These are the hidden words that the living Yeshua spoke.
And Didymos Judas Thomas wrote down these sayings.

Yeshua says: “If you live the meaning of these words
you will not taste death.”

The words Thomas records are “hidden”, not because they are available only to a select few of specially chosen students. They are certainly not hidden in order to prevent anyone from discovering the life they contain. The words are “hidden” because to find their true meaning requires a deep commitment of the heart to live the wisdom they embody.

Anyone who “lives the meaning of these words will not taste death.” Jesus taught that there is a deathless dimension to life.

Jesus said to Martha, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.’ (John 11:26)

The words of Jesus are living words. They have the capacity to open me to the deathless dimension of life. These words touch that realm of being that transcends physical death and that can never be destroyed.

It is so easy to stay trapped on the time-bound horizontal axis of the material realm. The dimension of life that I apprehend through my physical senses is so compelling. I am so often preoccupied with the details of daily life. I miss the dimension to which Jesus pointed when he asked,

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? (Matthew 6:25)

It is this “more than” for which my heart longs. It is in this “more than” realm that I discover the deathless dimension of life we were all designed to apprehend.

But the realm of the deathless is elusive and subtle. If the words of Jesus are to open me to the transcendent eternal realm, I must listen deeply. To listen deeply requires that I slow down, open, and pay attention to the realities of my life in this present moment, just as they are. I must let go of my own way and trust the words that Jesus speaks. They are living words. They touch the vertical dimension of existence and open me to a truth deeper and more real than all the illusions to which I cling on the surface dimension of sight and sound.


My Advent word this year is: SOUL: Stop – Open – Unburden – Listen

I seek to STOP in the midst of whatever I am doing giving my heart space to open to the soul dimension of life that this season so boldly announces.