The soul of Jesus evolved through a series of lifetimes. He had reached a point where he was about to break through his final overcoming. He came into his last incarnation in a high state of consciousness. Everything was planned and decreed by him, He was in complete control. Jesus realized fully the Law of Manifestation. He was not a victim of his circumstances. He deliberately experienced the crucifixion to teach us our oneness with God.
We have all had our crucifixion moments: a death, a divorce, a separation or any hurtful time in our lives. Let’s assume that suffering is really an opportunity to cross out our belief that we are separated from God; suffering is our teacher.
Jesus was still teaching from the cross. His first lesson was, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Let’s look at this teaching a bit closer and see what it has to reveal.
Our Christ within is God within and this part of us will guide us through the process of forgiveness. The ego cannot forgive. We must surrender to God in order to experience the miracle of forgiveness. Our Father does the forgiveness.
There are four steps in the forgiveness process. They are “to realize, to be willing, to surrender, and to allow.”
Before we can even be willing, we must be aware that we want to lighten our load and let go of a resentment. There is a part of us called the “Watcher” that is able to recognize this need. The Watcher is a neutral part of us, like a referee within. It can sit back and discern whether we are in our egos or our Spirit. So, we go to the Watcher to see where we are with this resentment. It can nudge us from step to step as it extends a hand. Listen for your Watcher and let it help you let go and let God.
To forgive is to surrender our beliefs to a higher reality where there exists a higher and unknown form of justice But we must let go of our human sense of reality that centers around fairness and justice. The spiritual laws govern the process of forgiveness, not our earthly, physical laws. The only way we can access these laws is through God.
Let’s look at the second part of this statement; “for they know not what they do.” Those who hurt us are operating from their egos. If they were operating from their spirits, they would not harm. It’s difficult to let go of our perception of someone who has been out of integrity, unethical, immoral, or just plain harmful. That is when we invite the Holy Spirit into this relationship to deliver us from the temptation to judge and find fault.
Forgiveness is holding the high road for someone and seeing the Truth of who they are whether or not they are in touch with that Truth themselves. A resentment is in the past. We must let go and let God to move to the present. Only in the present can the miracle of forgiveness take place. If we don’t surrender to Spirit, we will take the grievance to the future and continue to carry it.
We are reminded in A Course in Miracles that when we meet anyone, “It is a holy encounter. As you see him, you will see yourself. As you treat him, you will treat yourself.” As we forgive, we forgive ourselves and we are both free.
Forgiveness is a choice. Are you willing to see the truth of who your brother is? Are you willing to see the truth of who you are? Are you willing to surrender to Spirit?
Jesus himself had to be free to experience fully the resurrection and be one with his Father. We also experience a resurrection when we forgive. Forgiveness is a miracle. It is the greatest of all powers of which a human is capable. There is no higher expression of love. Forgiveness will always turn error into truths and misunderstandings into harmony.
To forgive is to be transformed. It is to renew your mind. It is to experience a re-birth. It is erasing the belief that we are separate from our Father. It is to experience the Truth of who we are.