“God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24 kjv (emphasis is mine)
Perhaps the most difficult trek through our faith journey is the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus the Christ. Have you ever witnessed or even heard of a person returned from hours or days of death? The only recourse we have is to think that a God who is as omnipotent as our God can surely do such a thing. This past week the Christian world observed Holy Week with traditional services leading up to Easter Sunday.
“He is risen! Indeed, he is!” we exclaimed excitedly to one another.
Yet silently we wonder, “Yeah, and how many of you really believe that?”
The mystics do not have that doubt. Those who believe that God is within, without, and all about in every breath, every whisper of wind, every creature, every ripple of water, every flower, every fellow human companion, every thing which was created know for certain that we are not our bodies; rather we are God spirit in a vessel of flesh and bones. Mystics do not doubt the passages which exclaim the resurrection of Jesus the Christ because they have realized that Jesus was the Spirit, Jesus lived the spirit controlled life. Everything Jesus thought, said, did was directed by the God spirit within whom He called Father. Yes, Jesus of Nazareth was human, but, had transcended the dominance of human ego to be at one with the Oneness described as God. His body was mutilated, scourged and beaten; but the Spirit within arose from the fleshly death, i.e. resurrected.
The human ego is not spirit. It is the opposite of love and unity. It is self-serving and it cannot tolerate the concept of being left behind when it’s dwelling place, our body of flesh, dies and decays. It will do whatever is necessary to ensure the separation of man from man, man from earth, man from God. It thrives on self adulation. In its state of egomaniacal control it wants to be greater than Spirit, greater than God.
We were created by God from God’s very breath and in God’s image. John 4:24 tells us that God is spirit. In Genesis 1:26-27
26Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…… 27 God created man in God’s own image, in the image of God man was created…..” Genesis 1:26-27
Read that verse again. The writers of Genesis tell us that we are created in God’s image; the writer of John tells us that God is Spirit; are we not therefore spirit dwelling within a body of flesh and bones?
“Verily, verily I say unto thee. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5-6