In Luke 7:18-35, an odd story is told. John the Baptist sends a delegation to Jesus and has them ask Jesus if he is the “Expected One” or Messiah. Then, Jesus goes on to praise the prophetic qualities of John the Baptist, as if John is the better man.
How can this be?
If John had declared Jesus as the Messiah at the baptism on the river Jordan, then why is John asking Jesus if he is the Messiah later in the text? What has changed that makes John question his first intuition as to Jesus’ calling?
We first have to start from the ideology and philosophy of each man. The ideology specifies the route or path of spiritual development. We will see that these two men are exact opposites of each other, which means that the final attainment for one is the just the midpoint of the other.
John follows the Passion/Kundalini-based philosophy of dying to self or killing the ego. This path of spiritual development begins with the initiation of the Kundalini so that it may burn away all the impurities within the soul. Fasting is an important part of this spiritual system. Food is always burnt first. When there is no food in the body to burn, the Kundalini then moves to burning the impurities within the soul.
The wearing of animal skins is another indicator of the Passion/Kundalini-based path. Traditionally, those who wear a lion’s skin or other animal skin are those who have killed the ego or animal within. They wear the skin to show that they possess the animal and not the other way around.
Last but not least, from the beginning John was on a mission. John is on fire. His baptizing ritual was mean to reenact the moment when the Kundalini had broken through the top of the inner sanctum and allowed the Grace of God (usually symbolized as water and or light) to flow into the cleansed soul, which makes the aura glow with light. So, the final destination of this path is “enlightenment.”
Jesus follows the Grace/Light-based philosophy of growing into your purpose. This path of spiritual development begins with the empowerment of Grace so that it will cleanse the soul as it flows deeper and deeper into the soul. This path is also known as the Grail path.
Healing is the hallmark of this path. Practitioners are more likely to be compassionate and peace loving. They eat freely so that the Kundalini will burn the food and not the inner life that is growing within the inner sanctum. Life and others manipulate them. There are many times that Jesus must run away from the crowds. He is not directing them in any way, but he is accepting each request for blessing and healing.
It is not until the Transfiguration that Jesus has a true mission where he is directing the actions and hoping for reactions from others. He purposely rides a donkey into Jerusalem for Passover. He purposely ransacks the temple to infuriate the priests. So, the final destination for this path is “God’s mission” or divine purpose.
In each, the other sees the final destination of their own specific path. John sees the light in Jesus’ aura when he comes to be baptized. However, this is the light of innocence – not the light of attainment. Jesus sees the missionary fire of John. However, this is the fire of embolism or cleansing – not the fire of divine purpose.