This is what Jesus said to the people he taught, not just about himself. Yet in this world there is no indication or proof of the truth of these ideas that Jesus so emphatically taught, that does not require a determination above all else to find this for yourself in a real experience of light as opposed to mere conceptual belief.
One can wait forever hoping it will be shown to him one day. In our split and conceptual mind we always look for salvation in the future, yet the "hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those that hear, will live." (John 5:25) This tells us that every man on earth is actually dead, asleep, and will raise to life by hearing, by truly receiving and accepting the word of God to remember and be born of God. That is the requirement, to be born of God NOW. Otherwise I am dead. Otherwise I will forever seek salvation in idols, dogmas, promises of establishments, leaders, structures, relationships, persons etc. It won't be there. For God is not outside of me. What does this have to do with this world of time and space? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I have to find Him in my Self, in my brother who is my Self. That is the action and transformation that Jesus was teaching 2000 years ago, and now offers in A Course In Miracles. That is the Jesus Deepak Chopra introduces again in his new book, The Third Jesus. Happy reading...
"I want to offer the possibility that Jesus was truly, as he proclaimed, a savior. Not the savior, not the one and only Son of God. Rather, Jesus embodied the highest level of enlightenment. He spent his brief adult life describing it, teaching it, and passing it on to future generations.
Jesus intended to save the world by showing others the path to God-consciousness.
Such a reading of the New Testament doesn’t diminish the first two Jesuses. Rather, they are brought into sharper focus. In place of lost history and complex theology, the third Jesus offers a direct relationship that is personal and present. Our task is to delve into scripture and prove that a map to enlightenment exists there. I think it does, undeniably; indeed, it’s the living aspect of the gospels. We aren’t talking about faith. Conventional faith is the same as belief in the impossible (such as Jesus walking on water), but there is another faith that gives us the ability to reach into the unknown and achieve transformation.
Jesus spoke of the necessity to believe in him as the road to salvation, but those words were put into his mouth by followers writing decades later. The New Testament is an interpretation of Jesus by people who felt reborn but also left behind. In orthodox Christianity they won’t be left behind forever; at the Second Coming Jesus will return to reclaim the faithful. But the Second Coming has had twenty centuries to unfold, with the devout expecting it any day, and still it lies ahead. The idea of the Second Coming has been especially destructive to Jesus’s intentions, because it postpones what needs to happen now. The Third Coming—finding God-consciousness through your own efforts—happens in the present. I’m using the term as a metaphor for a shift in consciousness that makes Jesus’s teachings totally real and vital." (Quote from Part One: The Third Jesus, Redeeming the Redeemer)