and all would have been satisfied, people would have settled down and forgotten about Him.
But He did not leave. Why?
Because if He had done it, no one would have remembered about Him after a few years, there would have been no Christian Churches, no New Testament…
This is why the plan was different.
The plan was, first, to fulfill all the prophecies about the earthly life of the Christ-Savior to come — to the extent that “not one of His bones will be broken” and “they will look at the One they have pierced”. That is, when the soldiers broke the legs of the two criminals crucified together with Jesus to allow them to die before nightfall, Jesus had left His body already, and the soldiers just pierced His side with a spear… (John 19:31-37)
Second, His death and the days that followed were marked by many miracles: darkness fell too soon, the curtain of the Jerusalem temple got torn in two “by itself”’ (Luke 23:44-45), Jesus’ body disappeared from where it was placed, Jesus several times appeared to His disciples materializing a body, He had conversation with them, edified them.
But people were astonished most of all by the evident “Resurrection of Jesus from the dead”. Though these people were religious, they did not understand that after parting with the body every man arises in the other world with self-awareness in the non-corporeal form (Matt 22:30). Jesus proved this and actually did much more: with His Divine Power He dematerialized His body taken down from the cross and then several times materialized it again for some time.
His disciples, Paul, and then many others devoted their lives to preaching about the Son of God Who came to the Earth, was crucified, and then arose, Who taught about the Heavenly Father and about how to enter His Abode.