Yesterday apparently got away from me – I will endeavor not to have that happen again. Fortunately, the cats are getting better, slowly but surely. Thank God for that. 🙂
Today’s gospel was John 10:1-18, but I’d like to focus on John 10:16. Interestingly, pretty much all Christian scholars are in agreement that here, the “other flocks” referred to by Christ are the gentiles.
Baha’i scholars believe this to mean that the same spirit of Christ that has inhabited all of the Manifestations of God have created other flocks – for Baha’is Baha’u’llah (translated “Glory of God” – another title) was the second coming of Christ, here to unite all of the flocks together. Time and history will, of course, determine if that is the case – the Faith is only 170 years old.
The interesting part to this piece of music is the collection of scriptures from every major religion about their “second coming” (sometimes 5th, sometimes 12th, etc., depends on the religion).
So then we look at the broader passage of Matthew 24, both Verse 5, which indicates: “for many shall come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ,’ and shall deceive many.” and Verse 29-31: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
So, here, interestingly, Christ differentiated between His name and His title – the title is what Baha’is focus on. Baha’is also focus on the concept that He will return as a thief in the night – but reading those lines again, that seems to refer to the time of His coming, not the name. His return tends to be described as one where He will appear in the clouds, seen by all at once, writing His new name on a pillar. This would be from both Matthew and Revelation, so Christ, Himself said it. The link above goes through the Biblical verses about why Baha’is believe Baha’u’llah to be the return of Christ.
Like many, the concept of Christ’s return is a topic of great speculation to me. The Last Day was a fascinating (fictional, obviously) story of a modern return of a female as Christ. The Second Son was likewise fascinating. And no, these aren’t scriptural at all – just things I’ve read over the years, but they have made me think.
Baha’is would label me as still being a “Seeker” – one who seeks to find the truth. I’ll probably always be a seeker. I count on this to be true: “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:10)