Question: Is Jesus Lord and Savior?
Lord-a person that has control, power and authority over others.
Savior-someone who saves something or someone from harm.
Why does the spiritual seeker seek? What is the question that burns in the mind of every spiritual seeker-“Can I have a consistent peace in spite of whatever is going on in this body, whatever thoughts pass through the mind? Is it possible to have a body and mind, yet not follow anger, fear, jealousy, pride, etc.? Can I be completely in it, but not of it? Can I completely die to any attachment to the “me” and its endless suffering?” Does Jesus help you do this? Jesus said himself, “Those who lose their life will gain it.”
Do you still hold value in “my life,” my family, my position, my job, my bank account, my beliefs, my expectations and standards, my likes and dislikes, my pleasures and pains, my demands, and my church? A few moments of watching the news and it becomes evident that this sense of “mine” does extraordinary harm. If you watch your daily life, you can feel the subtle fear and aggression to preserve, when you think about the loss or violation of “mine-” my stuff, my money, my body and health, my kids, my home, my job, etc.
Identification with this “me” along with identification with body responses is the cause for suffering. Does Jesus save you from this harm of identification? Are you willing to die for it? Not physically, but completely lose the life of the “me?” This is the core of Jesus’s message-repent. The origin of repent means to “turn away.” Turn away from what? The sense that “I am an individual with individual thought patterns that matter.” Are you willing to give complete power and control over to Jesus’s message of death and so come in contact with the Lord?
Surely, someone who has not just conceptually; but actually turned away and experienced their own dissolution has been saved from the illusory “me” and its mischief. Yes, Jesus’s message saves those who are willing to turn away (repent) and allow this false-self to wither and starve. How? PRAY FOR A DEATH OF THE “ME”. Who does that besides the most intense devotee? Narrow is the gate.