Gethsemane

According to the Gospel of Matthew,8 the garden and tomb were the private property of Jesus' wealthy uncle, Joseph of Arimathea. Described as one who was "looking for the kingdom of God,"9 all four Gospels agree that Joseph was a member of the Sanhedrin and a secret disciple of Jesus. Scholars suggest his private garden and Jesus' tomb was likely the Garden of Gethsemane, a favorite gathering place of the disciples with a clear view of the Temple on Mount Moriah or Sion (or Zion, the ancient name for Jerusalem).

The pillar upon which Jesus was hung stood between two thieves.10 Neither their names nor their exact crime is declared in the Bible. However, their transgression must have been significant to warrant such a horrific form of capital punishment.

On the other hand Jesus' crime was explicitly stated. Above Jesus' head Pontius Pilate wrote a title in Greek, Latin and Hebrew and put it on the pillar: INRI. Exoterically, this is translated as "Jesus the Nazorean, King of the Jews."11

This declared the official capitol charge against Jesus -declaring himself the one and only savior and challenging the sovereign authority of Tiberius Caesar -- and at the same time mocked him. This is the "King of the Jews?"

As noted, esoterically INRI is transcribed as: "By fire, nature is renewed whole."12 'Fire' refers to frequency, vibration, knowledge. As it is the nuclear fires that renew creation, 'fire' points in this instance refers to the a~tomic tradition which surrounded Jesus and is apparent to those 'with eyes to see'.

At about the ninth hour (3 P.M.) the sky turned dark (Matthew 27:45). Jesus began reciting the opening lines of Psalm 22, "Eli, Eli, lama Saba Chtani? My God (Eli), my God, why hast thou forseaken me?"

Written by King David, Psalm 22 is part of trilogy that includes Psalms 22, 23, and 24. In Psalm 22, the good Shepherd gives his life for the sheep.13 It is a graphic picture of death by crucifixion. The lines that follow are most illuminating, saying

"I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people."

This worm is "poured out like water."14 This 'worm' apparently inhabits a human body for the Psalm next tells us its bones are out of joint, profuse perspiration pours from its body, its heart is affected, its strength exhausted, its throat dry, the hands and feet are pierced.

The accompanying circumstances are precisely those fulfilled in the Crucifixion of Jesus. He even cried, saying 'It is finished', the last words of Psalm 22, and gave up the ghost.

What, exactly, the Gospel writers wish for us to understand about the connection between the worm who is poured out in Psalm 22 and the Crucfixion is uncertain. However, an intriguing possibility is presented by the Egyptian myth of Osiris.

In Sanskrit Hu is 'he-who-is-poured out'. Hu-Siris was one of the Greek names for Osiris, the serpentsoul or worm who lived within the Pillar of Love.

The idea of the pouring out of the Holy Spirit or possibly the Holy Wisdom is echoed in the writings of the Hebrew prophets from Isaiah to Joel. These prophets said that at the last God will pour out his spirit, not upon the few initiates only, but upon all flesh.

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