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The Story of Jesus on Solomon’s Porch

July22

There is a story about Jesus in the Gospel of John. The story tells us about a time when Jesus was traveling around trying to spread his message. I chose this story because it reminds us that, beyond everything else, the story of Jesus is a story of one man’s journey of following his dreams in the face of all adversity and conflict, a story of offering his gift to the world even when most people thought he was a nutcase, a story of an ordinary human being who awakened and became the Son of God.

Many of my conversations with people begin with them saying “I know I have a calling but… I have a family to support/I have mortgage to pay/I am poor/I don’t know where to start” etc. And I remind them that stories of countless great men and women who followed their dreams and somehow made a great impact on the world began in the same way. Be it Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, your next door neighbor, it’s always the same story.

At some point we are inspired (in spirit) and our voice within us tells us to get out of our comfort zone and begin walking in some general direction. This getting out of the door and begin walking (metaphorically speaking of course) is always difficult because in the end, it’s never about anyone else, it’s always about you. “Getting out” means going beyond your doubts and fears, all the accumulated negative programming, and realigning your life not in the name of success and prosperity but true bliss. When we follow our true bliss, everything else follows. The journey begins with clarifying what really matters to us and rejecting what doesn’t. Embarking on such a journey is synonymous with offering that truth to your fellow beings by example, not lofty speech, and inviting them to awaken as well to fulfilling their personal destinies.

As anyone who has ever tried such a thing knows it’s never easy. But I am here to remind you that it is much easier now than ever before. Just about 400 years ago on February 17, 1600 the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt at stake by the Church for supporting the discoveries of Copernicus and claiming that earth revolves around the sun (along with certain other advanced spiritual beliefs that cannot be addressed here). He was famously quoted to have said to his persecutors “Maiori forsan cum timore sententiam in me fertis quam ego accipiam (Perhaps you pronounce this sentence against me with greater fear than I receive it).”

We live in a much better world today, you should realize. Following our hearts and speaking what is the truth has never been easier. Easier of course does not mean easy, there is still great danger for anyone who questions or threatens the established world powers. But that point is far away; the greatest battle for most people begins with the battle against our own ego minds – the part of us that only understands the world through the filters of separation and desire, the lazy, repetitive, selfish part that is perpetually addicted to delusions of psychological security. So no, the journey is not easy, it is littered with obstacles both within and without, but it is your destiny. And until you start listening to that voice within and take the next step, you will never truly know true fulfillment, happiness, freedom or love, no matter how much power, money or fame you gather.

Anyway, back to our story of Jesus, try to go through it with an open mind no matter what your religious beliefs are. There are of course multiple layers to this story, but the simplest of them all is this: this is the story of a man inspired by the truth within heart, a man in love, a man awakened.

The Story of Jesus on Solomon’s Porch

Taken from the Gospel of John, Chapter 10, Verse 22-39. (Certain parts have been edited for readability. All words in quote are unchanged from the Bible.)

It was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem and it was winter. Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Seeing him arrive, the people surrounded him and said to him, “How long are you going to keep us in doubt? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered “I told you and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me… I and my Father are One.

Hearing this they took up stones again to stone him.

To this Jesus said “Many good works I have shown you from my Father. For which of those works do you stone me?”

They answered saying “For a good work we do not stone you, but for blasphemy, and because you, being a man, make yourself God.”

Jesus answered them, “Is is not written in your law, ‘I said, you are Gods’?” (Referring to Moses)

“If he called them Gods, to whom the word of God came… do you say of him… ‘You are blaspheming?’, because I said ‘I am the Son of God’?”

“If I do not do the works of my father, do not believe me; but if I do, though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him.

Hearing this they sought again to stone him but he escaped out of their hand.


So I’m sharing this story with you to think about it. There are many layers, many aspects to consider. The easiest thing to do after reading this story is saying to yourself “Hallelujah! Truly Jesus was great…” then going about your day. But everyone knows that already and the world is still engulfed by the darkness of ignorant indifference. The harder thing to do is asking “How can I follow his footsteps and do what he did? How can offer my gift to a world where there is so much suffering perpetuated by ruthless greed, ignorance and the chain reaction of indifference? How can I overcome my doubts and fears and speak the truth in a way that can make some difference? What can I do today, even if in my own small way, so if I die tomorrow, I will have left behind a slightly better world for generations to come?” …and then actually doing something about it. The ocean is a multitude of many small drops, and when one drop changes the ocean is never the same again.

Just like Jesus, the Father is in you too, and in people of Syria and Sudan. Just like Jesus, you too are One with the Father, just like the people of Cuba, Guatemala, Vietnam, Laos, Iraq, Greece, Libya… Just like Jesus, you too have a journey to make, a gift to offer, a world to change. But will you? Will you commit yourself to the deepest truth that is within your heart? Will you do the hard work that is necessary to clear your brain, to train your eyes to see through the thick fog of lies and propaganda made up of glamour, glitter and gold that surrounds us all today? That’s the difficult choice.

How long are we going to pretend not to understand what is truly at stake? A tree is known by the fruit it produces; it seems to me that we are producing way too much suffering. How long are we going to distract ourselves with TV and family, work and money, relationship dramas and selfies, while mothers and fathers around the world are waking up in the middle of the night to see their children burning or starving? When playing the Game of Gods, indifference is usually not a very good strategy.

In the end, let me leave you with one of the most elegant, powerful and inescapable truths that govern our reality, it comes from Issac Newton’s third law of motion: For every action, there is same and opposite reaction. So, here is my wake up call for you today: if you find yourself unwittingly or unwillingly serving as a link in the chain reaction of indifference that is setting off many shock waves around the world today, maybe its time to reconsider your life strategies, maybe its time to seriously reevaluate your role in this great game, and see where truth leads you to. This is not a moral teaching, simply an invitation for clear thinking. While it is true that everything is perfect when seen from sufficient enough altitude, it is also true that ignorance rarely, if ever, brings bliss in the long term. If I were you, I’d do some serious thinking.

So… something to think about.

Shafin

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26 Comments to

“The Story of Jesus on Solomon’s Porch”

  1. On July 22nd, 2009 at 11:21 am maggie Says:

    I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are all part of God and we each and everyone have the mental ability to move our lives into the light.
    We are often too caught up in the cant instead of the can. We can all be whoever we wish to be as we all have limitless potential if we would just listen to our inner whisper which is our God speaking to us and guiding us. Thankyou Zane for your teaching once again and for highlighting that which we should always be remembering. Faith and action are the keys.

  2. On July 22nd, 2009 at 11:40 am Bill Says:

    Thank you…..

  3. On July 22nd, 2009 at 12:03 pm rachna Says:

    Hi Shafin,
    I got in touch with you last year and you did respond to my emails for which I am grateful.2 years ago,I had this experience–like a vision–as if someone is trying to tell me who i am and why i am here.Since then it has been an extraordinary journey,not an easy one but the sacred journey of my soul,from which there is no turning back.I feel you are a part of my journey.you have touched my life in so many ways at so many turning points,you will never ever know….thank you…

  4. On July 22nd, 2009 at 12:49 pm Shafin de Zane Says:

    Thank you Rachna for your kind compliments. I'm glad my work has touched your life. I'd like to remind you though that such is the way life works when you choose to follow your dreams and offer your gift to the world.

    In the beginning its always scary to follow that "vision". Its scary because it always, invariably tells us to go beyond the comfort of the known. It tells us to become something we never think we can become. It tells us to offer a gift no one seems to be ready for. Such is the journey. Yet, if you take the next step, help always arrives. Teachers, guidance, books, inspirations, visions and signs keep giving us all the resources and strength we need to become all that we are destined to become. And also that's just in the beginning.

    Once you are able to overcome the initial struggle of doubt and fear, the journey becomes increasingly easy. After a while, everything you want is fulfilled by merely imagining it. God truly overwhelms you with all His gifts and miracles and serendipities and synchronicities. After a while, its a little embarrassing on how everything just "works out" for you in the most improbable way while the rest of the world goes about in their struggle and fight!

    Such is the journey. That's why its so much fun! And its meant to be fun. We forget that Oneness means Love. Oneness means ecstasy. Oneness means pure joy and freedom.

    A spiritual journey is not only divine, its also ridiculously fun! Remember that and keep taking the next step and the next. Before you know it, you will open your eyes!

    Lotsa love,

    Shafin

  5. On July 22nd, 2009 at 12:51 pm Shafin de Zane Says:

    Thank you Rachna for your kind compliments. I'm glad my work has touched your life. I'd like to remind you though that such is the way life works when you choose to follow your dreams and offer your gift to the world.

    In the beginning its always scary to follow that "vision". Its scary because it always, invariably tells us to go beyond the comfort of the known. It tells us to become something we never think we can become. It tells us to offer a gift no one seems to be ready for. Such is the journey. Yet, if you take the next step, help always arrives. Teachers, guidance, books, inspirations, visions and signs keep giving us all the resources and strength we need to become all that we are destined to become. And that's just the beginning…

    Once you are able to overcome the initial struggle of doubt and fear, the journey becomes increasingly easy. After a while, everything you want is fulfilled by merely imagining it. God truly overwhelms you with all His gifts and miracles and serendipities and synchronicities. After a while, its a little embarrassing on how everything just "works out" for you in the most improbable way while the rest of the world goes about in their struggle and fight!

    Such is the journey. That's why its so much fun! And its meant to be fun. We forget that Oneness means Love. Oneness means ecstasy. Oneness means pure joy and freedom.

    A spiritual journey is not only divine, its also ridiculously fun! Remember that and keep taking the next step and the next. Before you know it, you will open your eyes!

    Lotsa love,

    Shafin

  6. On July 23rd, 2009 at 1:55 pm rachna Says:

    Thank you very much,
    for the most part it has been an amazing trip,i am blissful,ecstatic
    almost all day,everyday.
    I just need to connect with my desire in my thoughts and i feel i am in paradise.
    I hope you can understand what i am trying to convey…..rachna

  7. On July 22nd, 2009 at 12:47 pm shankar Says:

    Thank you for making me understand who I am in this journey called life.
    Regards
    Shankar.

  8. On July 22nd, 2009 at 1:45 pm Nisha Says:

    Dear Shafin De Great
    Sharing what you have experienced is a beautiful way of
    relating to others…..
    While thanking to the Father, I thank you too by deep in my heart
    coz you are the one who showed me the path to begin this journey

  9. On July 22nd, 2009 at 3:48 pm Rose Says:

    I love your post. We all are powerful beings. We have no ideal how

    powerful. We wont use what God gave us. If we did we would have no

    sickness. Beloved, I wish you alway peace and love

  10. On July 22nd, 2009 at 4:12 pm diann Says:

    For almost five years I have a vision of being a writer and speaker. And I have done very little to bring this vision to life. It so much easier to sit in the common and wellknow life that is mine. There are less risks and failures.

  11. On July 23rd, 2009 at 7:04 am Monzur Sadeque Says:

    I was really wondering when I was reading your story. I had the same thought two weaks ago and I was pondering on it.

    Any human has the inherent ability to connect with God and work for God.
    Spirituality now does not belong to saints or monks only; science has brought it to our doorsteps-Just you need to awaken yourself !

    Monzur Sadeque

  12. On July 23rd, 2009 at 11:10 am Amandeep Says:

    Thanks Shafin!

    Thanks for being there…..

  13. On July 23rd, 2009 at 10:53 pm Nona Delcea Says:

    Thank you again, Shafin!
    You are a great inspiration to me, my family, my friends, and a lot more..
    Absorbing knowledge for about a year now, which in itself changed me a lot already.
    Right now, I'm working very hard at eliminating doubt, fear, judgement and separation from my mentality. My tools: willpower and prayer. Is that enought?
    Blessings to you
    Nona Delcea

  14. On July 24th, 2009 at 9:47 am Yma Says:

    Thanks…Sometimes we need reminders like these. Jesus was a great teacher and a great learner too. He showed us all that sometimes, the best teachers are the people with whom we share the battlefield . He learnt and taught about LIVING and not just existing… that you need to listen to your inner voice … even when you do not see the final destination that it will lead you too!!
    Jesus was ONE GREAT TEACHER … and thanks for reminding me.

  15. On August 14th, 2009 at 5:39 pm Nellie Says:

    Dear Shafin
    You have so much to share, I’m impress for your talent. Imagine you do it with all your heart sharing and motivating people. Good job I enjoined the course spiritual motivation May you continue to be blessed as you bless others with this information.

    Thank you & Bless your heart.
    God loves you so do i
    Nellie

  16. On July 24th, 2016 at 11:54 am cristina Says:

    I agree with you.Shafin is a blessed man and he has an enormous capacity to transmitting feelings .He's a human being we'd like to talk during an entire life.We're lucky he exists.

  17. On September 6th, 2009 at 7:59 pm robert Says:

    Dear Shafin,
    thank you very much for Jesus story. i am now under pressure – my earthly Father is dying due to ALS. And i am one with Heavenly Father and my Father is one with Him too. I bless you, i bless my Father, i bless His name.
    Please do continue your work, do help us to awake!
    Robert

  18. On October 29th, 2009 at 12:00 am Ashwinji Says:

    Truly great my dear shafin.

  19. On November 10th, 2009 at 3:15 am Marianne Says:

    INDEED !
    For each and everyone of us is God's Temple. HE is our very breath and heartbeat.

    "BE STILL…. AND KNOW …I AM GOD…IN YOUR VERY MIDST"

    Has it ever occured to you that to state "I AM" is the highest form of worship one can offer to God….knowing that it is GOD who is the very SOURCE of your life?
    It requires the deepest and most profound humility,,,and at the same time the utmost reverence to know HIS NAME! I AM. Then our words become sparce, holy in thought, never again fearful…but joyous and most peaceful for PERFECT LOVE is the indwelling SPIRIT living the LIFE each and everyone of us have been gifted!
    Realizing this TRUTH, we become Lights of this dying world…bringing JOY, and above all, the PEACE, that passeth human undestanding!
    Keep up the good work Shafin…

    NAMASTE!

    Most sincerely,
    Marianne

  20. On March 14th, 2010 at 1:34 am Robert DiVirgilio Says:

    For the most part Jesus was very well received, tho we don't hear much about that, he came at a time and when the energy was conducive to his words being widely received, he traveled the known world and had a very strong effect, when he spoke to large gatherings his voice touched all with equal volume, most of those who came to hear him speak and those he met along his way knew they were in the presence of greatness, "think of this world as a dream and is it the dream you wish" he changed thought mostly.

  21. On May 9th, 2010 at 8:42 pm s.ismail Says:

    So gentle yet so true. Maturity gives one this understanding.Some may just not get it. Life is a journey- from every experience we gain knowledge, and through all the pain we become resilient. This story strck a deep chord in me. Keep up the good work Shafin. I find your__depth and honesty truly inspirings.

  22. On May 21st, 2010 at 3:11 pm menon Says:

    Dear Shafin,
    You have disturbed me with your questions.I feel that you are directly asking me these questions.. Its really soul searching questions. I too want to make the world a better place by awakening my destiny. I want to make a diference in peoples' lives.. But I keep asking how and I am yet to get the answer. Actually, I think I get answers sometime, but I am not sure whether it is the right answer. Hesitation and doubts and fear keep me routed to the same things which I have been doing for so many years. I have been meditating for sometime now, but to be quite honest, it has not been consistent . May be I should be more focussed when I meditate. Anyway, thanks Shafin for your wonderful message. You have so much to share and you share it so freely.

  23. On July 23rd, 2016 at 2:57 pm maria Says:

    Thank you for the Jesus story and it made me to be silent and I went on reading the whole the spiritual blog until the last comment. It was great and absolutely a great awakening.

  24. On July 24th, 2016 at 5:29 am Janice Halton Says:

    Hi Shafin,

    What a profound story about Jesus on Solomon's Porch. We as born again believers should be following the example of Jesus proclaiming His message to the world, to put out the darkness, and let God's Light shine over the earth.

    I have been doing a great deal of praying for the "Awaken" to take place in people lives. The more Truth we know, the better humanity would be. I am seeking more Truth to draw me closer to God, because the more I know will help me to let my light shine Brighter in the world.

    Thank you for always sharing such profound inspiration with us.

  25. On July 24th, 2016 at 10:37 am GERSHON Says:

    Thank you Shafin for opening my understanding. This life is about leaving a LEGACY for the next generation; and what can be done is in diverse ways. That is where I agree with you that we must THINK!!! Thinking and meditating over our unique talents will let us know what to do for prosperity to remember us when we are no more. Once again thank you very much.

  26. On July 24th, 2016 at 3:10 pm Dinesh Nagpal Says:

    Yes, I am ready to be the part of this journey. Rather I am already moving on the same path.

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