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JESUS EXPLAINED BY THE SAGES
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me.” Jn 14:6
Plato says if a thing is less of truth it is also less real of essence or existence therefore what has more truth is more real of essence or existence. Republic 813
Note: By following Plato, Jesus declaring himself the truth also declares himself the real and the reality.
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will not be hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” Jn 6:35
Plato says that the ignorance resulting in folly is due to the emptiness of soul by lack of habits toward understanding reality and knowledge, and he who partakes of nourishment and gets wisdom fills the void in the soul and is filled. Republic 812
Note: By following Plato, Jesus by declaring himself the bread of life is declaring himself the source of wisdom that fills the soul and the end of folly.
I think the message is that Plato spoke Truth (there are places he fell short). Jesus is the TRUTH. Plato discovered through reason conceptions of truth of that TRUTH which is in the Spirit of God. The goal is to take the Writing of Truth empowered by the Spirit of Truth and use it to form a holy or perfect society. For example, Psalms 14:34 “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Plato would say that the city needs to elect as guardians of the city of those who excel in virtue while the spirit of Christ would seek to create those who are virtuous in order to place them as guardians of the city. The former is the truth while the later is the truth in action.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me, and to accomplish his work.” Jn 4.34
Plato believes when comparing food and drink against knowledge and reason the later partakes of pure essence and of more excellence serving the soul, and that those things that concern the body partake less of truth and reality. 813
Note: According to Plato, Jesus is demonstrating a higher calling that serves the soul rather than eating and drinking which only serves the body, suggesting there is a choice between that which is mortal versus immortal.