Jesus was a new age hippie vegan who grew in hillside town of Nazareth half way between Haifa on the sea to the west and the the sea of Gallilea to the east bordering Jordan. He was far removed from the Pharisee Jewish leadership in Jerusalem. He was a hidden noble son, outranking any others claim to the throne of Isreal. But Israel was occupied by Rome. So Jesus’ life was always dangerous and he was always hidden away.
Only when Jesus turned 13 was he taken to talk to the Jewish high council, the Sanhedrin formed of Sadduces (monks) and Pharises (Lay Priests, the majority including Joseph of Arimathea) and they were amazed. But they did not recognize him as the Messiah, one of their jobs. On Good Friday, once again he was taken to appear to the same Sanhedrin and once again they did not recognize him as Messiah.
Jesus studied herbs and was a healer. He knew the herbs to make the sick live and the blind see. He was a world traveler going to Egypt in the west, and northern India. And from their wise men he learned of a new religious tradition of being at peace with the world. In fact there are stories today from Northern India of the time a powerful western teacher lived among them. Much of what was great about Jesus had roots in Buddhist thought. Jesus set up camp in Ephraim a small mountain two hours north of Jerusalem or one days walk. It was a rugged area, but Jesus’ training prepared him for living rough.
One of his key rituals was the rebirth ceremony. To become a full member at the end of your training they would bury you in a cave for three days. In the case of Lazarus, Jesus seems unperturbed that he is arriving late to the cave. He arrived 4 days after the death and summons Lazarus out.
Many believe that they took a form of hemlock to induce death like state and visions and laid in the cave hallucinating so they could be reborn to the earth as pure men.
When the crucifixion was ordered, his rich uncle – Joeseph of Arimethea – who had made vast wealth mining Tin in England and was given special signed orders of passage from the Emperor himself, he was the highest most powerful Jew in the world. So Joeseph requested that Jesus be crucified on his private land with only a small contingent of roman soldiers. He was given the “vinegar” sponge to drink and then was quickly dead. Was this their hemlock herb? They carefully took down his body and prepared it and then put it in the tomb as was their tradition. Three days later he arose.
Was this advanced medicine and herbology, or God’s redemption miracle. I like to think it was both.
There are a few technical notes to how he was crucified. His legs were not nailed to the side of the cross and his garment not removed. Neither were his legs broken. Without these two measures the asphyxiation that occurs around the second day did not seem likely.
But he died quickly ,within a few hours. Jesus was from a sect – The Nazarenes – who did not practice ritual animal sacrifice. The practice disgusted them. And Jesus hoped his death would end this ghastly practice (esp practiced on Yom Kippur). It sadly did not.
Jesus was a great and powerful wise teacher. Whether you believe he was the son of god or not, his teachings dwarf those of prior jews, and muslims. Really only the Buddhist teachers seem to be similarly powerful and deep in their teachings. I especially appreciate his give onto Caesar that which is Caesar’s. And for many of us, sick by the bloated government gynocracy dysgenic horror that is our current government, walking away makes the most sense. We cannot win in a direct fight.
Linked with Easter is the passover. the jewish celebration of living through a great horror. Today many believe that was a radioactive event from a great war with the annunaki. And even some believe that the Jewish temple was built on the rocket launch site that the old ones built – read ecclesiastes!
Life goes on. The world continues. But the lesson of the Easter is always one of rebirth, to see the world with fresh eyes, and start again.