JESUS plays an enormous role in making clear Blake's intention for writing the Marriage of Heaven and Hell. His profound significance can be noted obviously in A Memorable Fancy (pg 80):
The main event is not a marriage, but a conversion of an angel to a devil. This supports Blake’s anti-nomian belief in God that can be found IN man, in his heart, just as the devil expresses. When the devil gives his monologue saying Jesus “was all virtue, and acted from impulse, not from rules” he is commenting on Jesus’ attunement to humanity and his reputation for challenging the constraints of the time. Blake’s attempt to strip back the accreted meanings, the layers of time, to find the truth at the core, is at play in this section. I love that Blake can take a man, a great man, like Jesus and transform him into something real and someone that is now very much like us, full of burning desire and energy, someone who understands there will be causalities in order to make a change, someone who is not put on a pedestal, but has partaken in actions that have had grave consequences. If we believe that Jesus was a ‘good’ man in the light of a naïve meaning of ‘good’, we are feeding ourselves lire. Jesus was not a man that always did what was right – he would not have been persecuted by his own people if he had. He did what he knew was virtuous and it was all based on the fact that Jesus was able to see the poetic genius in each of the people that he confronted – be it a prostitute or tax-collector. These were the people that had energy and drive and were not sitting on their laurels listening and accepting what a powerful tyrant was feeding them. It is the point of difference that counts - the ability to challenge and subvert a system that is not helping you to live a fulfilled life.
“JESUS WAS ALL VIRTUE, AND ACTED FROM IMPULSE, NOT FROM RULES”
BLAKE HAS HELPED ME BECOME CLOSER TO A JESUS THAT I HAD NEVER CONSIDERED. A JESUS THAT IS MORE LIKE ME THAN A SAINTLY FLAWLESS BEING. A REAL JESUS THAT FOUGHT HARD FOR THE KINGDOM THAT HE CREATED. A JESUS THAT UNDERSTANDS ME AS I AM.