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  • Stephen Hale
    ... wrote: You see, as a fisherman who toiled by the sweat of his brow, he hated these overlords of the empire who proudly walked and snooped amongst the
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 22, 2007
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      --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Hale" <sardisian01@...>
      wrote:

      "You see, as a fisherman who toiled by the sweat of his brow, he
      hated these overlords of the empire who proudly walked and snooped
      amongst the people, evincing their vacuous superiority. He groused
      every time he got off the boat."

      I love James Farentino's portrayal of Peter in the epic, "Jesus of
      Nazareth", with Robert Powell as Jesus. It has always resonated with
      me in a manner that has only grown due to the fact that Peter, from all
      the scant historical accounts of this man, really was the guy that
      Farentino depicted. He hated those roman bastards with a passion that
      would only be subrated through meeting Christ-Jesus; and even then, he
      followed with a certain suspicion of this man's sincerity and true
      intent. It would come in stages, as he progressively saw that the
      miraculous had really been born on earth, in order to make him a fisher
      of men rather than the fish that had provided for the family he now had
      abandoned.

      And the writer of the Gospel of John gives more reference to this
      disciple than all the other three put together. For this writer knew
      who had led the twelve until he came along. Remember what he wrote in
      the last chapter of his own gospel, when Peter went out on the boat
      with several others on the newly renamed Sea of Tiberius. This writer
      observed because he was on the boat as the two unnamed.

      And when Peter took off his shirt and jumped overboard in order to
      attempt to haul the catch in himself, it means something about this
      man. He wants to know what it is for him to do. And he gets the
      answer in spades.

      Steve
    • Stephen Hale
      ... wrote: And when Peter took off his shirt and jumped overboard in order to attempt to haul the catch in himself, it means something about this man. He
      Message 2 of 10 , Jun 23, 2007
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        --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Hale" <sardisian01@...>
        wrote:

        "And when Peter took off his shirt and jumped overboard in order to
        attempt to haul the catch in himself, it means something about this
        man. He wants to know what it is for him to do. And he gets the
        answer in spades."

        It seems most interesting that the disciple "whom the Lord loved" and
        the disciple who is asked by the Lord three times: "Do you love me"?
        would be together on the shore of the Sea of Galilee for the very last
        appearance of the risen Jesus that day. One is implored to: "feed My
        sheep, and tend My lambs", and the other only has to stand nearby.

        If we look back a little ways, the latter literally outruns the former
        after Mary Magdalene reports that the tomb where the body was laid is
        now empty. But, after looking in and seeing that it is so, it is Simon
        who walks away amazed in anticipation of what this means. And it would
        be he who would see the Christ first the next day. For his eyes had
        been made to see all the passion and travail imposed on an utterly
        guiltless human being. He saw it all with physical eyes and ears, and
        the touch and feel that corresponds to these, while the others were
        blunted from experiencing the pain and suffering in such a direct
        manner. This is one of the secrets of the Last Supper ritual, which
        acted to perform the temple sleep imposed on initiates of former times,
        although back then it meant being laid in a grave for three days.
        These twelve would experience its fruit in a different manner, standing
        together in the upper room provided by Joseph of Arimathea; the one who
        had graciously and courageously offered his own resting place for the
        interment of Jesus.

        Soon the missions would fan out in support of feeding the sheep, and
        tending the lambs of God. To the north, south, east and west, the
        life, death and resurrection of Jesus would begin to become known in a
        fashion that corresponds exactly to how spiritual evolution works; one
        day at a time.

        Steve
      • Stephen Hale
        ... wrote: Soon the missions would fan out in support of feeding the sheep, and tending the lambs of God. To the north, south, east and
        Message 3 of 10 , Jun 25, 2007
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          --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Hale"
          <sardisian01@...> wrote:

          "Soon the missions would fan out in support of feeding the sheep, and
          tending the lambs of God. To the north, south, east and west, the
          life, death and resurrection of Jesus would begin to become known in
          a
          fashion that corresponds exactly to how spiritual evolution works;
          one
          day at a time."

          So, in today's time reference we can contemplate how the Summer
          Solstice stands at the mid-point of the year, between the two
          equinoctial points that mark the great Spring and Fall movements of
          the earth-elementals. Summer is to life, what winter is to death.
          Yet, just one week before the beginning of a new year in January,
          which begins on the same day the whole world over, we mark the
          festival of the birth of Jesus. Thus, a new birth out of the season
          of death is celebrated on December 25th of each year as a reminder
          that the earth-elementals are not really dead below the surface of
          the ground that they proudly stood upon just three months ago, but
          just sleeping in the bosom of the gentle tellurian mantle until the
          call comes to awaken again and strive upward once more to meet the
          Christic light of the Sun.

          It is in this same respect that we must consider Saint John's Day,
          occurring as it does at the point of midyear, when the Christ Sun is
          high in the sky and the length of days is twice that of night here
          in the temperate zone of the western and eastern hemispheres. Twice-
          light is an indication of who Lazarus really is, and became over the
          course of those forty days from the point when he was raised from
          the dead by the Christ Light Itself, until the return to the house
          of Lazarus on the Sabbath just before the walk to Jerusalem for the
          final time. For he now sits at the table as one of the disciples,
          having become the very first human being on earth to experience the
          new form of baptism that Christ came to earth to assure for all
          humanity. And he is loved for the living proof that this act has
          given to the world, in spite of the danger it implies for those who
          would have both Jesus and Lazarus killed for no other reason than
          that the people are turning toward truth and freedom.

          Steve
        • Stephen Hale
          ... wrote: And he is loved for the living proof that this act has given to the world, in spite of the danger it implies for those who would
          Message 4 of 10 , Jun 28, 2007
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            --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Hale"
            <sardisian01@...> wrote:

            "And he is loved for the living proof that this act has
            given to the world, in spite of the danger it implies for those who
            would have both Jesus and Lazarus killed for no other reason than
            that the people are turning toward truth and freedom."

            So, when we consider all this having taken place, and thus leading
            the people exclaiming their 'hosannas', and laying palm branches
            down for the feet of the donkey upon whom the Messiah rides into
            Jerusalem, it makes one wonder what would cause all of this initial
            glory to evaporate into nothingness, and actually allow a thief to
            be exonerated from the brutality of crucifixion in favor of putting
            a truly guiltless man up on the cross.

            It is because of Pilate, not Caiaphas that Jesus is crucified.
            Pilate had the authority to exonerate this man, whom he saw as guilt-
            free, but instead, he left the decision to Caiaphas, and the people
            of Israel to decide who to let go free. The Jews bear the
            responsibility for the crucifixion of Jesus, and it has lasted for
            two thousand years. They need to get over it; accept the fact that
            it had to take place for the good of spiritual evolution, and move
            on.

            For it is Pontius Pilate, high procurator of the Roman Empire that
            sees to it that Jesus is put upon the cross to suffer for the sins
            of man. Ohe, yes indeed. And then lets the Jewish people decide
            the fate in a very clever act; one that they suffer for to this very
            day.

            The truth is that Pontius Pilate was a magi, reincarnated from the
            Egyptian cultural epoch, and thus bearing the power to manipulate
            through magic. This is how he was able to attain to such a powerful
            position within the empire, which had always maintained its affinity
            with the third cultural epoch. He had the ability, therefore, to
            present Jesus to the people of Israel in such a way that they were
            made to be confused, and thus lost sight of the true concept that
            had made them lay the palm branches down, and give the 'hosannas' on
            their knees in respectful recognition that the Messiah had truly
            come to earth in answer to the Prophets.

            And only one watched it all as it took place; in order to know.

            Steve
          • Stephen Hale
            ... wrote: And only one watched it all as it took place; in order to know. It is said somewhere that Pontius Pilate washed his hands of the matter of
            Message 5 of 10 , Jun 28, 2007
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              --- In anthroposophy@yahoogroups.com, "Stephen Hale" <sardisian01@...>
              wrote:

              "And only one watched it all as it took place; in order to know."

              It is said somewhere that Pontius Pilate "washed his hands" of the
              matter of Jesus' guilt or innocence, and then turned it over to
              Caiaphas for final annunciation (determination). It is also said that
              Pilate wrote a couple of letters after the crucifixion of Jesus in
              which he more than states the fact that he had judged him innocent of
              any wrong-doing. In fact, he more than implores the fact that this was
              what he had determined. But, by giving over to the Jewish hierarchy
              the final denouement in the act of crucifying an innocent man, he also
              implicated himself as the clever and controlling cause of this very
              fateful act. And he suffers the consequences, as his letters imply,
              and as the gospels give reference to as a spiritual fact.

              For this magi of the third cultural epoch, reborn in the fourth in
              order to become the very high procurator of the Roman Empire at the
              time of Christ, would suffer from the very wounds imposed on Jesus, for
              the rest of his life. He would experience the stigmata of the wounds,
              in order to wash his hands continuously as a reminder. This is a
              fact. And also why the apocryphal letters of Pontius Pilate are
              considered spurious and without foundation.

              They are, in fact, true and accurate, as are all the apocryphal
              writings deemed false according to King James.

              Steve
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