Messiah as Archetype

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John 4:14 “The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.” (MSG) 
[Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary LanguageColorado Springs: NavPress, 2002]

Messiah is the archetype of a dynamic inner force that draws us toward wholeness, integrity, compassion, and justice. To name Yeshua as the Messiah is only to describe the one who points us toward and catalyzes the messiah within ourselves. 

The longing for a Messiah, for one who would save and redeem the people and act as an intermediary between God and human is a longing universally expressed. From where does this longing come? First, the human being is split from its potential wholeness through the struggle to exist, and is thus separated from its Source. This is the human wound, inevitable and unavoidable. … If the Source desires to be restored to its wholeness, such restoration can only come by way of human’s struggles to be whole. (This expression of God’s longing for human helpers is expressed time after time in the Hebrew Scripture.)  From: Elizabeth Boyden Howes, Jesus’ Answer to God (1984), page 8

Jesus could not tell others he was the Messiah. For if he told them, they would not have to discover the Messiah within themselves. And if they did not discover the Messiah within themselves, they would not learn that they had such powers of discovery within themselves. And if Jesus did not enable them to discover such powers within themselves, he was not the Messiah.     From: Walter Wink, The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man (2002), p. 127

 

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