He Was A Man

He Was a Man

When I was a young minister, I came across a man who was addicted to alcohol who was living on the streets.

The man said with a slur in his voice, “Hell is just a disinfesting place!!!”

As I have told several people over the years, this man’s proclamation forever changed the landscape of my consciousness.

He set in motion a profound transition from believing in eternal hell to believing in Universal Reconciliation.

But what was his reward?

He must have walked in the prophetic, just like I do,

He must have had a loving heart, just like I have.

He must have been destined for greatness, just like I am.

So why when he, an older African American Male who was obviously going through tribulations and trials, made his avowal did I not run to him and grab him and begin to pray that whatever the enemy was doing to derail his destiny be reversed and he be lifted high up on a hill so that men might see his good works and glorify their father in heaven?

Why, all of these years, when I have told the story of this man, have I treated him like a prop or a supporting character in my story rather than a man of his own, with his own hopes, dreams, and aspirations?

I remember reading the way in which Yogananda would sometimes talk about Indian Peasants in Autobiography of a Yogi, it was in this similar manner as if they were props or supporting characters in some grand Yogi’s story rather than women and men with their own hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Or have you ever noticed the way that the people who were healed by Jesus in the Gospels were rarely given names, they were often just “a blind man” or “a demoniac” or “a lame man” as if they were little more than props in the story that the disciples were telling about Jesus and themselves,

But right now I assert to you that that man that I met was a man!

He was a man with a destiny and the prophetic anointing to see beyond eternal hell and show me a more excellent way!!!!

And so now I pray, “Lord God, please forgive me for all of the people that I have treated like props or supporting characters in my story.  Please help me to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that every homeless man or woman I bless has a name and a life and a destiny and a story and an anointing, help me to see them Lord God!! Help me to truly see them!!! And Savior please bless that man who changed my life so many years ago, please heal him of all that ails him, please set him high on a mountain of ease and comfort and joy and happiness, please bring him abundance, and please restore him in every way, that I may meet him again, high and lifted up above all humiliation and shame, and I may glorify my Father in heaven!

The Power of the Son

Some folks point to the cross as Jesus’ crowning achievement, as though the cross legitimized him or validated his claim to be the only Son of God and the Messiah of humanity.  In reality, it was the fact that Jesus’ was the indisputable Son of God that gave the cross its significance.  Thousands of oppressed people throughout the Roman Empire had been crucified during Jesus’ lifetime.  What made Jesus’ sacrifice so special was not that he died in a violent or humiliating way, as thousands of other human beings had done.  Rather it was the fact that the oldest Divine Being in existence save The Father in heaven and The Holy Spirit was humble enough to not only live as an infantile human being, but he was willing to be humiliated by one of the most cruel agents of torture and control in history.  And he did this so that he could transform it into an agent of healing for the planet.  When a person ponders the cross of Jesus with true humility and gratitude, they are accessing possibly the most powerful source of wholeness and empowerment in the Universe.  The blood of Jesus, the cross on which he was crucified, the stripes that he bore in his body as Isaiah prophesied he would, and the power of his resurrection are the four most powerful living symbols in existence for the healing of the spirit, soul, and body.  Right now in this century there are Christians and non-Christians, most of whom are unknown to the western imperial consciousness who are teleporting, speaking telepathically, miraculously healing at will, levitating, manipulating matter, regenerating, and living indefinitely.  But when the true power of the cross, the blood, the stripes, the resurrection, and the Son of God himself are revealed to all humanity in their truth rather than under the guise of fear or domination, then the miracle working power and the blissful ecstasy of every human being on the planet earth will operate on a level that the creation has never experienced.  There is no such thing as eternal punishment.  There is no such thing as God’s wrath.  There is no such thing as Karma.  There is no such thing as creating your own reality.  There is no such thing as any other demonic delusion that would cause human beings to be afraid or believe that there fates are in the hands of anything besides a loving God who will ensure that they all come to know true healing and salvation through the risen Lord.  There is only Jesus and his infinite love for us all.

Holy Spirit,

Thank you for your love.  Thank you for communing with our holy Father to give birth to the greatest entity that any human being could ever imagine, the Lord of the Prophets, the Sage of all Sages, the King of Kings, the Ancient of Days, and the only true hope for the planet earth.  Holy Spirit, please destroy the demonic delusions and forces that keep those of us who believe in him on a cross of futility, fear, dysfunction, and hatred.  Holy Spirit please heal the body of Christ such that for the first time in modern history the true Sons and Daughters of God are revealed to the creation and all manner of injustice, cruelty, and misery are forced to evaporate beneath the light of our revelation.  And Holy Spirit thank you for all of the people from non-Christian religions who have reflected the light of God as the world has writhed in confusion and fear.  Thank you for their incredible faith, power, hope, and love.  Now please reveal to all of them the mysterious epiphany of Jesus of Nazareth, not the prophet, not the sage, not the master-soul, but rather the living God who was, who is, and is to come.  Amen.