Friday, November 26, 2021

Jesus is a sibling, an older one, from whom much can be learned.

The miracle is therefore a sign of love among equals. Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality. It is therefore an inappropriate reaction to me. An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom. He is also entitled to love because he is a brother, and to devotion if he is devoted. It is only my devotion that entitles me to yours. There is nothing about me that you cannot attain. I have nothing that does not come from God. The difference between us now is that I have nothing else. This leaves me in a state which is only potential in you.

A Course in Miracles . Foundation for Inner Peace.T-1.11.3:4-13 

Jesus teaches in A Course In Miracles that He is not to be worshiped and held in awe as God is. Jesus teaches that he is a sibling, older and wiser, but possesses nothing that we don’t possess.

In Alcoholic Anonymous it is suggested in step twelve that we share our spiritual awakening with others. One factor that contributes to the benefits of AA is the fellowship, the joining together in a search for a common goal, salvation.

In Unitarian Universalism, we likewise, join in fellowship to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. This inherent worth and dignity is manifested in the life of Jesus who taught that the way to the kingdom is “to love as I have loved.”

Today, we might reconsider the role of Jesus in our lives. Is Jesus to be worshiped or to be learned from? Jesus teaches in ACIM that worship is reserved for God. He is a sibling, an older sibling, from whom we can benefit from his advanced wisdom and experience.

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