Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” “Who is he, sir?” the man asked. “Tell me so that I may believe in him.” Jesus said, “You have now seen him; in fact, he is the one speaking with you.” Then the man said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.
Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
If our outward eyes see but darkness, death and decay then there must of necessity be life and vision elsewhere. We find that the Kingdom of God is within. But how does one take thought captive to consider, ponder Christ who appears invisible to the natural eye when it is conditioned to all that surrounds us? How do we make this place within inner recesses of the mind a dwelling place and see Him and become the very essence of God? To remember of what I am truly made and from where I have come in the natural sense is seemingly impossible. In Revelation we are advised to remember from where we have fallen and to return to our first love which to me means the essence of life given at natural birth and not rebellion. For I have come from God and it is to Him I return which has become my life’s desire and life’s goal.
This transition can only occur with the able assistance of the Holy Spirit who is to guide me into all truth. The Son’s of God are to be led by the Spirit and this must become my abode for prayer as well. Ah, the depths of the soul and I wonder just how deep the soul is? I surmise that by delving deep into the soul a door is to be found that brings one out of the temporal into that broad plain of beauty and eternal life. I must descend into that place and rise up again as prototyped by Jesus and come unto that place where He is and where all Overcomers must come. Thought and issues of self – preservation circumvent and blind us from this truth. It is the flesh that would have us believe that it is the life when in reality it is death and decay. St. Paul saw this conflict and struggle within. He knew where Truth lies and desired it more than anything else but he also acknowledged the flesh and its powerful sway over him and thought himself wretched. He sought to remove these darts of the flesh only to find a God who tells him about Grace. One might think of the thorns of the flesh was in part the thorns found in the crown Jesus was crowned with at the crucifixion.
We all know that Jesus overcame the flesh and all of its infirmities as Paul does also come to know later. It is the Sword of Truth who cuts these two enemies asunder and it the Consuming Fire that purifies and makes Holy. These two, Truth and Fire, that are the guardians to the gates of Eden which is the very gate we must all pass through. This process then exemplifies the need for the crucifixion of the flesh just as Jesus demonstrated as the very first one through. Follow me says the Lord and do the works that I do. A seed must go in to the ground and die (germinate) before the growth (outward) appears bearing fruit, which is the fruit of the Spirit. The Spirit of God (measure or seed of faith) has been placed within us (the earthy flesh body) where it must die or germinate under the watchful eye of the One True Husbandman. From this fertilized seed does come a plant, a tree which is nurtured and brought through a growth process that proclaims of the Coming bearing fruit and providing shade to other seekers. This tree (You) is pruned and carefully watched over by the Holy Spirit so that you bear much fruit and help bring us all to Fruition and we are blind no more.