Life is filled with "whens".
When will I find peace of mind?
When will the check come in?
When is enough enough?
When should I make my move?
When will he shut up?
Hundreds more could come to mind.
Easter brings up reflection of one:
When will Christ return?
Yeow, that's a big question.
A nonsense question for some.
Cause for constant watchtower
duty for many others. The subject
is of long-standing debate.
Here's my Easter basket of
Two Cents Worth:
In the gospel of John, Jesus
said that he and "His Father"
would come and make their
abode within our hearts.
He said that this abiding would
happen in a "spiritual" way -
a way that the "world" could not see.
(Jesus had responded to questions
about the Kingdom of Heaven, with
"the Kingdom is within").
So, it can be reasoned that Jesus
was talking about a level of
consciousness, or what Paul later
referred to as "The Mind of Christ"
that we are able to, or would
come to "put on".
And Jesus added, that his
"return" would happen before
"this generation has passed away".
At Pentecost, reportedly about
40 days after Jesus' death on the
cross, an event is described about
how 120 people were "filled with
The Holy Spirit and spoke of
the wonderful works of God."
Peter, one of the disciples, seemed
especially enthusiastic about now
"Knowing" that Jesus was the sender
of this gift of knowing God, and
knowing our Oneness within God.
One opinion (of mine) is that this
event was the `return" of Christ.
That he "sent" the Holy Spirit, the
startling rush of wisdom, the
Awakening, that brings the realization
that not only was Jesus consciously
able to say, "The Father and I are
One if you've seen me you've
seen the Father," but that all who
come to this Nondual Realization
are able to say (Know) the same -
exclusive of theism, even.
For those whose hearts resonate
with the words from Paul's writing
that "When Christ died, I died. When
he was resurrected, I was resurrected.
It is no longer I who lives, but Christ,"
They may have already experienced
Christ's "return" and are the empowered
witnessed and light bearers of the
eventually of Christ's reign on earth -
not the person, Jesus, but the level
of consciousness he spoke of (when
we can resist the anthropomorphic
model) in his teachings.
Another, possibly more expansive
opinion (of mine, again), is that the
return of Christ is the "return" of
Christ Consciousness - the natural
(Mother Nature's) unfolding of the
eventual evolutionary transformation
of all of humankind to a new level
of consciousness of the nondual
reality and peace at last.
When? God knows.