t is to be expected that the disciples deny knowing Jesus. Since ego and the Self are correlated, when the life of Christ stagnates with his arrest, the quality of discipleship based on the ego does not function well. So in the passion story, the discipleship of the third temporal zone has to be erased at the beginning. The disciples, therefore, fell a sleep while agonized Jesus was praying in the Gethsemane. After the arrest, Peter three times denied that he knew Jesus. This indicates temporal regression. By passing over the three mornings, his spirit had to move back to the dawn of the first day. Therefore just after he denied three times, the cock cried.
After entering the third day's morning or the third temporal zone, the body of Jesus is no longer in the grave. Instead, Jesus is now waiting for the disciples at Galilee. The first speech of Jesus is: "The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel." It is not until entering the third temporal zone that the time to integrate one's spirit is near at hand. Therefore, the indications towards Galilee by the young man and the first declaration of Jesus are connected in his speech by "the time is fulfilled." The emergence of Jesus Christ represents the emergence of the principle of the integration in our consciousness through understanding the reference of the metaphorical system of the Gospel. This is the encounter with virtual Jesus Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Son of man are not the same. The resurrection is on the third day's morning, but the second coming will be later than that. Although Jesus and the Son of man are virtually the same entity, Jesus does not always identify himself as the Son of man. They can be distinguished in the way they relate to the consciousness, for the Son of man is considered to be the ultimate entity that comes out of the unconscious.
It was on the third day's morning when the women discovered the empty tomb, and this is the time when the concept of the integration can be discovered in the consciousness. So the young man indicated to the women that Jesus was waiting for the disciples at Galilee (the consciousness). After all, the beginning of Jesus's Galilean ministry for the disciples is the beginning of the third temporal zone. This coincidence leads us to the interpretation that the resurrection of Christ is nothing less than the encounter with the inner Christ metaphorically organized. Since the mere written document as such was the death of Christ, It is quite proper to use the metaphor "resurrection" in this context. The dead Christ is now reactivated through the metaphorical organization and alive in one's consciousness.
After the third day's morning, Jesus assumes that the disciples already have acquired the conceptual scheme; the code to decipher his parables. Hence he told the following words: Matthew 13:17 "Truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it." Luke 10:23 Then turning to his disciples he said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it."
Christ as the metaphorical system represents the conceptual picture of the psyche, only in and through which one can grasp the Being itself. Before the Gospel's' revelation, it had been impossible to see this reality even for the wisest man. This reality is the same as Plato's Idea of the Good. And Plato himself did not have the concrete picture what the structure of the Good was. Although the Idea of the Good was indicated by Plato, the content of it was unexplained. (Quote: the longing of Socrates for someone to whom understands dialectics: from Phaidros, the fifth from the seventh letter)
The Parallel Pictures for the Stages of Spiritual Development
The empty tomb of the resurrection story and the seventh and eighth pictures of the ten ox-heading pictures in Zen are parallel. They express the banishment of the object. In the developmental stages, also they reflect each other almost the equal stages. In the ninth picture in Zen, the spirit comes back to the phenomenal world. In the resurrection story, the young man indicates women to let the disciple go and see Jesus at Galilee. Returning to Galilee where is metaphorically a phenomenal world, we come across the first metaphorical speech of Jesus that the kingdom of God is at hand; for you have left only one third of the process.