We are spiritual, and therefore eternal, beings. That is to say that although we had a beginning, we have no end. Our life on this earth is rooted in time, but away from this life time has no hold on us. There is a day coming for us all when we will be, but time will be no more. Yet the whole of our eternal existence is determined by our reaction to one mystical event that took place many hundreds of years ago at a particular point in time. It was an historical event of earth-shattering importance, yet scoffed at by the unspiritual mind now as then. It is an event that is courageously confronted by genuine seekers after true spirituality, yet hastily dismissed by those who avoid the searching beam of purity, love and peace. It concerns the Messiah.
If we're honest, we have to admit that the world we live in is an imperfect one. The earth's crust moves causing earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. Lions and sharks kill to eat. Ignorant men and their lust for power cause wars and destruction, sometimes on a massive scale. When we think of the suffering that is visited upon the innocent in this rebellious, self-seeking world in which we live, is it difficult to imagine that this same world could turn against one who came to bring love and light, hope, mercy and truth ... the Messiah?
As we look at nature, whether it's the symmetry of a snowflake, the double helix of our DNA or the components of our eyes, we see design, something that the scientific community are admitting to more and more. There is a Creator. Mediaeval mystics, fully aware of the divine presence, were not an ignorant throwback from the dark ages. They were those who had looked beyond this material world and glimpsed a power greater than ourselves. Many who are spiritually aware would I am sure agree that if there is a divine power out there, it would not be unusual for that One to want to communicate with the world it has created. Indeed many religions have avatar myths, but is it too much to expect that the One who made this world could also walk upon it in human form. Surely to such a highly developed individual nothing is impossible. Why should we be surprised then that two thousand years ago one came claiming to have come from before the creation of the world? One whose behaviour, language and lifestyle betrayed not a hint of insanity or insincerity, One who was perfect.
What a contrast to ourselves! We have all done things that we wish we hadn't. Not one of us can say that we're the best human being that's ever lived. In a word we are "flawed." That is not to say we don't have value, that each one of us isn't unique and special, and deserving of love and respect; just that, like the world we live in, we have a bias towards imperfection or wrongdoing that is intimately bound up with ignoring or rebelling against our Maker's guidelines. Messiah Yeshua spoke of someone trying to take a speck out of a friend's eye, while at the same time there was a huge log in their own eye. We rightly condemn child abuse, political corruption and the many evils of our world today, but is it always someone else's fault, or am I not a part of the problem?