Friday, April 6, 2012
Be the Christ of your Life - Happy Easter
Jesus was lucky — he underwent physical crucifixion only once in his life. Roman’s mercilessly nailed him to the cross only once. He certainly underwent mental crucifixions many times in his life too.
We keep also undergo mental crucifixions many times in our life. Every time when you are nailed to a situation that you cannot come out — it is a crucifixion. The cross may be big or small. But the act is the same. You keep carrying crosses all through life. You keep getting nailed to the cross many times in life. Because what life is — nothing but full of crosses and nails.
You are nailed to the past if you are not able to come out of it. You are nailed to the future if you are not able to live in the present. Resurrection happens in the present. When you are able to pull of the nails of past and future; you are resurrecting yourself in the present. You are living in the present. Every time when you are getting nailed if you are able to resurrect yourself, you are living your life. You are partaking not only in the crucifixion but also in the resurrection of Christ. I feel, that is the real meaning of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection for us today.
If Jesus would have remained dead, then you would not have called him Christ. What made him different from all other mortals was nothing but resurrection. He wanted to overcome death by rising from the dead. He proved himself victorious through resurrection. Not even death could defeat him. He proved to humanity that every time when you are succumbed to situations of death, you have to be different and overcome the problems in life. So every time when you are able to come out of a problem which you face in your life, understand that you are resurrecting yourself and being a true follower of Jesus Christ or a Christ.
Jesus became Christ through resurrection. I think the meaning of Christ is nothing but the one who became victorious over death. One who is able to overcome problems of his life by living in the present. One who is aware of himself and able to move with the need of the hour. One who can take care of himself even when the entire humanity disowned him and rejected him. One who is able to eat the problem itself and solve the problems of life. Every time when you are finding a solution to your problems of life, understand that you are a Christ. You become a true follower of Christ. Christ becomes your role model in life. So you don’t need a baptism to become a follower of Christ. You have to baptize yourself internally — there takes place the transition and transformation to Christhood. Are you ready for that? Do you want to be a Christ?
How can you resurrect yourself when you live in the past? How can you resurrect yourself when you live in the future? Resurrection happens only in the present — Here and Now. You need not be a Christian to witness the death and resurrection of Christ. The death and resurrection should happen every moment in your life. Every time when you get stuck with unbridled problems of daily life you are experiencing the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Death is certain and is a reality. Acceptance makes you aware of the reality. When you are accepting the reality of life as it is — you are able to live in the present. Present is what life is! If you are living either in the past or future, you can never dream of resurrecting yourself. Because you are either dead to past or to the future.
The cross got its importance only after Jesus became Christ. Cross would have remained just piece of wooden beams if Jesus would not have become Christ. When you resurrect every time out of a problem understand, you are creating numerous crosses in your life too. People around will certainly admire and appreciate every Cross of your life that created a Christ. If you don’t create a Christ, your Crosses will remain worthless wooden beams all through your life. You have the power to make each Cross of your life invaluable and precious for yourself and others. All what you need is to create a Christ out of each Cross that you have in life — just be victorious over each problem.
Christness is within you. Untap it! You will never lack Crosses in life. But if you are able to make a Christ out of each Cross; your Crosses will be remembered and appreciated by others. You will be happy looking at your own Crosses. No regret of having received the Crosses. Let every problem makes you aware of the Christness in you to experience the Christ and be the Christ. May all your Crosses become precious and invaluable. May you be the Christ of your life.
by Joji Valli