MORE ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
(Written by Dr. Friedrich Plog in 1988)
We know that our sun circles around the center of our galaxy, and that
one circle takes 25,827.5 earth years. How many circles has our sun already
made? Nobody knows. What do we know about the last "sun year"
- the last 25,827.5 years on our planet?
We know that Moses lived about 3,220 years ago; the prophet Daniel traveled
his path around 2,570 years ago, and we read that the man Jesus was born
into this world (plus or minus) 1,995 years ago. In 1988, we would say
Jesus was born 1,988 years ago. Which is correct? We began calculating
our years 754 years after the founding of Rome. We know Herod died in
the year 750; therefore, he died four years before we began calculating
time according to the birth of Jesus. What is wrong here? Are the writers
of the Gospels not correct? Jesus must have been born six to seven years
before we began to count our years, but how can we know this?
Where are the documents or the genealogy regarding the birth of Jesus?
There should be some record of a royal family and a family tree traced
back to David and Abraham. We know more about Pythagoras (582 BC), Socrates
(470 BC), Plato (428 BC), Aristotle (384 BC) and the Roman Emperors at
the time of Jesus than we know about the man Jesus himself. Why is it
not possible to know more about a man so important to Christianity? Was
he really born? If yes, when and where? Who were the members of his family?
What was his education? What were his goals in politics and religion?
Where do we find evidence of his life.
We would expect to find documents about Jesus' mother, his "maybe"
father or other members of the royal family. How did he make his living?
Was he married? Did he have children? Is there evidence of this somewhere?
Most of that which is known about Jesus today was written by some of his
twenty-four to sixty-four years after the "crucifixion". Historical
evidence about a member of the house of David, with the name Jesus Christ,
is not available today. What did the Apostles really know about the historical
person Jesus? James, the brother of Jesus, whose co-workers were Peter
and John, was the first leader of the new church, but from him we learn
very little about his brother Jesus. (James was executed in 62 AD as a
Saul, the butcher of the followers of Jesus, was later called Paul. He
finished his writings thirty-four years after the "crucifixion",
and is recognized today as the pilot of Christianity. He traveled with
Luke, a physician from Antioch, Syria. Neither he nor Luke was a witness
to the life of Jesus.
The "genealogy" of Jesus Christ is essentially an abstract of
the Old Testament, continuing the line of David up to New Testament times.
It can be divided into three periods: from Abraham to David, from David
to the Babylonian Exile and from the Exile to Jesus.
The genealogy of Jesus in Matthew begins with Abraham and presents Jesus
as a King.
The Gospel of Luke goes all the way back to Adam in order to show that
Jesus was a man.
The Gospels of Mark and John do not give genealogies because they present
Jesus in two aspects: as a servant of God (Mark) and as the Son of God
(John), thus requiring no human genealogy.
In Luke, the genealogy of Jesus does not include the title "Christ",
since Luke's Gospel shows Jesus as the proper man to be the Savior of
mankind. Matthew's genealogy emphasizes the title "Christ" as
King, the anointed one of God. Luke presents the genealogy of David's
son, Nathan, who was Mary's forefather. In Matthew, Solomon is presented
as the forefather of Joseph; therefore, both Mary and Joseph were descendants
of David, and Jesus may be counted as the descendant of David through
Solomon and Nathan. Actually, Solomon can not be a direct forefather of
Jesus because Joseph was Jesus' stepfather.
In summary, we find in the Bible forty-two generations from Abraham to
Jesus, a number that corresponds with the forty-two stations in the wilderness
through which the children of Israel wandered before entering the Promised
But there are several omissions in the genealogy of Jesus - the descendants
of Joram and Jehoiakim. According to other sources, Jesus was not a descendant
of David. His mother, Miryam (Mary), was the daughter of Grapte of Kharax,
who was married to Nakeb of Media, a nephew of the Queen of Adiabene.
Both Princess Grapte and Prince Nakeb converted to Judaism and received
the names Joachim and Anna. They were the elderly parents of Mary, and
Mary grew up under the care of a governess, Ywissa of Partia, a constant
companion after Mary's parents died.
Mary received the best education available in those days. Her father left
his only daughter a sizable inheritance - around one million gold deniers,
jewels, houses and land in Jerusalem and Galilee. Her inheritance from
her mother included palaces, houses, vineyards and farmland. Mary was
a very wealthy Princess of her day. Her life was devoted to God and most
of her teachers were Essenes.
At the age of 21, Mary needed protection and had no intention of marrying
one of the young nobles. To serve God and to be well protected, she asked
Yusef (Joseph) Pandar to be her protector and later she married him. Yusef
was a distant relative of her father's family and already an old man that
Yusef Pandar was not the father of Mary's son. There are documents in
which the name Eliye-Eli of Karmel, a high priest devoted to God, is mentioned
as the father of John the Baptist and of Jesus. When we read through the
scrolls, which are available today, we will find different names for the
son of Mary: Jessat Nassar, Jessu Nazir, Jeshu Nazareth of Nasthareth
or Nisthereth or Nazoraios or Nasthoraios, Issa ben Yusef, Isa ibn Marjam,
etc. We also know about other names: Jeshua, Yehoshua, Jesse, Joshua,
Joshita, etc. In Greek we find the names Jesous and ho on. In one document
we find May 23rd mentioned as the day of Jesus' birth, five years before
we began calculating our time.
We have at least two different versions of the genealogy of Jesus, one
from the Bible and one from old scrolls and documents that are not mentioned
in the Bible. Whatever we believe, we have to accept the fact that the
name Jesus Christ was not the name of a man about whom the Apostles wrote
in the Bible. Maybe they had a reason for using this name and the historical
background of Issa ben Yusef (or any of the other names we wish to use).
One thing seems certain, the son of Mary was the teacher and leader through
the initiations of some of the Apostles.
What is the meaning of the different names of Jesus? What is the meaning
of the title "Christ", and what did the Apostles have in mind
when they put together their Gospels?
We should not have a problem with the different names of the son of Mary.
Today we often give "pet" names to those with whom we live,
or to a person whom we love, or perhaps we write about a person and use
a certain name to explain something about him or her. There are many points
of view, especially for a poet.
Take the name Friedrich. This German name means "King of Peace".
Friends may call him Fritz or Fritzi. When Friedrich is in England, Canada
or the United States, he will be called Frederick or Fred or Freddy. In
France he would be called Frederic. When Freidrich travels to Italy, he
will be Frederico, and on and on.
Today, in addition to a first name, we use the family name and sometimes
include the city where a person is born to explain from where he or she
comes. We may refer to someone by a name totally different from the real
name. Perhaps this person is radiant and happy. We might call him Felix,
from Latin, meaning "to be happy". We see nothing wrong in using
these different names.
But the son of Mary was referred to with very special names. Let's look
at the name Jehoshua. This is the name under which Jesus is recorded in
the books of the Temple of Solomon. In Hebrew the name of God is written;
When we divide God (Jehovah) in the center and insert the sign Shin in
the middle, it becomes:
Here we have the divided God - the Trinity, the Father of all. So, Jehoshua
is God everywhere, and also God in us. Jehosua is God divided in many
pieces an infinite number of times. (Dionysos)
In the Bible we read that Mary gave her son the name Jesus. That is JSH=Jeshu,
which means the "Eternal One". If an "a" is added,
we get the name Jeshua, which means the "Redeemer". The name
Jesus is derived from the Greek word Jesous.
We also read in the Bible that Mary should call her son Immanuel. Why
this name? Matthew handed down the name as a key. When someone, on his
path through this world, ask the question, "Where can I find Jeshu,
the Eternal One, or Jeshua, my Redeemer, or Jehoshua, the infinitely divided
God?", the answer is given in the name Immanuel, which means "God
God is in us - we cannot be one second without God! Now we know where
God =Jeshu=Jeshua=Jehoshua. Now we can be one with Him, we can accept
Him, surrender to Him and go "Home" with Him to His Kingdom.
What a wonderful message!
We also find the name Jesus of Nazareth, Jeshu Nazareth. What is the writer
trying to tell us? If we go back more than 2,000 years and study the different
ways in which the poets at that time were expressing their wisdom, we
have to understand anagrams. The writers had a special means of concealing
their knowledge of God due to the persecution inflicted upon them. This
knowledge was passed on by priests in the initiations of their students,
but was not publicly known. Jesus of Nazareth means: "The Eternal
One, our Redeemer, is a hidden mystery (Nazareth)."
We know that Christ, Christus, Chrystos, was not the family name of the
son of Mary. CHRST is, in Hebrew, Charast and in Greek, Chrystos. This
one word covers the process of being reborn through water and Spirit.
CHRST means "putting together that which is divided". It calls
for us to rebuild the immortal soul, allowing us once again to enter the
Kingdom of God. He or she who goes through the process of being "reborn"
becomes a citizen of "Jerusalem", from where we each originally
came, and is once again called a Christ.
It is certainly not enough to accept the man Jesus as our Savior. It is
not enough to try to live in peace and love within this world. "My
Kingdom is not of this world." First, we accept Jesus as our God
within. Then we have to cleanse our body (temple) of everything that is
causing our separation from Jesus. After the cleansing of our temple,
we will go through our own crucifixion. Our self-will, obstinate ego,
has to die so that the light of our being, in each cell of the body, becomes
the Light or God-within/Jesus again. Our mortal soul will be replaced
by the Immortal Soul - the Christ. When this is done, we can call ourselves
Christians, but not one second before that is fulfilled.