Tuesday, September 18, 2012

HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold Discussion of Verse Nineteen



There's the website with all of the HESUS JOY CHRIST stuff !!
Just search "hesus joy christ", make sure that is what was searched for, and not an alternate such as "jesus joy christ" on www.google.ca and in a couple of months it may appear instead of the old links that appear now.
On this site there are all the HESUS JOY CHRIST blog posts to date, in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the HJC animation dating back to 2009.


There's the website with all the other artwork!!

Just search vid932008 on www.google.ca to see it come up first in the list.
On this site there are almost all the artwork blog posts in an easily accessible non-linear format, as well as all the other artwork and poetry.




There's a blast of WATERCOLOUR !!

Since I get such a kick, still, out of blathering on about this stuff, I'm continuing on with the discussion of HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold !!
 Verse 19    
19”Come follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”
from the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter Four, New International Version
 Verse 19    
19”Can we lead you,” they said, “we can get you lots of friends.”
from the text of the animation, HESUS JOY CHRIST / Matthew's Foretold
written by R David Foster

 Verse 19 Discussion       

           The people of God, the Church, the Body of Christ, is often compared to a flock of sheep, being led throughout their lives by a shepherd, who is what God or Jesus is like, always aware of His flock.  But then where do the leaders come from, and are they still following as they lead?  I would assert that leading and following are not that different, and really are practised simultaneously. 

           Consider the European explorers of North America.  Sure, they led the way into the wilderness, but they followed first nations guides, who worked for them. So the guides were told where the explorers wanted to go, and the guides told the explorers how to get there.  So the leaders followed, and the followers lead.

           “There are three that bear witness, the spirit, the water and the blood, and the three into the one thing are.”  That is a literal translation from the Greek that I remember, of a verse, First John 5:7, that is often used as a proof of the Trinity, the three in one Godhead of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Don't ask me how each of the three corresponds.  There is a constant relationship between Being, Knowledge of Being, and Love of Being, or instead, Doing, Knowledge of Doing, and Love of Doing.  Who is to say which is the leader ?

           Likewise, using landscaping as an example, the crew members follow the crew leader, each for their own reasons, and each at different tasks, yet the crew leader follows the manager as he leads the crew around the different sites, and the manager follows the owner, as well as the property managers, who are directed by the home owners. Yet the home owners are told what they can and cannot have by the owner, and this symbiotic relationship will or will not exist.  Each person is both following and leading.  The Apostles, when Jesus left them a prepared place, lead others as they followed Jesus  to martyrdom.  The flock is both following and leading.  The Church endeavours to lead the world to God, the infinite person, as the Church follows Christ.

"Can we lead you ? "

           So in this verse, where Jesus says “Follow me” to Simon and Andrew, in the animation text, Simone and Andrew ask to lead the spouse of the sacred One relationship.  Jesus commands Simon and Andrew, but Simone and Andrew request of the One.  Is there a difference?

           If, as in the last verse, God, the infinite person, is always providing, then the One accepts this offer of following Simone and Andrew as an opportunity from God.  This is just as the opportunity presented by Simon and Andrew is taken up by Jesus.

            So who cares who is leading and who is following?  Sure, there is the illusion that the crew leader has more control and self determination, but try to believe that with a crew full of people like Andrew, who are constantly questioning the leader and opposing every direction that leader gives.  And we have already mentioned how  the crew leader is not that far up the ladder, since he answers to not only the manager, but the owner, the property manager and the home owners as well.  This is why I would not be a crew leader, even though I had a crew in my truck and mostly drove them around to sites with the manager's truck and crew, as well as to sites this crew worked alone.  The manager was not interested in working so much as in being the leader so as to have more self determination.  Good luck.
"We can get you lots of friends."
            As well, often one is chosen to represent the crew to others.  This is leading with someone.  Although Jesus called Simon Peter to follow him, Jesus eventually led with Peter.

           Finally, we are all called as individuals by our Baptism, to be priest, prophet and king.  We are to minister to others, proclaim to others as witnesses of our experience and faith, and to administer and manage our corner of the world, based on our experience and understanding. A nation of kings!!  This is not so bizarre, as this is what free enterprise is suppose to accomplish.  Nevertheless, free enterprise fails to function once the concept of an employee is allowed. But one may remain a priest, prophet and king, regardless of the roles imposed by the secular world, as the infinite person is constantly providing opportunities to fulfil those three duties, regardless of how the world views one's role.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012


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