The Crucifixion and Resurrection

In A Course in Miracles (ACIM) Jesus teaches us that the resurrection is more important than the Crucifixion.  He intended his execution to be a demonstration and lesson for us, so that we can contend with far less appalling perceived affronts, attacks, or injustices.  He elected, for our sake, to show that the most horrible assault “…as judged by the ego, does not matter.” He tells us,

I was betrayed, abandoned, beaten, torn, and finally killed, solely due to other's projection since, 'I had not harmed anyone and had healed many.' [T-6.I.9.2-3.]

Thus he became the “model for rebirth [T-6.I.7:2];” the realization in our minds which is already there. The resurrection is our reawakening to that truth which, in the form of the Holy Spirit, was placed in our minds by God.  Jesus accepted it, and asks that we join him in that acceptance so as to teach that truth. The crux of Jesus’ teaching about the Crucifixion and Resurrection can be found in Text-Chapter 6.

The crucifixion cannot be shared because it is the symbol of projection, but the resurrection is the symbol of sharing because the reawakening of every Son of God is necessary to enable the Sonship to know its wholeness.  Only this is knowledge. The Message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear.

Teach only love, for that is what you are.

If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than a call for peace for which it was intended.  The apostles often misunderstood it, and for the same reason that anyone misunderstands it. Their own imperfect love made them vulnerable to projection, and out of their own fear they spoke of the “wrath of God” as his retaliatory weapon.  Nor could they speak of the crucifixion entirely without anger, because their sense of guilt made them angry. 

In "Absence from Felicity," Ken Wapnick includes a special message from Jesus to Helen about the resurrection. It came because Helen asked Ken if he believed in the physical resurrection of Jesus. Ken suggested she, "ask the 'Boss' himself." Here is most of the message.

My body disappeared because I had no illusion about it.. It merely became what it always was. And that is what 'rolling the stone away means.' The body disappears, and no longer hides what lies beyond... To roll the stone away is to see beyond the tomb, beyond death, and to understand the body's nothingness. I did assume a human form with human attributes afterwards, to speak to those who were to prove the body's worthlessness to the world. This has been much misunderstood. I came to tell them that death is an illusion, and the mind that made the body can make another since form itself is an illusion. They did not understand. (emphasis added) [See "Absence from Felicity," 398-400.]

Jesus continues to make it clear that God created us as spirit; while the symbol of the world is the separation and the body.

Leave it behind. It cannot enter Heaven. But I can take you there any time you choose. Together we can watch the world disappear and its symbol vanish as it does. And then-and then-I cannot speak of that. A body cannot stay without illusions, and the last one to be overcome is death. This is the message of the crucifixion: there is no order of difficulty in miracles. This is the message of the resurrection. Illusion are illusions. Truth is true. Illusions vanish. Only truth remains. [See "Absence from Felicity," 398-400.]

It is important to note that in this message when Jesus spoke about assuming a human form, he made another body with his mind. He did not appear in the one that disappeared as the stone was rolled away. His message accentuates his teaching that our true reality is as spirit, and that bodies are illusions. Let's understand that from now on.