The people who killed Jesus and the people who did not listen to Jesus were the same type of people, separated only by their station in life. They were out for what they could get by any means necessary. Jesus had a better idea for them than they had for themselves, and they had nothing to do with what he had to say, and put an end to him saying it. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you," was not original with Jesus. The idea has been around from times long past, and is recognized for its value in a wide range of cultures, yet, it's application is radical in every age. Jesus took it to heart, and lived to exhibit it in his way with other people. He was quite out of place in a society where money was the most important thing. Money is still the most important thing, and it takes a significant shift in perspective to want everyone to have the same opportunity for education and jobs, and quality of life, their skills and training allow. No stigmas, no prejudices, no bigotry, no bias, no favoritism, no discrimination... Liberty and justice for all. The depth of the rage and ruthlessness against that simple statement is appalling. Two thousand two hundred and twenty-two years later and we are no closer to the realization of social justice than they were in Jesus' day. And the Supreme Court's buy-out on civil rights is a clear and telling signal that money calls the shots and sets the course, Constitution or not. Money killed Jesus. Money owns the game. And there is no end to the damage a half-dozen billionaires can do. Which leaves the rest of us exactly where we have always been, working uphill against all odds in the service of grace and compassion, justice, equality, truth and freedom, no matter what as those who would be who Jesus was, exhibiting the spirit of the Christ in all that we do, as long as life shall last.
The spirit of Christ-- and "Christ" means simply "The anointed one," and we are all "anointed," or "called," to be who we are, where we are, when we are, how we are-- is nothing more than our original nature shinning through. What keeps it from shinning through are fear, hatred, anger, greed, and duty, with duty being the shoulds/oughts/musts of family/tribe/society/culture. Fascists, for example, cannot be other than they are because of the company they keep. They talk of freedom, but they cannot be free to be themselves. Most of the population of the world in any age is that way, forced to be who they are because of the company they keep, or because of fear, hatred, anger and greed. Or a combination of all of the Enemies of Soul. "Soul" is another name for our original nature. We are here to exhibit/express/enjoy/serve our Soul, our Original Nature, who we were born (anointed, called) to be in the time and place, the context and circumstances, of our living. When we are all doing that together, it is a festive occasion, and the radiance of the wonder is an experience of the Numen, of the ineffable magic created by our being who we are together that stuns us into "esthetic arrest," "slain by the spirit," so to speak, by an experience beyond words. Artists of whatever form occasionally achieve a similar experience of the wonder of who they are through the revelation/sense of being connected through their art with another while being alone. They are experiencing being connected with themselves-as-other because they cannot possibly be the source of "this," of "that"! In being so completely ourselves in this way, we are as the moved in the presence of the mover, when, in truth, we are One, and One with Everyone and All Things. And William Blake could say, "If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite." Which is a level of truth that would definitely get in the way of being able to pay our bills. So our survival depends on achieving a healthy sense of distance between ego consciousness and soul awareness, so that the two remain two and do not merge into One. "I" and "The Other" live together as "moved" and "mover," with the "I" being as much of "who we are" as we and our circumstances can tolerate in a dance with Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How in each situation as it arises. Getting the ratios right is the aim of life. Getting close is amazing. And that is what we are living for. But the distractions keep getting in the way. And the dance goes on.