Myth No. 4: The Missing Years
Jesus left home at the tender age of 12. It was customary at this age for boys to undergo a Temple ceremony to be publicly acknowledged as a man. Because of his family position, it is likely that Jesus furthered his studies at a school for the privileged, possibly in Jerusalem where he remained under the watchful eyes of the High Priests.
At around the age of 15, Joseph took Jesus on an extended journey that lasted more than two years. The journey was for political reasons to introduce Jesus, the crown prince, to the Diaspora – the displaced Jews who had fled Jerusalem when King David lost his throne. The diaspora settled in Alexandria in Egypt, Babylon, Ephesus, and as far as Rome.
The wealthy businessmen among the Diaspora had little interest in returning to their homeland; however they continued to send financial support to the Essenes by paying taxes. Jesus’ grandfather, Jacob-Heli, was growing old and wanted his heirs known to the Diaspora to ensure they continued to send financial support after his death. Hence there was good reason for Joseph and Jesus to meet their benefactors as the future heirs.
Upon returning from their long journey, Jesus entered the Essene Order of Priests in Qumran as a young initiate at the age of 17. In doing so he took a vow of poverty and chastity. Jesus lived and studied with the Essenes until his mid to late twenties, and it was during these years that he met Mary Magdalene.
Myth No. 5: Mary Magdalene was a prostitute
Mary was most definitely not a prostitute. She came from the Village of Magdala where her father was a wealthy businessman in the fishing industry. It was rumored that she was a divorced woman and had fled to Qumran to escape her husband.
Neither the High Priests nor the Essene Elders approved of the relationship that developed between Jesus and Mary. She became the target of much jealousy when Jesus appointed her as one of his disciples. When she and Jesus married it was against the wishes of the elders and high priests who felt that a divorced woman was not a good choice for their future king. For this reason, along with political differences, Jesus left the Essene priesthood to form his own public ministry.
Myth No. 6: Jesus was tried for blasphemy
Jesus wanted to bring social reforms to the country – reforms that went against tradition. He advocated equal rights, believing that any person who wished to serve God – man, woman, Jew or gentile – should have the right to do so.
His reforms made him popular among the masses, however his influence with the people were seen as a threat to the High Priests of Jerusalem and to Herod Antipas who was the ruling King at the time. Jesus was arrested and tried on trumped up charges of sedition – for inciting a public riot when the crowd who came to hear him preach got out of hand and could not be controlled by the Roman soldiers.
Myth No. 7: The Crucifixion
It is my belief that a Secret Order was formed to rescue Jesus from the cross when he was crucified and that Mary Magdalene was instrumental in forming this Order. Crucifixions were commonly carried out by the Romans; it was also in their power to release victims before death claimed them.
Jesus was given a potent while on the cross to ease his suffering and put him to sleep. He was still alive when removed from the cross and taken to a cave where healers looked after him. During this time he endured hallucinations and may have had a Near Death Experience. When he had recovered sufficiently to be moved, his followers took him by cart back to Qumran where he was hidden in the caves.
There is evidence that Jesus lived well into his seventies. He remained physically disabled after the crucifixion and may have spent his remaining years guiding his disciples in the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Myth No. 8: Healing Miracles
The Essenes were an advanced society that practiced ancient healing methods similar to Reiki. Jesus had knowledge of the spirit world and knew how to transmit healing rays directly from the angelic realms to the patient. He understood the power of faith, and this along with his healing skills, produced some miraculous results.
Myth No. 9: Jesus the Man
How could a man as passionate about life as Jesus not love a woman? The Essenes practiced celibacy during their initiation years however once ordained, they were free to marry. Jesus was next in line to the throne after Joseph. He was likely expected to marry and have children to ensure the royal line continued.
Jesus, like the rest of us, incarnated on earth to further his soul development. There is no doubt that he was an extraordinary man, well ahead of his time. No matter whether we think of him as Jesus the Christ or Jesus the Man, it is important to remember what he stood for and the great lessons he taught – unconditional love – compassion – brotherhood – and peace.
Your comments are appreciated. I know that many people hold firm beliefs around the crucifixion and resurrection…I don’t wish to offend anyone but merely offer a different perspective on this crucial part of history. I look forward to reading your comments when I return. Om shanti.