The personality of one of the worlds most influential people, Jesus Christ, has been a source of contention. The Essene Gospel of Peace, translated by Edmund Bordeaux Szekely gives us a new ray of insight into the teachings and beliefs of Christ. Ultimately each person has to decide what sort of personality they think Christ has. It is important that we know all the accounts of Jesus’s life to best make this decision.
My goal is to provide information that will broaden the scope of your perceptions of Christ and aid you in your own spiritual work.
Now the Essene Christ is described as very close to nature. Does the Modern Gideons Bible portray Jesus as being close to nature?
Yes it does, Matthew Chapter 3 begins with, “Now in those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is the one referred to by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
“THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, MAKE READY THE WAY OF THE LORD, MAKE STRAIGHT HIS PATHS!”
Now John himself had a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt about his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.” And then chapter 4 of Matthew begins with “ Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit onto the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after He had fasted forty days and forty nights,”
The Essene Christ preaches about a thing called the Living Word, and that it is to be found in nature and these verses from Matthew certainly confirm that the Bible does also portray the beginnings of Christ’s ministry as coming from the Wilderness.
Then again in Matthew Ch. 4 line 18, “And walking by the sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers,”
The picture is clear, John the Baptist lived very close to nature, wearing homemade clothes and eating wild foods, Jesus is labelled by John as coming from the wilderness, Jesus fasts and prays in the wilderness before starting His ministry, and some of the first disciples were living close to nature fishing on the beach.