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And there was a man that knew Jesus. And Jesus loved him back.

Updated on June 28, 2013

The man lived a full life.

Four children, two wives that both loved him. 5 brothers and sisters that loved him to death. A great Mom and Dad who loved him during life and after their death. In-laws that adored and welcomed him from both marriages. Professional achievements galore and a string of degrees. Civic thank you awards and the rank of Preacher in his church. A deep and abundant love and understanding of nature and over 2,500 miles of wilderness hiking and a professional competitive Skiing belt and coaching honors to his name.

This man walked into rooms and was adored. If he brought his children or wife, he was double adored.

But why we ask, but why did he suffer under the knife of reality and society?

I tell you simple it was his job.

Jurisprudence is an evil wench of a love.

Who the hell knows Justice? Is what Melvin Belli asked the man on his 24th birthday.
Who the hell knows Justice? Is what Melvin Belli asked the man on his 24th birthday. | Source

The man was afflicted

Whether we like or not, that is how it works. Men and women who are such guardrails of sanity are afflicted. This man was punished with the gift of empathy. He could feel another man's pain across a crowded room or across town. And he did.

Can you imagine truly feeling another's pain? Fill a room with pain and simply multiply the condition. Oh yes some ignore or reject such a notion. Good for them. Jesus showed us such a concept in the feeding of the multitudes and the unclean woman who merely touched his garment. There are people who really "feel you". This man had such and affliction. He was incapable of responding to all the cries that he felt, for he was just a man. But sleep and peace do not come easy to such a man. You are a part of that man. And that man is a part of you.

Some people are so lucky that they can choose their God. Others do not chose but are chosen.

Can the Eagle hold the moon? Yes. If you so believe it. Lucky for the Eagle that it is not his job.
Can the Eagle hold the moon? Yes. If you so believe it. Lucky for the Eagle that it is not his job. | Source

This man is in you.

If we were to turn this man into a myth and say that his living breathe can be within you. You may accept that. If he were to stand next to you and hold your hand you would feel is reality and love and at least think about who he might be.

If you are an atheist, yet this man held your hand and you could feel his love. You would have love. And you would ask, "what is this love?".

If you saw this man bend to help the wounded and the outcast you would be compelled to do likewise.

If you drank a mint tea with this man in the heat of the day you would ask "how can I be the mint?".

This man is not normal. Oh he does normal things. But he excites abnormal love. He did not ask for his gifts. In fact he has asked God to take them from him so he could find some peace and rest. So that he could do like others and ignore another man's pain.

Oh if only I were a poor man?

I know for a fact this man has sat with Jesus.

Craziness you claim and down right heresy! The man will not tell you what to believe but if you hang out with him, you learn for yourself. He ain't got no agenda or religion. He talks of love and adoration of others, no matter what.

He likes cop shows so he can pray for victims and criminals alike. He tells his wife to pray for the horrible grocer and lousy shopkeeper down the street. He takes his son around the block and pulls weeds in old folks homes along the way.

But he is just a man. He would hurt you by smashing his face into your fist. He would dislocate your shoulder by letting you swing wildly at his chest, and he would hurt your elbow into his ribs. He has no thought of worldly suffering.

I do not tell you the man is numb. I simply tell you that pains that he suffers in his body, are just to insignificant compared to the suffering he feels in others.


And so at some time the man sat down in the dirt and Jesus, sat next to him.

Can you imagine such a man. You would laugh at his proclamation of love. You would scorn him for such high notions. You would castigate him and order him out of your pews. The atheists would ridicule and the church members would reject.

But such things of man cannot change the love in the heart of the man that sat in the dirt with pure love.

And I tell you true, change some of the facts around. Make them more closely to suit you. For this man invited you to sit in the dirt and understand and be with true love. And so you too have sat with the greatest lover of mankind and teacher we have ever known.

Do not enter this space unless you can take it.

Apply this sign to your own habitat restoration
Apply this sign to your own habitat restoration | Source

Do you think you know true love?

Is it possible this love is already in you and you ignore it most the time?

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Peace be upon you. But I challenge you to forego some peace for some victory.

Some say I cannot do this. Some cite rules that prohibit me. Some say it is blasphemy. Others just think it strange.

I forgive all your sins. I do not care how heavy they were. I do not care if others forgive you. And I have no understanding about the consequences of my forgiveness of you.

But I see you, I feel you and I know you. And I forgive you.

Here are some other concepts that you might like to know. If you ask me sincerely for my shirt, it shall be yours. And with my shirt comes my jacket also. For if you have need of them, then I no longer do.

I maybe have not done as bad as things as you. But that bad things I have done are just as bad to me as the bad you have done. And. I forgave myself, so that I could move on and love more fully, more deeply and more effectively.

Join me now, in pledging to forgive all others.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Not all days are great Mama, but today I have done good for and loved some folks. So He must be very close. These days I sleep great.

      Thank you for spreading some of your love my way

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Yes, each day is an opportunity for forgiveness...letting go, and adding to the sea of love in the world! :0)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Aw, thanks. Teamwork beats perfectionism any day. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Aren't you and I a silly pair. We are apt to downgrade our value because we do not hit a home run at every at bat. Count today as a home run day because I am lifted by you over the fence.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I have known this love and try every day to share it. Most days I fail completely but the times it comes through are what give my life meaning!

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you MsDora Who ever reads this should read: https://hubpages.com/health/Types-of-Secrets-Worth...

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      You express your truths in such a uniquely Eric way! Very pleasant reading with deep meaning. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Michele there is a cool song that has a verse "we are one in the spirit we are one in the Lord, and we pray that all unity may one day be restored". I think we are one. I stray when I anger and I revel when I love.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do reckon Bill that our good sides are not so much genetic, but reflections of all the love we have received. We just have to get the heck out of the way. Your latest hubs, are game changers, thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shanmarie, you light up worlds with your sharing. You have given me light with your comments. Thank you friend.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Certainly Eric! :)

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Carly, you inspire. And I desire. Certainly we need both. Let us keep building each up and learning from each other.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Grace in us, I had to sit on this one. I liked it but it seemed to preachy. I have to work on that. Thanks mucho for our friendship it enriches me. I have another hub in storage. I hope it does not embarrass thee.

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      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you very much for writing such a wonderful hub. This is truly amazing. Very beautiful.

      Voted you up!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your truths are timeless, as important today as 2000 years ago. Beautiful and worthy of my thanks. :)

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      shanmarie 4 years ago

      Nice. Forgiveness and unconditional love go hand in hand. When I was young, I used to pray for the ability to forgive anything. But, I never really had to do that because it isn't an ability; it's a choice, a choice to love anyway. Besides, the bitterness, hate, and anger that come with unforgiveness and callousness are poisons to the soul. I do sometimes think it is almost a curse to love like that because heartbreaks are more intense no matter the cause.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Eric, this is deeply moving and touching. I love this quote

      "If you drank a mint tea with this man in the heat of the day you would ask "how can I be the mint?"

      Like the tea, when you read your words you just want to be infused in the love you talk about.

      Beautiful my friend. Voted up, up, up and shared!!!!!

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Just plain AWESOME!!!!