Chapter 5: Ecstasy Is Polarities Meeting
Who is Jesus Christ? Christians don’t want to see him as Jesus, son of man - man of flesh, blood and bones, man as other men are. And the Jews did not want to believe him as God, as divine - made of pure consciousness, not of flesh, blood and bones.
Nobody has been ready to believe Jesus in his totality. And that is not only the case with Jesus, that is the case with all the masters - Buddha, Krishna, Zarathustra. And unless you allow Jesus in his totality to penetrate you, you will not be transformed. Unless you allow him as he is, you will not be in contact with him. Jesus is both Jesus and Christ, and he is not ashamed of it.
In the Bible many times he says “I am the Son of man”, and as many times he also says “I am the Son of God.” And he seems to have no idea that there is any contradiction between these two. There is none. The contradiction exists in our minds. It doesn’t exist in Jesus’ being. His being is bridged. His being is bridged between time and eternity, body and soul, this world and that. His being is bridged between the visible and the invisible, the known and the unknown. He is utterly bridged, he is at ease with both, because he is both. Jesus and Christ are like two shores, and the river is only possible if there are two shores. Jesus is the river that flows between these two shores: both shores are his. He exists between them, he is a river.
Who is Jesus Christ - God or man? And I say all the questions that have been asked were wrong, and so were the answers. Why? - because the questions came either from Judaic knowledge or from Muslim knowledge or from Hindu knowledge. And the answers came from Christian knowledge, and knowledge cannot answer it. Knowledge cannot even ask it! Knowledge is impotent. Such questions of such importance can be asked only out of innocence, not out of knowledge. The distinction has to be understood.
When you ask a question out of knowledge, you are not really asking, because you already know. Your question is false, inauthentic. Your heart is not there. You are asking for asking’s sake - maybe for a discussion, a debate, an argument. But you know the question beforehand - the answer is there a priori. So you cannot receive the answer, you are not open for it, you are not available for it. You are not ready to move, to explore; you already have the answer. And the question is arising out of that answer.
The Jews had the answer. They knew that he was not the Messiah, that he was not God. Why? - because they had the idea that when the Messiah came everybody would recognize him! Everybody - without any exception. That was their idea of the Messiah, that everybody would recognize him.