The death and resurrection of the “Biblical” Jesus is one of the most compelling and widely-known stories of all time. For Christians, it is the crux of their faith, the essential element of their entire belief system. Even for non-Christians, the depiction of Jesus’ agony and ecstasy exerts a profound fascination.
Although many scholars acknowledge the actual historicity of the Bible, it must be remembered that the Gospels were written many years after the life of Jesus, which they purport to document.
So, what if the accepted history is wrong? What if the resurrection never actually occurred, and the corporeal Jesus was rescued and removed from the tomb as a living man? What if Mary Magdalena – the only person mentioned in all four Gospels as being present at the resurrection – what if she, as the fabled “apostle to the apostles,” whom Jesus loved more than any of his other followers – what if she spirited Jesus away, taking him on a two thousandmile journey to safety?
And what if they were married and had children? After all, there are many mentions of how Jesus (whose birth name was Yeshua) was called “rabbi,” and marriage is a prerequisite for obtaining that status.
Mary Magdalena herself addresses him as “rabboni,” one of only two occasions in the Bible when that word is used.
This is at the heart of David Young’s provocative new book, “The True Story of Jesus and his Wife Mary Magdalena.” The book is not about religion; indeed, Young is not a Christian, and he points out that neither were Jesus nor John the Baptist, and that Mother Mary was not Catholic. These attributions, together with the addition of the Virgin Birth, all descended from the First Council of Nicaea, overseen by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 A.D. – more than three centuries after the Bible was originally written!
Young is primarily known as a musician and spiritual healer. But he is also a painter, and over a period of four years, he produced what he calls “evidentially channeled artwork.” As time went on, he realized these paintings revealed messages from Jesus and Mary Magdalena that ultimately guided him toward the hidden truth of the world’s most monumental historical deception.
Through inner dialogue, through professional channelers, and through his visionary artwork, Young found himself becoming intimately aware of the true story of Jesus and Mary Magdalena. He reports that he wasn’t actively looking for “the true story” but was being drawn more deeply into it to find the details of what really happened AFTER the crucifixion.
This quest eventually led him up a breakneck mountain path to a mysterious grotto in the mountains of Sainte-Baume (which means Holy Cave) in the south of France. There he had a profound realization: His artwork depicted the journey of a Jesus who survived the
‘‘ We never know how Spirit is going to use our talents,
including the hidden talents we don’t even know we possess ’’
Crucifixion and escaped to France with his beloved wife, Mary Magdalena, with whom he had three children.
The trail that Young follows is filled with details that read like an adventure story that becomes increasingly real with every new synchronicity and revelation. The descriptions of how Mary Magdalena smuggled Jesus past the Roman guards, how they trudged through dangerous occupied territory, how Mary Magdalena had to care for a man whose body had been severely tortured and brutalized, how the couple survived on whatever fruits and berries they could cull from the land – all of this, and much more, weave a deeply personal narrative.
These two characters, universally renowned but, as Young says, widely misunderstood, are brought to life through direct, channeled communications that are extensively quoted. The details they supply challenge the accepted wisdom of history. Jesus and Mary Magdalena also spring to life as a couple devoted to each other, to their family, and to their spirituality. Mary Magdalena’s bones were later found close to that cave in the year 1279 after she appeared to a French nobleman in a dream and guided him to the village of St. Maximin near the mountains where they lived.
There’s more than just the central story here, of course. There’s a parallel exploration of how Young went on his own journey to that distant cave, which has been decorated over time with statues and how, along the way, he was repeatedly guided and reassured by many messages and symbols.
One of the most startling moments was when he looked out of the cave where Mary Magdalena and Jesus finally settled, and which is now one of the most revered places of pilgrimage on the planet. He saw, with stunning insight, how his own paintings from years before revealed the exact same landscape!
Whether your viewpoint is that of someone who subscribes to the Gospels’ recounting of events, or whether you accept the notion that history took a very different turn on that third day after the crucifixion, there’s no doubt that the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalena is one of survival and hope.
With the information and ideas in this new book’s narrative, another message has been delivered: That humanity and divinity are irrevocably intertwined.
David Young is a public speaker, a teacher of over 350 meditation workshops, and a musician who has recorded 60 albums that have sold over a million copies. He has twice been nominated for a Grammy Award. He is also a healer and an evidential channeler. His music, well-known for its therapeutic properties, is a staple in hospitals, healing centers and spas throughout the world. He travels extensively hosting his signature workshops, “A Portal Between Heaven and Earth,” which combine his music with guided meditations.
Advance copies of the Collectors’ Edition of this 13”x10”, Full-color, coffee table-style book, signed and numbered, are $65 plus $5 shipping. Includes 12 QR codes to scan with your cell phone to access 90 minutes of companion music, specially selected to accompany the text. The e-book is available through Amazon.com for $9.95. The additional music is available for $14.95.
David Young will be lecturing at the NEWLIFE Expo in New York City, October 26-28.