17 From that time Jesus began to preach,
and to say,
“Repent: for the kingdom of heaven
is at hand.”
18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee,
saw two brethren, Simon called Peter,
and Andrew his brother,
casting a net into the sea:
for they were fishers.
19 And he saith unto them,
“Follow me, and I will make you
fishers of men.”
20 And they straightway left their nets,
and followed him.
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease
among the people.
24 And his fame went throughout all Syria:
and they brought unto him
all sick people that were taken
with divers diseases and torments,
and those which were possessed with devils
and those which were lunatic,
and those that had the palsy;
and he healed them.
25 And there followed him great multitudes of
people from Galilee, and from Decapolis,
and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea,
and from beyond Jordan.
Once a rabbi was asked to tell the whole Bible message in brief. He replied that the whole Bible message is very simple and short. It is God shouting to man: “Enthrone me!” This is what happened that morning in the River Jordan. Jesus disappeared, God was enthroned. Jesus vacated the house, God entered. Either you can be, or God can be; both cannot exist together. If you insist on existing, then drop the search for God; it is not going to be fulfilled. Then it is impossible, absolutely impossible. If you are there, then God cannot be: your very being, your very presence, is the hindrance. You disappear, and God is. He has always been there.
Man can live as a part, separated from the whole. Man can create around him ideas, dreams, ego, personality, and think of himself as an island, unconnected with the whole, unrelated with the whole. Have you ever seen any relationship between you and the trees? Have you seen any relationship between you and the rocks? Have you seen any relationship between you and the sea? If you don’t see the relationship, then you can never come to know what God is. God, godliness, is nothing but the whole, the total, the one. If you exist as a separate part, you unnecessarily exist as a beggar. You could have been the whole. And even while you think that you are separate, you are not separate – that is just a thought in the mind. The thought is not befooling God, it is only befooling you. The thought is just a barrier for your eyes to open.