“Behold Thy Mother, Behold Thy Son”

BEHOLD is a key word to the third saying of Jesus while he was being crucified. I realize it is not a word we use in our everyday language. However, it still is used but mainly for dramatic effect in writings.

  • In 2014, Huffingtonpost published an articled titled, “Behold, The Most Influential Contemporary Black Artists In The Industry Today”.
  • In 2017, USA Today printed a headline, “Behold the Michelada, Dodgers Stadium’s signature spirit at the World Series”.
  • Arstechnica.com announced, “Behold, 157 new emoji for 2018”.

Because it is not widely used, many contemporary bible translators remove the word from their texts. Yet the standard translations retain it. The reason is because it is the exact word used in the original language.

“Behold” is a verb in the transitive preterit tense. As a participle passive we would use the word “beheld”. It means “to fix the eyes upon; to see with attention; to observe with care.” Think about that as you compare the readings from contemporary translations with the standard ones.

“Behold, thy son!” [Dramatic] verses “Here is your son.” “Here is your mother.” [Impersonal, almost flippant]. What a difference! Behold the lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29).

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Yes, the word is much used in this manner for exciting attention and admiration. It is in the imperative mode, expressing command, or exhortation; and by no means a mere exclamation. Why am I making this such a big deal?

The Greek word being translated is ἰδού. The term is second person singular imperative middle voice of εἴδω. This particle has an active voice. Its imperative mood demands you “see” something. It calls attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended in any way. It is drawing attention to a literal, physical object or being.

“Behold” is imperative mood “to see,” calling attention to what may be seen or heard or mentally apprehended in any way. These are regularly rendered “behold.”

If your bible uses the word “here” instead of “behold”, that is because it is translating a different Greek word. The Greek word is Ide instead of idou. It comes from ὁράω (horao, hor-ah’-o). Like idou, ide also means to see, perceive and attend to. However, where it differs is that, by definition, it demands your discernment to beware of something!

“HERE is your son” is a message of wariness, not responsibility.

Idou/behold, is reality. Ide, here, has a METAPHORICAL meaning! The term ide implies it is not literally true.

And herein lies my personal dispute. To flippantly use the phrase, “Here is your son…here is your mother” opens the door for the entire narrative to be interpreted as a metaphorical passage. It is based on a Greek word that implies a metaphorical meaning.

Our ancient creed from Nicaea assumes a literal, physical crucifixion of our Lord. It is not a made up story.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

Affirmations to Motivate Success

Every successful enterprise begins with intention. You intend on carrying out a vision. You intend on fulfilling a dream. You intend on bringing into reality a thought of your mind.

All the good intentions in the world are of no value unless they resurrect from your mind into the real world. However, intentions alone do not create success. You must connect your intent with your passion. It is your passion that moves your vision into reality. 

A body at rest affords us no idea of any active power to move, and when set in motion, it is rather a passion than an action in it. – Locke

The story of Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection has been zealously preserved. It is a pattern for success. Your vision is not alive until it goes through an internal crucifixion. Jesus’ crucifixion is referred to in theology as his PASSION.

The influence of Jesus’ teachings motivated enemies to cause his premature death. The effect of Christ’s suffering leading up to that death, however, empowered a resurrection of his teachings. 

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Your intentions will not find power until an external agent is forced upon them. That is why many success stories are born from adversity. The suffering, the denial, the betrayals, the failures all became motivation to make the concept real.

Here are 14 Affirmations to Motivate Success from my book, 56 Notions of Success,

  1. I am passionate to move my intentions into action.
  2. I am a motivational leader.
  3. I am wealthy with my ideas coming to fruition.
  4. I am strong and confident in my abilities and skills.
  5. I am a refined Professional enjoying the fruit of my labor.
  6. I am a wise project manager.
  7. I am mentally engaged growing through life’s challenges.
  8. I am victorious through hard work and effort.
  9. I have an unconquerable spirit!
  10. I deliver news faithfully and energetically.
  11. I am a fire spreading goodness.
  12. I am strong, stable, and in good health.
  13. I am honorable in conduct possessing good fortune.
  14. I am well liked with confident actions.

Affirmations For Success

Daily affirmations are so important. Every day you should audibly “affirm” something positive about yourself, your intent, and your belief. Affirmations are encouraged by Master Jesus where he taught:

Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Mark 11:23

This eternal mother principle of fertility, beauty, happiness and productiveness begins inside your heart. It proceeds from your heart out through your mouth. It leaves your mouth and becomes a reality. It works like magic!

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In my book, 56 Notions of Success, every chapter ends with a related affirmation. You are encouraged to adapt them for yourself. Every morning state them audibly. You’ll be amazed what it does for you “inside and out.”

Here are 14 Affirmations For Success:

  1. I am wealthy and appreciate the good things in life.
  2. I am a student of abundance.
  3. I act when the time is right.
  4. I am a specialist within my field of endeavor.
  5. I work for the greater good.
  6. I am a student of Strategy.
  7. I am charismatic and gifted to bestow.
  8. I am prosperous, sharing my wealth.
  9. I am victorious in life’s rhythm.
  10. I am a protector of unique knowledge.
  11. I am skilled and my inspired interests are profitable.
  12. I am abundant enjoying my hard earned success.
  13. I am a wealthy family man.
  14. I am noble in working to fulfill my purpose.

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The New Testament Problem of John’s Writings

Christian thought–what was once known as theology–has evolved over the centuries. Ever since the State takeover of the Council of Nicea (325 A.D.), Christian thought has incrementally removed itself from the original teachings of Jesus Christ.

The first century A.D. preserved the oral wisdom of Jesus in writing. Those writings continued over the next two centuries. The Primitive Church faithfully preserved Christic traditions. Unfortunately, they were not the chosen favorite of the State. Emperor Constantine’s Council created orthodoxy as opposed to heterodoxy.

Adherents of the Primitive Church were thenceforth branded as heretics. Their writings were systematically destroyed. Later generations were dependent on their enemies to explain what they taught. Would you trust your enemy to faithfully represent your beliefs and practices? Of course not!

There have been several more crisis points in the history of Christian Theology. The Great Schism of 1054 A.D. saw the Eastern Church split from the West. Now known as the Orthodox Church, it continues to preserve traditions in place a thousand years ago. Their traditions, however, are still 700 years away from the Primitive Church.

When the Roman priest Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the church door of Wittenberg, the so-called Great Reformation was well underway. Rather than reform the Roman Church it created another schism. The Protestant Church was exorcised for its protests. Although claiming to return to Primative teachings, it took with it many of the religious practices of the time.

The Protestant Church opened the door for further schisms. Different denominations were created. I grew up under the Baptist banner. Baptists, continuing the ancient tradition of schisms, have created an array of traditions. The American Civil War preserved cultural differences between the South and North. The Southern Baptist Convention remains powerful to this day producing 3 U.S. Presidents:

  • William Jefferson Clinton;
  • Jimmy Carter; and
  • Harry S. Truman.

The North did put their own Baptist in the White House: Warren Harding.

Baptists are a haven for Fundamentalists. Any layman could answer “the call” and become a minister. Whether or not he received training was irrelevant. “The blind leading the blind” enabled extreme teachings.

I was a leader in one of those Fundamentalist Baptist sects.

Born and reared under this strain of Christian Thought, I embraced its principles of individual soul liberty and truth being rooted in the scriptures. I began reading the bible at 8 years old. It took me 4 years to finish it and I have repeated that exercise scores of times.

In my teen years I got my hands on the writings of Primitive Church teachers. Much of what I absorbed raised questions when compared to Christian Thought. After divinity training I was lost in the work of the ministry. Any study seemed to be preparation for the 5,000 times I taught or spoke. During the three decades of Baptist ministry, there was a niggling in the back of my heart:

The problem of John’s writings in the New Testament.

Whereas the Catholic and Orthodox Churches emphasize the Gospels over the rest of scripture, the Protestants and Baptists elevated Paul’s writings as the filter to read the Gospels. The niggle in my heart was the fact that John wrote his Gospel and Apocalypse decades after the others.

Why?

My theological and divinity training suggested John later wrote to combat Gnosticism. The problem was when I read John’s writings, I see the preservation of what has been labeled Gnosticism. His high Christology; his emphasis on the Word; his revelation in the spirit of the Book of Enoch; it was hard for me to fully comprehend my denominational teaching.

And then again, should I trust the opponents to faithfully represent what Gnostics teach?

“I trow not” (Jesus, Luke 17:9).

I am not claiming to be a gnostic!

I am reclaiming my heart belief that the Primitive Church faithfully preserved the oral teachings of Jesus.

And I am now filtering Paul’s writings through John’s.