13 selected lectures & writings, 1910–1917
The first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles describes Christ’s Ascension: “And a cloud received him out of their sight.” As the disciples looked up, two angels appeared and told them, “This same Jesus, taken up from you into heaven, shall come again in the same way as you have seen him go.”
In 1910, Rudolf Steiner began a series of lectures announcing the advent of Christ’s appearance in the sphere of the earth’s etheric or life body. At first, he said, only a few will be aware of it, but in time more and more people -- regardless of religious affiliation -- will be strengthened, comforted and infused by the Christ’s living presence. Such “Damascus experiences,” bespeaking a new natural clairvoyance, Steiner argues, will become increasingly common. “The Christ will become a living comforter,” he writes.
“However strange it may seem, it is nevertheless true that often when people, even in considerable numbers, are sitting together not knowing what to do and waiting, they will see the etheric Christ. He will be there, will confer with them, and will cast his word in such gatherings. We are now approaching these times...”
This collection contains Steiner’s lectures on this theme, as well as on important related questions, such spiritual science and etheric vision, the etheric vision of the future, “the etherization of the blood,” the Sermon on the Mount and the land of Shambhala, the mysteries of comets and the Moon, Buddhism and Pauline Christianity, spirit beings and the ground of the world, and the three realms between death and rebirth.
The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric collects much of Rudolf Steiner’s most important discussions of esoteric Christianity, especially as it relates to the central place of the Christ being in world and human evolution.