This is a study of what happened during the period of Jesus’ life that the Bible leaves empty. Why was nothing mentioned? What did He do during the time He was 13 to 29? Stay with me, maybe you will get to really know the man, Jesus!
Sources from, The Bible (several versions), Elizabeth Clare Prophet’s book “The Lost Years of Jesus”, personal experiences, and of course the Internet.
Key Words: St. Issa, Lost Years of Jesus, India, Jesus Christ, Jesus In India, Jesus Buddhist monk
Written by David Patrick Bryan, proofed by Richard Matthews
“Know the Man”
The first thing that I need to state is simply this, “Religion is a Philosophy of Life”, “a discipline” if you will. All religions, from Atheism to Zoroastrianism are based on faith. An atheist “believes” there is no God, Voodoo “believes” in the hex that is put on a subject, Zen believes that all answers are already inside us while Christians & Jews believe that God is inside us and He has all the answers, so on and so on.
My son, Corey had just got home from Lexington. He had been studying with his Christian Fellowship group and he said to me, “Dad, if someone found the bones of Jesus, Christianity would be no more.” He is right; most Christians believe that Christ rose from the dead and that while in the tomb He was lifted up by the Father and He assented into heaven. We have evidence of this “lifting up” in the Shroud of Turin.
The Shroud is a burial cloth that has been dated back to the first century. On the Shroud is a image that many believe to be Jesus Christ and on this image one can see the subjects feet pointing in a downward position, this would have happened if he was lifted up. Many believe this occurred during the process when his image was infused on the burial cloth. The general study of this concludes one to believe that that time was the moment when the Father lifted Him up from the dead. That the Spirit and Energy that is Jesus Christ returned to His body. There is that word “believe again.”
Let us take a look at some of the misunderstood verses of the Bible. Matthew’s verse 5:38 speaks of “turning the other cheek”. We all have come to know this as great advice in itself. Now, do we know Jesus as a leader and the greatest of all leaders, teachers, and community organizers, past or present?
Think about it, Jesus did not like his followers being slapped around. He knew that when someone slapped you on the right cheek they (and most were right handed) would have to slap you with the back of the hand. In Jesus’ days that meant the person being slapped was inferior to the one who back handed them, a direct insult to the person being slapped.
Even today being back handed is very insulting. But if you turned and gave them your left cheek as He is quoted in saying, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek turn and offer them your left”. For them to slap your left cheek they would have to do it with an open inside of the right hand and that, in Jesus’ time, would mean you two were equal. In those days, no Jew (except one of Christ disciples) would dare to be considered equal to one of Jesus’ followers. Thus in time this would stop the liberal slapping of His disciples, a very intelligent man was Jesus.
The very next sentence in verse 38 gets even better, It says basically, that if someone sues you for your shirt give them your coat as well. I have to laugh when I think of this great piece of advice. You see in Jesus day, all the men wore was a long shirt and a long coat. The men had no need for underwear.
Are you starting to see? Well let me clear this up a bit. If you took off your shirt and your coat you would be naked and in Jewish law the sin is “NOT” on the naked person but the one who looks upon the naked person. Bold? Yes indeed! But it worked and people soon began to respect and negotiate with the disciples of Jesus. His popularity grew. What a smart man, wow!
They knew that they were not dealing with someone to be taken lightly, that people would die, disrobe, or whatever Jesus ask them to do. Many followers came into the flock because of this genius of geniuses. I know that some of you may be offended by this “naked” issues but remember that Jesus’ times are not like our times. It was not uncommon to see someone naked then. Remember Mark 14:51-52 “A young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen [cloth]. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen [cloth] and ran off naked”.
I could not leave you without referring to Christ’s divinity. That may be unrequited and possibly could be a little disappointing to some so here goes. We will go to one of the most misunderstood verses of the Bible. I have heard Priests, Pastors and many other good Christians get this one completely wrong. In Matthew 27:46 “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
Over the centuries many have called this “Jesus moment of doubt and fear”. I personally have heard explanations that Jesus was human, so it was normal for him to have this doubt because of Him being near death and His fear of dying. Well no that is simply “Not Right!” “Jesus is perfect”. When you reach enlightenment, should you ever have a near death experience, if you ever are blessed in this life to experience what heaven is like, you will know for a fact that “Fear” does not exist there and Jesus being Divine would not have this self induced emotion, that so many of us create within ourselves.
What was Christ referring to was the 22nd Psalm? When Jesus said “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” or, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? He was making a giant point by making a reference. Understand that in Jesus’ days there were no bibles to go around, the people were taught the Psalms and recited them by memory such like we do our prayers today, i.e. the Our Father, Lay me down to sleep, Grace before meals, etc.
An educated Rabbi (such as Jesus) would know and be able to quote all of the Psalms’ Chapters (or “Songs”) and all of their verses. So if they wanted to quote one of the Psalms or part of it, they would simply say the first or identifying verse and in this case it was ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?
For example, let’s say you wanted to request a musician to play a song for you, you may not sing the whole song but you would probably say or sing the identifying verse, right? Don’t feel bad if you thought different, even others at the cross did as well. They sure didn’t know the Man! What Jesus was saying is that the scriptures were being fulfilled in their presence. Please, when you can, read Psalms 22, so you can see for yourself the many things that were foretold in Chapter 22 about the crucifixion.
I’ll leave you for now with a couple of notes. One is Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”. This is simply about “baggage”. A rich man has the “baggage” of his money, goods, and property which he must not worship. Some believe that the “eye of the needle” is a gate or passage way through Jerusalem but I don’t.
The word in Aramaic for camel is “gamla” which also means “a large rope”. Depending on how it is used in the sentence determines which meaning of the word is too be used. Much like our word “live”, as in “is it live TV” or “it is good to live”. Because sewing is implied here and not riding or transporting packages the most obvious choice would be “a large rope”. In other words, a rich man would have to trim his rope excessively in order to thread the needle. He could do this by not charging unfairly for goods, sharing more of his wealth with his servant’s salaries, giving to the poor, many ways of utilizing the blessings he has received, many ways of being thankful for his successful business.
The other note is a clue to what I am working on currently. St. Issa, is someone you may want to look up. Many believe he was Christ during the time Jesus was around the age of thirteen through the age of twenty nine. The Bible leaves us alone during this period of Christ life. It is often called the forgotten years of Christ.
Many believe that when Jesus became of age (somewhere around 13) the wise men came back to take him to India to study higher religions in the Himalayas. Later he was in Asia and was called Issa, Saint Issa to be exact. There are several books about this man, and how he went around India and Asia, learning, then teaching and performing miracles.
In Leh (Asia) many Hindu and Buddhists tell about a pond (that is still there today), and near this pond was a tree that St. Issa (Jesus) preached under just before He returned to Palestine, to begin His Ministry, named “The Way” and later to become Christianity.
Does all of this help you see what an intelligent and perfect person Jesus the man was as well as Him being Our Lord? I am impressed each time I learn of the reasons behind His well calculated actions. I am impressed each time I think about what Jesus would do in so many of my difficult situations or like the wrist bands say, “WWJD”.
I honestly hope you don’t disapprove for my sharing any of this with you? Just remember Jesus said for us “to love” everyone but come to think about it He never did say that you had to “like” everyone. Oh a very intelligent man indeed He was or I should say He is. … David Patrick Bryan
“Really Know the Man”
I can remember when I was a young man hearing about the three wise men from the east coming to see the infant Jesus and requesting that when he comes of age, that they would be allowed to teach Jesus in the “Higher Learning”. I always thought this to be an interesting story in itself. Funny how things stick with us, is it not?
“Higher Learning,” what could be higher than being the son of God. But we must remember that the Father sent the Holy Spirit to Mary (a 14-year-old virgin), so that with her acceptance, she would conceive and give birth to the Messiah, Jesus. It was important that He would become one of us — which He would put his pants on the same way we did, so to speak. I am sure Jesus got sick as a child, laughed, and cried; his body would grow and change into a man. The Bible even says, “He would grow in wisdom.” So Jesus had to learn and I am sure, just like the rest of us, He had to understand who He was and what was needed of Him.
What did happen during the time he became a man (about the age of 13) until He began His Ministry (about the age of 30)? The Bible does not have any information. That’s right, nothing! Does that make you wonder why? It did me! What is there to hide or not allow to be read? Surely some of the apostles or some of Jesus’ followers must have known, or heard something? Maybe many knew but that information was not allowed to be included in the Bible, just like many other gospels from several apostles and disciples besides Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Speaking of the apostle John, he was a cousin of Jesus. Surely he knew. Does it make you wonder at all? Does me!
We read about the of the time when Jesus was found in the temple and then nothing more until when He started His ministry about the age of 30. These 17 blank years are sometimes referred to as “The Forgotten Years”. We read in Luke 2:51 “… and Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” He was just barely a teenager then, and the very next chapter is a prelude to the public ministry of Jesus, who was 30 at that time. Are you telling me that from the time he was a young teen to the age of 30 there was nothing important to write about? Come on now, we are talking about Jesus. Think about it!
I got to thinking about that story of the wise men I had heard as a young man. Did Jesus reunite with the wise men from the east? What went on? I know that Jesus was at the marrying age, when parents would promise their sons and daughters to other families, but the Bible never mentions Jesus as being married? How did He escape that? I am sure He was a really cool dude; He must have been very gifted and very popular. So with all these thoughts swimming in my head, a book, written by Elizabeth Clare Prophet aided in resolving the dilemmas. Her book is entitled, “The Lost Years of Jesus.”
Ms. Prophet mainly writes about the discoveries of 4 individuals with the same questions that I have put in front of you. Manuscripts purportedly found by several individuals include writings of a St. Issa (who lived during Jesus’ time), who was a teacher, a healer and a miracle worker. It is believed by many in the East (and some in the West), that St. Issa is actually our Jesus.
In 1887, Nicholas Notovitch saw records of the life of St. Issa at Lhasa and other monasteries. He claimed to have also seen documentation at Himis, and in 1894 he published the verses read to him. Swami Abhedananda in 1922 confirmed Notovitch’s story and wrote “In Kashmir and Tibet” verifying many of the particulars of Notovitch’s story. Nicholas Roerich wrote “Life of Saint Issa” in 1925, which was taken from written and oral information about St. Issa. And Elizabeth Caspari in 1939, with no prior knowledge of the Issa legends or of Notovitch’s book, was shown three books by the librarian at Himis who explained, “These books say your Jesus was here!”
Others who are mentioned are Justice Bill Douglas, world traveler Ed Noack, and Professor Bob Ravicz. In the late seventies Edward F. Noack and his wife Helen were hunting in northwest Pakistan. A monk at Himis told Mr. Noack, “There are manuscripts in our library that describe the journey of Jesus to the East.” Ms. Prophet goes into great details to show that these documents about our Jesus do exist and are genuine. If you wish to prove this for yourself, do the research, read the book, or whatever it takes. I promise it will be well worth it. What I am going to do for the rest of this article is share with you what I have learned from my research.
During Jesus’ youth as a teenager until the time He began His ministry at the age 30, He traveled from Israel to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, the Himalayas of Tibet, Nepal, and ended up at Lhasa Tibet. He returned to Israel full of all knowledge and fully realizing His destiny as the Christ, the savior of mankind.