What Is The Jesus Paradox?

I am happy to share Wendy Peterson’s response to my past meditation, What Is the Jesus Paradox?  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  I was delighted to hear from Wendy last week and with her permission share it this week.

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Jesus was God and man in this way:

In the English Standard Version of the Bible it states in the initial Book of John:  ‘In the beginning was The Word and The Word was with God and The Word Was God.’  Jesus, of course, is The Word. 

However, as in the same way any son separates from his father at conception, Jesus became a separate entity when He was begotten of the Holy Spirit and Our Lady.  From then on, Jesus was and is a separate person and personality now seated on the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

Jesus explains this concept further in the first Book of John:   ‘I want you to be one with me as I am one with the Father.’  This is what He meant, earlier, when He stated: ‘I and the Father are one’ and which a few passages later He explained, I am in the Father and the Father is in Me.’ 

He and the Father are one spiritually as He wants us to be one with Him, spiritually. We become one with Him spiritually by inviting into our lives the Christ spirit – the resurrected Jesus – as He had the Spirit of God within, and then drinking in His words and digesting them.  In one sense, we are what we eat; and, in another sense, what we focus on and believe (we also do) and become.

Go Further

Enjoy a past interview with Amos Smith based upon his first book, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots.

Amos Smith, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots

Amos Smith, Be Still and Listen: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life

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