The existence of Jesus Christ is either historical or mythical. The Bible, having different versions, is either true or just filled with fictional stories. Although, he died approximately one thousand nine hundred eighty three years ago, yet even until now he’s the most famous person while the Bible continues to be the best-selling book of all time. What’s more interesting, there were individuals in the past who reported that they were able to experience visions of Jesus. They received divine messages from him, which changed their lives extraordinarily leaving an enduring legacy to their growing number of followers. Examples of these individuals are Saint Francis of Assisi, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, and Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. These three were all stigmatists.
The big question now is this? Who do you think is Jesus for you? For me, he was a real human being just like anyone of us who realized His true identity. There are two characteristics that God wants us to realize in order to actualize our true identity. First, we are all Gods. Since we are all created in the image and likeness of God, then we should live a divine life. Second, we live a life of oneness that to be like God is to love each other unconditionally through kindness, compassion and forgiveness. It is in these deeds, we can say that we truly love God.
Jesus Christ became a classic model of these two characteristics. He lived his being a God by healing the sick and by forgiving his enemies that he never fought back when he was arrested and tortured. During the last supper with his apostles, Jesus prayed that we may all be one. It didn’t mean that he wants us to be christians or catholics. He prayed that all of us will be one in following the path of unconditional love. In the Gospel of Matthew, he said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” That’s what He meant when He prayed that all of us will be one.