Healing Cross (Matthew 8:17)

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Healing Cross (Matthew 8:17)

#1 Postby Tau Malachi » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:57 am

The Healing Cross

“This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the prophet Isaiah, ‘He took our infirmities and bore our diseases’” (Matthew 8:17).

This verse follows a story of Adonai Yeshua healing and exorcising people all day long, and according to the tradition Yeshua spent many days of his life healing people and blessing them. During his sojourn in this world, though he only proclaimed the Gospel for a few years, he healed hundreds, thousands of people, and he blessed many, many more who came to hear him preach and give guidance. Given all of the healings recounted, some of which were very radical, including raising the dead numerous times, it is reasonable to say that he was and is the greatest healer to have walked upon the earth. Though through God’s mercy there have been many healers throughout the generations, none generated such an abundance of healings and exorcisms, nor did they pass the spiritual empowerment for healing to so many disciples.

If we consider this verse and what it says, it teaches us that quite literally Yeshua Messiah took upon himself all of these various sufferings and held them, so that going to the cross and making a holy sacrifice of himself, it was not only for the sake of the forgiveness of sin, but also for the healing of people, their restoration to wholeness and life. Sin, disease, death, these are all brought into cessation on the cross, and more so in the resurrection and ascension - the revelation of the Risen Messiah.

In this we may understand that Yeshua’s self-offering on the cross was integral to the great healing power manifest with, in and through him, and as him, and we may understand that there is healing power in the Holy Cross - the cross of light within and behind the cross of wood.

The plain meaning of the cross is perfectly clear. It is a symbol of a complete self-negation, passing away in the oneness of God Most High (El Elyon); and it is in this that the healing power, and all other spiritual powers of the Spirit of God (Ruach Elohim), are manifest in their fullness. As is known in healing movements it is not we who heal, but it is God who heals, for it is God who is the Healer; in the midst of a healing there is a self-transcendence, a passing away as we merge with the Divine Presence, Holy Shekinah, Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God moving with, in and through us, healing, whether physical, mental-emotional or spiritual healing.

If we consider this passage of a ‘taking on of infirmities’ and ‘bearing diseases’ - a taking on of the sorrow and suffering of others, this speaks directly to the spiritual practice, spiritual devotion, of ‘giving and receiving’ as taught in our tradition, a way of prayer in which we ‘take up our cross’ and enact an energetic self-offering in compassion for others. As we know, in this way of prayer we envision the Sun of God in our heart and we envision our breath becoming as the radiance of that Spiritual Sun. As we breath in, we take into that Holy Sun within our heart all of the shades and shadows encumbering others, all of their self-negativity, all of their sorrow and suffering, and we give to them in place of it our light and love, our good, our peace and joy, all negativity, all grief and pain, being taken into the Spiritual Sun in the heart and transformed, healed, redeemed. In the fruition of this prayer, meditation, we envision others transformed into human beings of light, just like we who have received the Messiah - the Anointing with the Holy Light and Spirit; hence we envision them whole and complete - healed, restored to their innate perfection as they are in God, the True Light.

I tell you it is no burden to take darkness, shades and shadows, into the Spiritual Sun within us - the indwelling Messiah, for they are completely nullified in that Holy Light, revealed for what they are, unreal, unsubstantial. Thus, giving and receiving, which is intimately connected with this verse, reveals the foundation of the healing way in our lineage and tradition, and all healing practices in our tradition have a connection to this practice.

Interestingly enough, giving and receiving is also a practice that gives insight into how Light Transmission is engaged with conscious intention; hence, the way of initiation and the imparting of spiritual empowerments in our lineage and tradition.

Now very often healings transpire in natural and spontaneous movements of the Holy Spirit, in the ‘power of the moment’ through invocation and prayer, the laying on of hands, various gestures, and with radiant holy breath, as well as through anointing for healing using holy oil. These are simple but very powerful movements of invocation and prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit, and usually they are very swift; but their foundation with healers in the community is in their passionate cleaving to the Messiah and Holy One - their ability to ‘pass away’ in the moment, and their daily continuum of giving and receiving meditation - this mystical way of prayer in which they become the Holy Cross, the ‘Light of the True Cross.’

It should come as no surprise that the most essential and fundamental healing practice would also be intimately connected with the play of Light Transmission, for the ultimate healing of souls is in their realization of their innate oneness with God, their full reintegration with the Light of the Infinite, and this corresponds with the inmost grade of Light Transmission.

May the True Healer, the One God, heal you this day, gathering you into Godself, revealing your self as you are in God to you! Amen.

Shalom Aleichem!
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Burden That Is Light.

#2 Postby Elder Gideon » Sat Jul 13, 2019 12:25 pm

Shalom Tau Malachi:

Many thanks of praise to the One for revealing this essential mystery of the healing role of the Cross! Nuances like these remind me of how many deep and intricate layers are hidden in plain, canonical sight.

As I read and contemplated the healing work of taking upon oneself the suffering of others, I was reminded of a verse, Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

I’ve heard and enjoyed this verse all of my life in Christ, but have not seen its relationship to the healing power of the Cross until your writing. Praise God!

The shift in giving and receiving practice for me came in the very identification with the Light Presence of Messiah. This for me has actually been the practice: Learning to shift from my sorrow or anger or anxiety into another identity full and complete in Messiah taught me how giving and receiving is done. “I” can’t. Only Messiah in me can do this. The awareness of this “yoke that is easy and this burden that is light” does all of the heavy lifting.

We're blessed with the most ironic pun in English with the noun and adjective of "light": a burden that is literal light is no burden in the Messiah.

I can’t say this any simpler or more joyfully.

Praise God for the Messiah who shows us how all is accomplished.


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