One More Thing

One More Thing

This is the story institutional religion will never tell you:

The other story is still there, still found in Bible clues,
  although now covered by tales made up and added decades or even centuries later,
      it is a much more powerful and moving story of Jesus and his students:

After running from the authorities when Jesus was taken prisoner by soldiers, 
     they gathered their courage and returned - through fear and failure - to risk and action,  
          to rescue their Master and friend.

Here is what I think happened:

Jesus did not die on the cross. Clues to this can still be found in the Bible.

Crucifixion usually took several days to kill you, mainly by suffocation, when your legs could no longer lift you to breathe. That is why the soldiers in the gospels broke the legs of the two crucified along with Jesus, to hasten their deaths, but oddly they did not break Jesus’ legs. Why did they do that? They were probably bribed.

So Jesus' friends got him off the cross in a few hours instead of a few days. The gospel also says they used about a hundred pounds of Aloe and herbs - very expensive - and put Jesus in a tomb nearby owned by Joseph of Arimethea.

They got him down.  They rescued their Master and friend. It probably took all they had, certainly all their courage - maybe Mary Magdelene’s every last cent, but they got him down!

Jesus was seen alive later by some of his followers, according to the New Testament. Probably he was revived by the rest and aloe. The earliest NT gospel, Mark, only said he was misssing from the tomb, no resurrection (before it was modified later). Maybe his friends convinced him to get out of the Roman empire and he headed East down the Silk Road, where he may have spent some time as a young man. There is even a grave in Kashmir often atributed to him.

I smile when think of him escaping society - the priests and soldiers, 
        and living in Kashmir with Mary Magdelene, playing with their babies.

Jesus was rescued by the love of his friends  just as he taught them.

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