We often have a literal conception of Jesus' return, but the spiritual-mystical realization infinitely outshines it.
I suggest that the mythology of messianism points to qualities of the mystical experience and the awakening of the true Self identity in nondual consciousness.
Many traditions have a messiah who is thought will come to redeem them and the world. There is perhaps a mystical interpretation of this messianism.
The Christ-Buddha-Atman-Al-Insān al-Kāmil-Messiah-Zhenren-Tirthankara "suffers with," or has com-passion on, all other beings, because it sees in others a reflection of its Self. Others become a mirror of its Self. What you do to others, you do to Me. It looks out on the world, and all it sees is its true Self—everywhere it looks—in the [...]
These are some of my notes and reflections on Fr. Rohr's opening address at the conference a couple weeks ago.
And, what many may not know, there were many "Christs" who came prior to Jesus, and who were not Jesus, nor do I think they were prefiguring or foreshadowing Jesus. They were the "Christs" in their own right, who came in their own time, who developed what it meant to be a "Christ" or "Messiah" in ancient Israel long before the word was ever applied to Jesus. I think it may be helpful to become acquainted with these "Christs/Messiahs" to better understand who Jesus was.
A prominent belief in Jewish tradition is that the coming Messiah will "rebuild the temple." Jesus too said he would "rebuild the temple." But what temple?
An addition to the BHT, the first chapter of John which talks about the One from which all of reality has emerged, and of which all of reality is.