The Face of Christ
The Name of Jesus is the name of the one who was a man, but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God. So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer but at one with God. In His complete identification with the Christ, the perfect Son of God, His one creation and His happiness, forever like Himself and one with Him - Jesus became what all of us must be. He led the way for us to follow him. He leads us back to God because he saw the road before him and he followed it.
ďOh my brothers, if only you knew the peace that will envelop you and hold you safe and pure and lovely in the Mind of God, you could but rush to meet Him where His altar is. Hallowed your Name and His, for they are joined here in this holy place. Here He leans down to lift you back to Him, out of illusions into holiness; out of the world and into eternity; out of all fear and given back to Love.Ē
The Face of Christ has to be seen before the memory of God can return. The reason is obvious. Seeing the Face of Christ is perception. No one can look on knowledge. But the Face of Christ is the great symbol of forgiveness. It is salvation. It is the symbol of the real world. It is as near to heaven as possible outside of the gate. Yet from this gate it is no more than just a step inside. It is the final step. And this we leave to God. It is a symbol, too, but as the symbol of His Will alone it cannot be divided. And so the Unity that is reflects becomes His Will. It is the only thing still in the world in part, and yet the bridge to Heaven.
Godís Will is all there is. We can but go from nothingness to everything; from hell to Heaven. Is this a journey? No, not in truth, for truth goes nowhere. But illusions shift from place to place; from time to time. The final step is also but a shift. As a perception it is partly unreal. And yet this part will vanish. What remains is peace eternal and the Will of God.
This is the purpose of the Face of Christ. It is the gift of God to save His Son. But look on this and you have been forgiven. How lovely does the world become in just that instant when you see the truth about yourself reflected there. Now you are sinless and behold your sinlessness. Now you are holy and perceive it so. And now the Mind returns to itís Creator; the joining of the Father and the Son; the unity of unities that stands before all joining but still beyond them all. God is not seen but only understood. His Son is not attacked but recognized.
The world you see is an illusion of a world. God did not create it, for what he creates must be eternal as Himself. Yet there is nothing in the world you see that will endure forever. Some things will last in time than others. But the time will come when all things visible will have an end.
The world stands like a block before Christís face. But true perception looks on it as nothing more than just a fragile veil, so easily dispelled that it can last no longer than an instant. It is seen at last for only what it is. And now it cannot fail to disappear, for now there is an empty place made clean and ready. Where destruction was perceived the face of Christ appears, and in that instant is the world forgot, with time forever ended as the world spins into nothingness from where it came.
And now Godís knowledge, changeless, certain, pure and wholly understandable, enters itís Kingdom. Gone is perception, false and true alike. Gone is forgiveness, for its task is done. And gone are bodies in the blazing light upon the altar to the Son of God. God knows it is His own as it is his. And here They join, for here the Face of Christ has shone away timeís final instant, and now is the last perception of the world without a purpose and without a cause. For where Godís memory has come at last there is no journey, no belief in sin, no walls, no bodies, and the grim appeal of guilt and death is there snuffed out forever.
There is no need for help to enter Heaven, for you never left. But there is need for help beyond yourself as you (are) circumscribed by false beliefs of your Identity, which God alone established in reality. Helpers are given you in many forms, although upon the altar They are one. Beyond each one, there is a Thought of God, and this will never change. God does not help because He knows no need. But He creates all Helpers of His Son while he believes his fantasies are true. Thank God for them, for they will lead you home.
Jesus remains a Savior because he saw the false without accepting it as true. And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions. Is he the Christ? Oh yes, along with you. His little life on earth was not enough to teach the mighty lesson that he learned for all of us. He will remain with you to lead you from the hell you made to God. And when you join your will with his your sight will be his vision for the eyes of Christ are shared. Walking with him is as natural as walking with a brother whom you knew since you were born, for such indeed he is. Some bitter idols have been made of him who would be only brother to the world. Forgive him your illusions and behold how dear a brother he would be to you. For he will set your mind at rest at last and carry it with you unto your God.
Is he Godís only Helper? No indeed. For Christ takes many forms with different names until there oneness can be recognized. But Jesus is for you the bearer of Christís single message of the Love of God. You need no other. It is possible to read his words and benefit from them without accepting him into your life. Yet he would help you a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him, and leave them both to find the peace of God. Yet still it is this lesson most of all that he would have you learn, and it is this:
ďThere is no death because the Son of God is like his Father. Nothing you can do can change Eternal Love. Forget your dreams of sin and guilt, and come with me instead to share the resurrection of Godís Son. And bring with you all those whom He has sent to you to care for as I care for you.Ē
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