“But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.” (Matthew 13:16-17)

Jesus is speaking directly at his students and disciples - who were following his teachings. For this reason, he says:
"But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear."
Many who read Jesus' words try to read into them some kind of magical, mysterious meaning. Many try to use their imagination to understand the words “hear” and “see.” This is unfortunate.

The reality is that both “seeing” and “hearing” are done not simply using the sense organs, as all those around Jesus heard his words and saw his actions. Real "seeing" and "hearing" is done with the heart. 

This deeper sense of "seeing" and "hearing" means that we must see that behind Jesus' words and actions is a relationship of love between Jesus and the Supreme Being. 

This is a heartfelt relationship, one that cannot be dissected by the logic centers of the mind.

Jesus' teachings reveal a relationship of love, dedication and service. This is confirmed with such statements as:
"By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but Him who sent me." (John 5:36)
Jesus was wanting to please the Supreme Being because he loved the Supreme Being.

Such a loving relationship with the Supreme Being is so rare in this physical world. It is so rare, Jesus points out, that even the prophets, who themselves served and represented God, yearn to be in the presence of one who is experiencing and expressing a loving service relationship with the Supreme Being.

Those who have a chance to hear from one with such a loving relationship with the Supreme Being are truly blessed. Even more so is the person who actually can perceive the relationship that Jesus displayed with his life and words. A person who can peer into and understand even a portion of Jesus’ confidential relationship with the Supreme Being is blessed with one of life’s highest benedictions.

The reason why so many people debate about who Jesus was, and reach all sorts of bent conclusions about his teachings, is because they do not see this loving relationship that exists between Jesus and the Supreme Being. Even though Jesus prayed to God, and spoke of God as a Person he had dedicated his life to, many choose to ignore Jesus' acts of worship and devotion to the Supreme Being.

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matt. 26:39)

Many have unfortunately chosen to see Jesus as the Supreme Being. This is unfortunate, because when you eliminate the most important Individual of the relationship, the Supreme Being, you remove the loving relationship itself, because there must be two individuals in order to experience love. 

In other words, when Jesus, and Moses before him, instructed us to love the Supreme Being with all our hearts and souls, they were speaking of developing a relationship with an Individual - the Supreme Being. There can be no love without the object of love - the individual that is loved.

At the same time, in another respect, there is a definite union between Jesus and the Supreme Being.. Jesus is representing the Supreme Being, and acting on behalf of the Supreme Being. So in that sense, the words he speaks are coming from the Supreme Being, and we can worship Jesus as God’s messenger.

But to confuse the loving servant with his master and Beloved is to make a drastic mistake. To ignore the Supreme Being, the Father, whom Jesus loves and sacrificed his physical body for, is to eliminate the possibility that one day, we too, may be able to have a loving relationship with the Supreme Being. And this was the very reason Jesus taught those around him. He wanted others to develop their own personal loving relationship with the Supreme Being.

And as for seeing the Supreme Being as a vague force or void - as many do: how can we love a vague force or void? And how can a vague force have a will? How can a void have a will? In order to love and do the will of someone, there must be an individual - a person with a will. A person - in this case, the Supreme Person.

The Person that Jesus is loving and serving - and teaching about.


 (For a translation of Jesus' statements from the Book of Matthew without institutional sectarian influence, see the Gospels of Jesus  - translated from the original Greek texts.)