"Jesus said: "I am the light above everything. I am everything. Everything came forth from me, and everything reached me." [Gospel of Thomas 77] Now, that's as clearly as the enlightened state can be put into words. I am the light of everything, the light of divine being, the light of consciousness. I am what lights up the world, I am what sees the world, and that seeing, that consciousness is actually what gives rise to the world. In some spiritual traditions, just to be the divine, eternal witness of all of life is enough; it's the goal. But in the spirituality of Jesus, that's not the goal. He doesn't say only, "I am the light above everything," but "I am everything; everything came forth from me.


from Resurrecting Jesus: Embodying the Spirit of a Revolutionary Mystic