Christ’s Uncertainty - Gethsemane
Jesus Christ is God’s offspring. He is a spirit select above all others. Christ authored and argued the concept of man’s Free Will in the preexistence. Accordingly, he was specifically called as the vessel of atonement for mankind. Christ’s divine ancestry and destiny assured he would obtain a human body and exemplify the condition of humanity as a consequence. The responsibilities of Christ’s calling and the preparation of his soul necessitated he commune with man on earth and conduct life in the same state of isolation and dispossession. Christ’s soul, perhaps more than any other, required an earthly existence to enable his profound and fundamental role in God’s design for eternal salvation. Christ confronted the physical and cognitive deprivations all men (and his father) faced. His recollections of the pre-existence, and prior relationship with God were concealed. For Christ to optimally function as the savior, he must intimately experience and circumvent, the multitude of tribulations human life portends and the consequences they impose. These are essential ingredients for Christ’s sacrifice to attain and convey the purpose intended. Christ must suffer pain, navigate the solitude, and transcend the uncertain conditions earthly life expresses, and more. He was required to complete this mission within the physical parameters and operational dynamics that Must Exist throughout the universe. (God too, survived a similar physical life and revealed that in Genesis – “in his own image”.)
Some may contend against this interpretation and ancillary assertions. They contend Christ knew his unique Godly standing before and during his life on earth. Some assert Christ’s life was foreordained. Others argue God and Christ are one and the same.
For these assertions to have merit, they must explain: What purpose does Christ’s earthly life serve, if the content of life was preordained, and the outcome predetermined? If Christ came to earth with a comprehensive, intimate, and unconditional knowledge of God and the pre-existence, he needn’t subdue temptation, dispense charity, or master self-control. He has no need for Faith – he knows. The purpose for a thirty-three year life in human form is dubious and unnecessary unless Christ is denied that knowledge. To accomplish his earthly mission Christ was provided the Free Will he sponsored in the pre-existence, a body, an the opportunity to properly negotiate an environment filled with enticements of the flesh - like all mankind. Importantly, Christ’s actions while alive must exclusively arise from FAITH that a God exists. Faith is preeminent in God’s eternal paradigm. God’s immense powers are contingent upon faith. Christ’s applications of faith throughout his life fulfilled his calling and conditioned his soul to evolve into the Savior.
Lucifer confronted Christ while he fasted in the desert. If foreordination rules the cosmos, what is the purpose of a confrontation with Lucifer? The same outcome will obtain regardless of what happens, or doesn’t. Conversely, the confrontation where Christ overtly rebuked and denied Lucifer was a necessary occasion to verify Christ exercised his Free Will, and faith, properly, adequately.
If Christ’s calling and eternal status was assured, there is no need for conflict. Christ’s death can occur immediately after birth without life’s temptations. Christ needn’t suffer trials and tribulations. The need to expand his intellect and insight – or exercise and master his Free Will, to show evidence of a perfected Faith is pointless. Christ’s expression of compassion and charity, his delivering miracles due to his exceptional faith needn’t occur. (But imagine the awe and wonder Christ felt, when, with no recollection of the pre-existence and no divine insight, he prayed and applied his Faith so perfectly a miracle ensued. That had to have been a marvelous, life-changing, event.)
Conditions and events that tempt ungodly behaviors are profuse and unavoidable requirements for ALL men – especially Christ. Christ needed to surmount them all perfectly – or at a superior and satisfactory level. Christ was required to prove and perfect his faith, act to become worthy, and exhibit the dedication his calling mandates. What else explains Christ’s behaviors while on earth? The totality of his experiences: love, compassion, charity, anger, indecision, fear, and doubt are vital components and indicative of his superior effort. Christ was not perfected when he came to earth. His life upon earth perfected him and at times revealed the depth of his humanity.
Christ’s reluctance to sacrifice his life in a cathartic moment of crisis in Gethsemane, obviously indicates his life became increasingly precious to him the longer it lasted. It additionally infers he was subject to emotional influences and potentially feared death. Moreover, if the universe is predetermined, why did Christ pray to avoid death? To whom did Christ Pray? If Christ and God are the same being, offering a prayer is ludicrous? Christ’s doubt and uncertainty are reaffirmed upon the cross when in misery, and sensing abandonment, he asked: “Why have thou forsaken me?” Again, this indicates Christ and God are separate beings, and Christ doubted his Father’s conviction towards his peril.
If Christ knew for a certainty he was the Christ and Savior; he has no fear, no hesitation, no equivocation or regret. He helps the Romans nail himself on the cross. He knows the glory that lies ahead. That did not happen. Christ experienced a very human and emotional moment of truth. Christ’s faith abandoned him. Doubt, fear, indecision, and terror are all necessary components in Gethsemane. Thankfully, Christ surmounted them. Otherwise, he may be unfit to be the Savior and satisfy the conditions of his calling. Christ’s life events transformed his immortal soul!
After Christ prayed asking to avoid death, he eventually capitulated. But his hesitation and indecision reveal a very mortal emotional reaction that indicates he appreciated and treasured his earthly experiences and life. Christ was an exceptional spirit and man who lived through, and crafted extraordinary experiences. Heavenly emissaries visited him. He was translated. But the magnitude of those events did not entirely relieve Christ’s humanity or the attendant doubts that infest life for all men. The conditions of the flesh are powerful. Christ's equivocation is evidence of his passion for earthly life, fear of pain, death, and the uncertainty human life precipitates. Affections of the flesh intensely influence human perspectives and behaviors – even Jesus Christ’s! Learning Christ became weak and wished to escape his fate is a reality all Christians should take to heart and use to supplement their own moments of weakness. Resisting temptation, as Christ eventually did, is the means that improve insight on structuring a life properly.
The physical requirements of eternity are intrinsically tied to the development of faith in God, overcoming temptation, and the accumulation of experiences; bolstered by information and intellect acquired throughout a lifetime. The required modifications to the spirit are only obtained by living in human form, without proof God exists, and by taking the proper decisions while alive. Those increase and align the soul in a manner analogous with heavenly, eternal requirements. These requirements also perfectly fit within temporal - scientific realities and evidence. The human soul has mass and physical properties. The soul accumulates sensory and cognitive matter over a lifetime. The soul is organized in a specific manner – contingent upon the matter accrued and the source of the matter accrued. The dynamics resident within eternity – possibly a new dimension or alternative, requires the soul be arranged in a unique configuration and contain specific ingredients that withstands that eternal environment.
Christ fulfilling his calling within the dynamics of a larger universal framework created the opportunity for every soul seeking grace and advancement to the afterlife. Christ shares a larger portion of God’s life energy, his soul, or aura. Aura is fitting term for the complex and comprehensive properties of this remarkable energy – electron/photon. Christ received this eternal energy and authority it contains when he was resurrected. Mankind and Christ are bound to inter-dependence for eternity. Advancing in that domain is a long-term pact of benevolent mutualism endowed by the sire of our souls.