Jesus in the Gospel
It must be said from the outset and understood that the Gospel of John has an inner hidden meaning that is not perceived by those who deal with the Text from the outside, that is, through an intellectual consideration and as an intellectual description. In order to perceive the hidden content of the Gospel, you, the reader (each one of us), must first of all know how to "read" and then "how" to read. All this will be clarified below.
The Text speaks of Jesus. Who Jesus? The Real Jesus, the One Who Was Himself? Or the False Jesus, the image people have made of Him? Who Was The Real Jesus? To understand who Jesus was, who Jesus is talking about in the Gospel and what the Gospels ultimately "teach", we must first understand that Jesus was a Man. And the ontological philosophical term "Man" can mean many things, but nevertheless it states that he was a human being like all of us humans, one of us. Jesus Perceives (according to his "Sayings" and according to the Gospel) Existence Experientially. He was living. And through his Action he indicated what True Life is. He was not an intellectual or a philosopher or a professional priest, trying to theoretically explain existence, life, the experience of the world. Everything he said was from his experience. He testified, according to his words, what he understood, what he lived, without interpretations, comments or other elaborations, (John, 3, 11).
The Gospel therefore, speaks of Jesus Who Experiences the Truth, of Jesus Who Speaks of what He "Saw" ("He Knew") and testifies of what He "Heard" (what "Has Seen"), of Jesus Who Testifies Experiential Truth of. And what Jesus testified to was exactly that "Everything is God". God Is Spirit, God Is Freedom, Is Unity, Is Love, Is Life, Is Eternity. In fact all these terms describe the same Experiential Experience (from our own human side), they are not Attributes of God (as understood by the intellect, as "accused" of an intellectual "object"). Beyond all description It is 'That', the Living One, which is All. For Jesus God Is the One Reality. He is Presence, Here. And in This Here Are Everything, Freedom and Phenomena and all situations, subjective experiences and "objects". And depending on the "Position" that "Consciousness" holds and "looks" at reality, it can have a different picture of reality.
So, if we want to grasp the True Meaning of the Gospel, to understand what it really says, the only way to decode it is to perceive it experientially, to try to grasp experientially all that it says as experiential experience and as facts, to "realize" them all these. What do we mean by this? Jesus was clear, at least to his close brothers. What He experienced, from the Age of the Desert (close to the Essenes) Internally, were Objective States of the Soul (of Man), not personal experiences of some limited being. And when He was United (in the Spiritual Experience, in the Spiritual Contemplation, of which he spoke to Nicodemus) with the Father in Heaven, He Experienced a State Beyond Time, beyond Space, an Indefinable state that became "perceived" as a Whole, Wholeness, Eternity, Completely Pure and Untouched by any perceptual processing and by any limitation. In this State He Experienced the Eternal Flowing Present , the Eternity of Presence, and in this State there is no time, no memory, no processing of the experience, because the Flow is Continuous. It is the human limited mind that enters the imaginary reality of time, images, memory and has all the "time" to think and process all the contents of its limited perception. This State is a Wholeness Within Which exist all phenomena and states. There are "beings" and personal experiences, different experiences of reality, and worlds, and experiences within worlds. So, all that Jesus Experienced Are Objective Situations, they are not personal experiences of some "being". In order to Enter these Objective States and "come" completely out of Creation (more correctly to stop the illusion that we are in some creation apart from God) we must give up limitations, ego and all personal experiences. For man who experiences existence within the limitations of the ego it is unimaginable, inconceivable. These situations are out of the ordinary, as they perceive it. For them the "person" is a creation of the Divine Power, it is something eternal and its destiny (according to them) is to live inside a body. Obviously, all these are products of their imagination, no matter how much they call it theology, theology of the human person (the "image" of God), etc.
Therefore, when Jesus spoke after his Union with the Father, about himself, and said "I", he spoke as an Objective Being, as that which exists in the Depths of all Souls, of all existences. And when he said "I and the Father are One," he was speaking as the Objective True Living God, not as some personal being. This, for people who cannot break the boundaries of the ego, is a scandal. How can someone whose history, birthplace (Nazareth) and residence and relatives we know claim such things? That is, that what we "see" is not a person, a person, but an Objective State of the Soul, something Transcendent that manifests itself here, now, through this body? These people saw the image they could conceive of Jesus (their own mental creation, their own construction) and not what Jesus Experienced, the Objective Existence, the Limitless God. And this is where all the misunderstandings come from.
In fact, not only the people of the Shadow (intellectuality) did not understand Jesus but not even his "own", when they saw him as "God", outside of them, objectively. As much as they sensed that Jesus is "God" they did not understand that they had to enter "within" them, by prayer, to inwardly feel Jesus, that which He Represented, God. They knew Jesus "externally" but did not experience him internally as an Objective State of their Consciousness. Perhaps only John had gone "in". And maybe that's why he was the "beloved disciple" of Jesus. And finally, he was the only one who saved something of the Inner Content of the Teaching and Action of Jesus. And we say this because even in John, the only Esoteric Evangelist, there are "ambiguities".
When Jesus says to people "I am" he means the Objective Nature of the Soul, and that this Objective Nature that speaks here, now, to people, everyone can "Recognize" it Internally, within himself, as Divine Nature, as Experience God, like the Kingdom of Heaven. It is the Only Way, the Truth, the Life. Jesus, in fact, was saying “I am What You Will Find Within You”, with Contemplation, with the True Prayer of Withdrawal, in the silence of thought. When Jesus said "I am" He meant that He is That which all can Experience Within themselves as their Objective Nature, without ego. And This is the Christ Consciousness (or the Consciousness of Christ, the Heavenly Logos, the Image of the Eternal Father). Jesus, since He experienced the Divinity, and was One with the Father, had every right to Speak of God and to Identify himself with all the Objective States of the Soul and with the Father. I (the Objective State of the Soul, manifested outwardly as Jesus) am the Way, the Truth, the Life. I am the Gate, I am All, I am the Kingdom of Heaven, not as something outside of you (people) but right Inside you, closer to you than your own self (than you think of yourself), your Own Essence, for All Is One. Understand it, Experience it. I am Freedom, I am the Absolute Love in which Everything Melts into One. I am All. Jesus is God. But not an external God, He is the God We Find Within. Why don't we get it?
The Reading of the Gospel
So, if one wants to really, deeply and truly understand who John's Jesus is, he must Feel Jesus as the Objective State of his Own Soul, Find his Jesus, as the Divine Essence That Is in the Depth of All Existence . Only then will he understand what Jesus meant by "I am", then he will understand what it means that I and the Father are One, then he will feel that there is only God, and there is nothing else outside of God, that everything is God, and then he will embrace creation with True Love.
The mistake that ego-bound people make is that they operate through the intellect, that they think everything, that they objectify everything. For those limited to the ego God is an "Object" (of their perception), Jesus is an "object" outside of them. All that the Gospels write are not Internal Situations, Internal Experiences of Jesus, Objective Situations, but objective facts. The Gospels describe the Experiential Experience of Jesus from Existence, from Life, from the world and not just external events. Jesus experienced all this. Viewers simply see the external events. But never someone who looks outside and does not participate in the experiences can have a real deep and true picture of reality. He perceives only what he can see, think, understand.
So, if one really wants to understand the Gospels, John, he must abandon the ego and, like a small child, with a pure mind, with a Pure Heart, begin to understand that Jesus is talking about the Inner World, about the Reality We Experience Within us (Luke, 17, 20-21). So, why are people looking here or there or outside? Behold! Leaving all false outward ways, being quiet, Retiring within themselves they shall Find Truth, the Kingdom of Heaven. Unjustly do men search with the mind, unjustly search the outer world. As Jesus Taught the Truth Is Within Us, It Is The Inner Experience of the Divine Essence Which Is the Foundation of Everything. What prevents us from Feeling it is only human stupidity.
Demystification, objective demystification of the Gospel
The outer church may follow its own tradition about Jesus, the gospels, the religious life, but that does not mean that all of this is true. The Gospel of John is attributed to John, the "beloved disciple" of Jesus. We don't actually know who wrote the Gospel. The only thing that is certain is that the Text "contains" a part of the Teaching of Jesus and the Tradition of John, but care is needed in the "reading". The "Words" of Jesus must be experienced in their inner meaning and content and not as external statements or as objective external events. Sometimes John himself (the author) does not seem to understand the deeper content of his statements or the metaphysical implications of his descriptions. But also the general "positioning (or the existential view of things) and the use of theological, metaphysical and philosophical terms, show the Experiential Character of the Text and indicate the Infinite Depth of Inner Experience. It is also certain that the "Letters" belong not to one author but rather to some "John School". "Revelation" has nothing to do with John or the "John School".
We must understand that there are Experiential Texts, which may be expressed in simple experiential terms and not with deep philosophical analyses, and Intellectual Texts that analyze in a profound way the deepest or highest theological topics without containing experiential content. The Gospel of John belongs to the Experiential Texts. The reading of such texts should be "experiential" and not "intellectual".
The Gospel writer did not simply convey the "Words" of Jesus, or the "Tradition" of John. He wrote a text to preach the truth (as he perceived it). It is problematic that (for the needs of the sermon) he included in his narration, miracles, beliefs of the church and events that have no relation to the True Message of Jesus. Jesus did not need to perform miracles, turn water into wine, heal the sick or raise the dead. All this belongs to the mythology of Jesus, to legends and traditions and has no relation to the true events.
Care is also needed in how we will "interpret" the Crucifixion and "Resurrection" of Jesus. The True Resurrection of the Soul Occurs when the Soul Realizes its Spiritual Nature and Frees itself from the limitations Within the Inner (to our perception) Divine Essence, Within the God We Find Within. The resurrection of the body has no meaning in such a Teaching as this, the Teaching of Jesus. The outsiders who consider man a psycho-body and want to live eternally on earth (that is, a denatured earth) are the ones who talk about the resurrection of the body. People just live in their imaginations.
Also, a lot of attention is needed to be able to correctly decode the perception of the world that is "inferred" from the narration of the Text. Jesus speaks of God the Father, of the Heavens (the World of Light, where all things are Distinct), of the World of Shadow (the lower worlds) and their "dwellers," and of the Inner Way of Truth and Life and Eternity. The Good News of the Kingdom is actually the simplest, most accessible and easiest thing in the world. What prevents us from Feeling God Within, from Experiencing our True Nature, from Uniting with Reality, is only our own will. Our problem is not physical, it is moral. It's a "choice" problem. Anyone who wants to Find God Finds Him Inside himself, according to the Instructions and Teaching of Jesus. Anyone who doesn't want to simply suffers the consequences of his choices and alone condemns himself to the Shadow worlds. May God Enlighten all people, or else may people open the Door of their Hearts for the Light to Enter.