"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32

Thought for the Week - last week's message 


Mary Baker Eddy gives this definition of Christ:  “The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures 583:10-11)   In the platform of Christian Science, (pages 330 to 340 of the textbook) she points out that “The word Christ is not properly a synonym for Jesus, though it is commonly so used. 

Jesus was a human name…Christ is not a name so much as the divine title of Jesus.  Christ expresses God’s spiritual, eternal nature.  The name is synonymous with Messiah, and alludes to the spirituality which is taught, illustrated, and demonstrated in the life of which Christ Jesus was the embodiment.”  (S&H 333:3-13)   This same Christliness can be manifest by each of us to some degree, inasmuch as we are all children of God. 

To understand this and endeavor to express our true nature will bring to fulfillment Paul’s promise in Ephesians:  “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone…” (2:19, 20)   That Jesus knew his mission is indicated in this passage from Luke:  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;  he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (4:18-19)   

What Jesus presented was the true idea or concept of God and its power to “heal the sick and the sinning” and to destroy “the power of death.” (S&H 473:12-15)   In the measure of our own Christliness, we too can share his “divine power to heal” inasmuch as Truth and its healing power are not limited to a certain place or period but are universal and eternal.

The lesson includes the account in Matthew 17 of Jesus’ quick healing of a lunatic child.   We too can emulate his humble prayers—his “deep and conscientious protests of Truth—of man’s likeness to God and of man’s unity with Truth and Love.” (S&H 12:10-15)   As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith that all things are possible to God,--a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” (S&H 1:1-4)  

She continues:  “By the truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will heal the sick.” (S&H 418:22)   Jesus made plain that the childlike qualities of innocence, purity, humility, and meekness are “greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matt.18:1-5)   And Mrs. Eddy insists that “Pride and fear are unfit to bear the standard of Truth, and God will never place it in such hands.”  (S&H 31:1-3)   The same power and authority that Jesus gave to the early twelve disciples, and then to another seventy are available to us today so long as we truly understand the Master’s sayings and instruction.  

As Mrs. Eddy puts it:  “Hold perpetually this thought,--that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being.” (S&H 496:15)   Jesus knew that many who would “come in (his) name” would deceive, and that there would be conflict.   The sign which confirms our followership of his teaching is healing—not just better matter but a clear understanding of the spiritual truth that it was his mission to reveal .  

Yes, Jesus was and is “the way, the truth, and the life. “  And we, his followers will not only do his works but greater.   We shall “cast out devils…speak with new tongues…take up serpents, and if we drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt us.”  We shall “lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”  (Mark 16:17-18)   It is our privilege today to follow in some degree is example and so demonstrate Truth and Life, health and holiness.  (S&H 37:22-25)   

Jamae van Eck