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An Unexpected Seeing of the Temptations of Christ

Dear Friends, Shortly after we began our journey east, thoughts of the temptations of Christ began to enter… unexpectedly, unsolicited, just began to enter. Enter as images, from the process of his being tempted, not so much from detailed memory of the story. An active presence was established, and continued even after we arrived at our daughter’s home. Some coalescence has occurred, thus this note. 

One thing that has been present and increasingly clear, is that the temptations of Christ were/are about choosing – consciously, conscientiously, choosing. Ultimately choosing as to what is to lead our thinking: Will it be coming from above – from the intentionality behind the whole of all, the will of the Source, from essence, the intentional ways?  Or will we be coming from below – from the ruler of the world(JN16:11), from the world of existence, the world and ways of the desires of existence? Seeing in these images a clear deja vu sense of then and now. And too, what was clear is, that the ruler of the world was clearly offering such to Christ, if he would bow before the ruler. Which brought to mind the notion of dominion. Seeing dominion in the context of the world of existence, that which has enabled us to pursue that which we have created – an artificial, nonintentional world of our making. This notion of dominion, man having dominion over earth, has been a troublesome one… both for us, and the whole of life. Clearly Christ turned away from dominion, and towards his work, his intentional purpose for being sent. It was love, the all-inclusive love of the Source, that ultimately dominated his thinking, his path, his choice. Love that reflected the truth that “The earth belongs to He who created it.” 

Out of this imaging process, I awakened one morning and wrote, now with some references to the depictions of his temptations by Mathew 4:1-11, and eventually Luke 4:1-15. Focusing on Matthew, but seeing in Luke a clear sense of “the kingdoms of man.” This is the writing that showed up… which then led to some added seeing… but first this…

Reflecting on the come from below temptations of Christ…Intuitively seeing, accessing wisdom and understanding, essential to the here and unfolding now… seeing through reflectively processing the come from below temptations of Christ. 

The story: Christ, having fasted for forty days and nights on the desert, had transcended – moved into a space, a sacred space, so to speak – the limitations and sensory impulses of existence, the desires of existence; such that he was prepared – open to coming from above, from intent – to experience and envision the temptations of the ruler of the world… the world of existence, disconnected from the essence and intent of the Source – the coming from above intentionality behind the whole of all…

And, as such, was confronted with choosing… willfully choosing. Choosing to enable an authentic yes to the work, the intentional purpose for which he was sent. 

The temptations of the ruler of the world… the world of existence, disconnected…

The temptations: (MT4:1-11) 

1st… Satan: If thou be the son of God, command that these stones be made of bread. Christ: Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Reflection: reflects the whole of the truth of our being intentionally created as living human spiritual beings. 

2nd… Being brought to the pinnacle of the temple. Satan: If thou be the son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give His angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Christ: Thou shall not tempt the Lord thy God.

Reflection: lifts up the truth of faith… of the necessity for us to put our faith in intent… in the Father’s intended ways of working of life and love on this earth; and our work and role in that regard. And too, the truth that reason is essential to living out and from intended ways, but not to be used to justify nonintentional acts. 

3rd… Satan shows Christ the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them – cities, flocks, herds, and everything nature could offer; and says “All these things I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.” Christ: Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, thou shall worship the Lord thy God; and Him only thou shall serve

Reflection: Present within each of these temptations, and of particular focus within this third temptation, is the notion of choice. The exercising of free will, conscious, conscientious, choice. We, not unlike Christ, have within, intentionally within, the necessity for, and the reality of choice… of choosing, not once, but ongoingly. Consciously, conscientiously, of our own free will choosing. A process that requires our moving into particular space, accessing wisdom and understanding on our part… a ‘two or more’ community dialoguing process being necessary for creating the intentional seeing and understanding the exercising of free will consciously, conscientiously, choosing requires. Thus making possible our choosing not to be organized by come from below existence based desires and cultures – cultures that act in ways, reflect the pattern and wishes, of the ruler of the world. It is come from below cultures, that, at this time, act systemically to sustain the patterns of coming from below. The particular patterns we need to transcend, be free of, to come from above, from intent… such that our choices are not organized by come from below existence based desires and cultures; but rather organized by come from above intentionality, intended ways of living and working. Choices that reflect our moving towards being authentic; our moving towards becoming intentional… manifesting our intentional purpose. An ‘in the pattern of Christ’ authentic yessing to our work. And finally, perhaps as an ongoing reminder, a way of sustaining our consciousness, our conscientiousness; a question lifted up by Christ: For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?(MT16:26)

And then my attention was drawn to the going forward prayer of Christ: 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come…(MT6) seeing clearly the coming from above, the transcending of the temptations of coming from below, as the process… the intentional pattern and process… that for which Christ makes possible through the completing and perfecting of his work on this earth… that which calls for an authentic yessing on our part… 

And then to lead us not into temptation… Christ’s prayerful hope that we would not be tested… perhaps not required to be tested in the pattern of Christ. A hope, but not a guarantee… perhaps our willfulness, with regard to temptations, is the process that frees us from such. Which brought to mind, Christ’s exclaiming to Peter: 

Get thee behind me Satan! You are a stumbling block to me. For you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.(JN16:23)

All for now, Terry