Jesus of Nazareth, son of Joseph was born in an era where cruelty and ignorance commanded supreme. The Romans had conquered his land of birth and genuine spirituality was hard to find. Although he only lived for a mere 33 years on earth he was able to leave a lasting nationality of his own spiritual consciousness and the highest spiritual teachings.
Firstly, Jesus embodied great humility.
"I can of mine own self do nothing … I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father."
This is the sign of a true teacher; they are not teaching from their own ego, they are seeking to be an instrument of the divine. Thus the mission of Jesus was not his mission but the mission of his Father in heaven; it was a God ordained mission.
At the time, very few people could appreciate and understand the spiritual status of Jesus. He had to suffer great misunderstandings and hostility from others, who were jealous of his success. It is said a prophet is not honored in his own time; in the life of Jesus this saying was proved to be very true. Yet, despite the criticism and opposition, Jesus never wavered in his commitment to fulfilling the will of God. The highest prayers uttered by Christ was "Not my will, but thine be done." Even at the cost of great personal suffering, Jesus bought to do the Divine will, for this was his only purpose.
Jesus taught the most essential aspect of spirituality; previously that it was possible for people to find the Kingdom of heaven within. Of all Jesus's immortal utterances, this is perhaps the most significant. He wished his disciples and followers to find the "peace that passeth understanding", but this peace was to be found in their own souls, not in outer achievements. Addressing his disciples he tells them:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you." But this peace was only an inner gift, from a material perspective it appears nothing.
Jesus never compromised between the spiritual and material life. He never said to his followers that they could have the best of both worlds. If they were sincere seekers it was necessary to renounce the false pleasures of the world.
"Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has can not be My disciple." (Luke 14:33)
Jesus could give the Kingdom of heaven to his disciples, but he could not do it unless they were willing to make the sacrifices and surrender to their higher self. Jesus had realized the divine consciousness, he had tasted the bliss and ecstasy of divine communion and he knew that this bliss of God consciousness was worth more than anything the world could offer. It was from this perspective that Jesus could proclaim "What doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?" (Matt.16: 26) This was not ideal philosophical speculation, Jesus knew the difference between the rewards of the spirit and so called pleasures of the world.
The mission of Jesus also contained revolutionary teachings, he wished to state that Divine forgiveness was the highest philosophy that seekers should aspire to. He taught that "an eye for an eye" was not the philosophy of his father. He wished to teach love, even in the face of hostility. This love was born from Jesus's oneness with the world. For a true spiritual Master, feels no sense of superiority or inferiority, he attains a lasting sense of oneness, in which he can only love his fellow man, even if they suffer from great ignorance. When Jesus, betrayed and crucified on the cross, said "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do." He revealed his divine nature, for only a soul, which had a divine unity, could express such a noble sentiment.