The Boy Jesus with the Doctors in the Temple. 
Painting by Heinrich Hofmann

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The Boy Jesus

He was no ordinary child, He was said to have spoken to his mother Mary
as an infant, declaring his divine mission. She had no reason to doubt him
as she was witness to His miraculously conceived birth. When honored by
the Wise Men who journeyed from India to worship him, many angels
appeared to pay homage to the baby Jesus one of which had previously
taken the form of the star which had guided the Wise Men on their journey
from the East. At their request his mother Mary gave them one of the
swaddling cloths in which Jesus was wrapped. On their return to their own
country, kings and others of royal blood inquired of the Wise Men as to
what they had witnessed, for they were aware the stars had not only
predicted the coming of a Savior, but also had guided the traveler’s
journey to the stable in Bethlehem. As was their custom the Wise Men tried
to burn the swaddling cloth in a sacred fire in order to be certain of the
divinity of the baby Jesus. As expected the cloth remained intact and
untouched by the fire. This confirmed their beliefs that a prophet was born
in Bethlehem and the Wise Men conferred upon him the name of Saint
Issa. News of his birth spread through all of India as did the hope that he
would one day visit their country where he was so deeply revered.

On the fortieth day after his birth Jesus was presented to God at the
Temple in Jerusalem. Angels were present in abundance to adore Him, as if
to form a King’s guard around Him. Before long King Herod ordered the
death of all infant male children in Bethlehem, being as he feared the
prophecy of the birth of a new and powerful King. God warned Joseph to
flee into Egypt with Mary and Jesus. Many miracles took place during this
period of Jesus’ childhood and according to the bible, if all the miracles
were accounted for that he performed in his lifetime; all the books in the
world would not be enough to contain them. A high priest was cured of a
mysterious malady simply by being in Jesus’ presence. A bride who had
been struck dumb was healed as she held the baby Jesus lovingly in her
arms. Lepers were cured by pouring the water over their bodies that had
been used to bathe Jesus. It was very unusual for Mary and Joseph to have
a spare moment as it became more evident to the populace that the child
Jesus possessed miraculous powers. He represented hope and salvation to
all who were afflicted and even as a young child his compassionate nature
was evident.

After three years Jesus, Mary and Joseph returned to Israel and the
miracles became more frequent as Jesus increased in stature. He would
form sparrows from mud as he gave them life and bade them fly away. On
separate occasions, Jesus saved three children from certain death who
would later play a large part in his life, they being Judas, Simon and his
brother James. Many varied healings, too many to recount continued to
occur, as well as the many resurrections of those who suffered accidental
or premature deaths. He regularly restored people to the living, just as
later in his life he would restore Lazarus from the dead.

Joseph found his son’s extraordinary powers to be of great assistance in
the carpenter shop, for when an error occurred and the erroneous
dimensions of something Joseph had built needed correcting Jesus need
only stretch out his hands and it would be as it was intended to be. After
two years of crafting a throne for the ruler of Jerusalem, the seat was
found to be much smaller than the appointed measure. Being aware of the
King’s anger at his father Joseph, Jesus directed him to pull on one side
while he pulled on the other. The throne obliged by assuming the proper
dimensions. All who saw were astonished? This was as elementary for
Jesus to do as later it would be for him to multiply the loaves and the
fishes and to change water into wine.

Schooling was an exercise in futility for his instructors as Jesus possessed
all knowledge intuitively; therefore he had no need of books or teachers. In
his twelfth year he was missing for three days. He was eventually found in
the temple conversing with the learned scholars and elders. One can only
imagine the awe and reverence Jesus inspired in them as he expressed the
profound wisdom of his Father in heaven. A certain astronomer who was
present inquired if he had ever studied astronomy. He replied with
information regarding the divinely orchestrated perfection of the celestial
bodies that no man had yet discovered. When asked of his knowledge of
medicine he informed them of the inherent power of nature when infused
with divine will. He instructed them as to how the soul (the son of God)
gives life to the body temple (the son of man) and how it is instrumental in
healing to the degree trust and devotion to God the Father are
demonstrated, thereby releasing the soul’s beneficial cosmic healing rays.
At some point he assured his worried mother that he was about his father’s
business, which bore witness to the nature of his earthly manifestation.
Jesus’ simple message was the renunciation of earthly bonds coupled with
right motives and right living, in order to activate the blissful, enlightening
and rejuvenating flow of Christ Consciousness which emanates from God
the Father, when one is open and receptive. That consciousness which is
immanent in and transcendent of its creation.

In order to repay the visit of the Wise Men who came to worship him as
an infant, and in part, to avoid customary betrothal at the age of thirteen,
Jesus would travel to India. He resided in various cities there and spent the
remaining years in the Himalayas of Tibet before returning to Israel to
begin his ministry. The New Testament is curiously silent about the life of
Jesus for a period of eighteen years. He is spoken of as a boy of twelve
teaching in the temple and is next spoken of as he is about to be baptized
by John the Baptist at the age of thirty. Through all of these years away
from his homeland he was actively engaged in doing the work of his
Father. Ancient records exist in India and Tibet which are similar in scope
and depth to our New Testament and which document the high esteem in
which he was held.

He was remembered as Saint Issa as this was the name that had been
given him by the Wise Men. Jesus was incarnated as a Savior and was
recognized as such in India and Tibet almost universally, but he was
scorned and rejected, for the most part, at the hands of his own people. He
journeyed to the East, which was a mecca of spirituality for thousands of
years prior to his arrival. There were many holy men and saints who were
extremely spiritually evolved, yet they did not approach his level of God-
realization. Jesus possessed the pure Christ Consciousness of God the
Father from the moment of his conception. In India and Tibet he was
sought out by advanced devotees who possessed the necessary receptivity
to his liberating expression of God realization. He had the ability to elevate
their consciousness’s to the point where they could experience the
cessation of a dualistic existence apart from God. It was the fulfillment
their deepest desires and expectations to be able to bask in the presence
of one whose destiny it was to set in motion the eventual spiritual
transformation of humanity.

Jesus could have lived out his life peacefully and without incident in Tibet
or India, while being held in the high esteem which was accorded to him as
a prophet of God. In his homeland the need for a reformation of thought
was great, and the conditions were right to accomplish that which was
necessary to bring legendary status to himself and his teachings. He
returned to demonstrate the redeeming value of “turn the other cheek”
and “love they neighbor as thyself” as he set an example that was to
become the essence of Christianity.

In spite of all the periodically reoccurring distortions at the hands of the
various religious hierarchies who have unknowingly interpreted the
teachings of Jesus in a manner that conformed to the limits of their own
understanding, the essence of the fundamental truths remains intact.
Christianity continues to expand exponentially as it brings relief and
comfort to a long suffering humanity. Jesus set in motion the process of
raising the consciousness of civilization, and in doing so he became one of
the central figures of the human race. His divinely initiated mission of
unparalleled compassion had been fulfilled.

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