His students said to Yeshua: “We know that you will leave us.
Who then will rule over us?”

Yeshua replied: “Wherever you are, turn to James the Just.
All that concerns heaven and earth is his domain.”

The students of Yeshua are afraid. How will they find their way in the absence of their earthly teacher? Who will guide them? How will they discern the truth?

Yeshua appears to point them to his brother James the Just as the authority who will “rule over” them. He is the one apparently who has “heaven and earth” as “his domain.”

The concerns of Yeshua’s students are legitimate. How do we know the true way? Who is the keeper of the traditions? How are we to know what is the right authority for governing our life as a community?

In the Gospel of Matthew, responding to the same concern, Jesus said,

you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. (Matthew 23:8-10)

In John’s Gospel Jesus said,

This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. (John 14:17)

This “Spirit of truth…will be in you”.

Yeshua’s students do not need to worry. Jesus also said,

remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:20)

The truth and authority I need for my life, dwells in my inner being. The truth does not need guarding or defending by any human mechanism, institution, or leadership. Truth is self-authenticating in the heart that is open to love.

Ultimately, there is no external authority that can guard the truth of Jesus that exists at the core of my being. Whenever I place some external authority in the place of that inner truth, I lose touch with the deep inner reality that is my true nature and the only ultimate guide to truth in my life.

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SOUL: Stop – Open – Unburden – Listen

What are the disciplines and practices that help me to listen deeply to the voice of truth that speaks with authority in my heart?

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