April, 1, 2015

Subject: Resurrection

Golden Text: Psalm 93:1-2*

The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.

John 18: 28-31

Then the Jewish leaders took Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness they did not enter the palace, because they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29 So Pilate came out to them and asked, “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

30 “If he were not a criminal,” they replied, “we would not have handed him over to you.”

31 Pilate said, “Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” they objected.

From 21st Century Science and Health*

Pilate stupidly went along with the demands of the crowd. His horrible choice against human rights and divine Love showed his ignorance—an ignorance that had no consequence to God, Life. Jesus took the advantage, and demonstrated what life is, and what the true knowledge of God can do for us.

Never fear the mental mal-practitioner, the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule humankind, tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, because God is the only power.

John 19: 1-7, 12-16

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

The Jewish leaders insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

12 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jewish leaders kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

13 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). 14 It was the day of Preparation of the Passover; it was about noon.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

15 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

From 21st Century Science and Health

Jesus was mocked at the cross by the religious authorities, the same authorities before whom he humbly and courageously walked. Contempt was thrown in Jesus’ face by the people to whom he had given clear-cut proof of divine power.

Are we to believe an authority which denies God’s spiritual command relating to perfection—an authority which Jesus proved to be false? Jesus did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called physical law, but in accordance with Mind’s law.

Material wealth, fame, and social organizations have no authority or influence in the presence of God. We attain clearer views of Principle as we break up cliques, level monetary wealth with honesty, and let worth be judged according to wisdom. We also get better views of humanity as we remove our self from biased personal perceptions.

Humbly, Jesus confronted the ridicule thrown at him. His magnificence was unrecognized. Such indignities as he received, his followers will endure until spirituality’s last triumph. Jesus earned perpetual respect. He overcame the world, the flesh, and all error, thereby proving their nothingness. He affected a full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. We need “Christ and him crucified.”[1] Human beings must have trials and self-denials, as well as joys and victories, until all error is destroyed.

Luke 24: 1-8, 36-43

4 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The people, who first saw Jesus after the resurrection, observed the final proof of his teachings, but misinterpreted the event. Even his disciples called him a ghost, for they believed his body was dead. Jesus replied: “A ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”[2] The reappearing of Jesus was not the return of a spirit. He presented the same human body that he had before his crucifixion, and so sanctified the supremacy of Mind over human mind.

Jesus’ body was the same before and after death, proving the mortal body is not the pith of being. The resurrection points to immortal being and a metaphysical science. The resurrection indicates that mortal mindsets die, while spiritual mindsets live. This testimony is important to mortals, because it shows that the true person is governed by God, by good, not evil. Jesus showed that temptation, sin, sickness, and death have no terror in the presence of the wondrous glory that God lavishes on us. Let people think they had killed the body! Afterward, he would show the people that Life-principle is not in, or of, the body.

The resurrection advances individual and collective consciousness. It moves the people’s thoughts out of spiritual dullness and blind belief into the perception of infinite possibilities.

Ezekiel 20: 39-42

39 “‘As for you, people of Israel, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: Go and serve your idols, every one of you! But afterward you will surely listen to me and no longer profane my holy name with your gifts and idols. 40 For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices. 41 I will accept you as fragrant incense when I bring you out from the nations and gather you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will be proved holy through you in the sight of the nations. 42 Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, the land I had sworn with uplifted hand to give to your ancestors.

From 21st Century Science and Health

The human consciousness, often named brain, is the exact opposite of real Mind, or Spirit. Mortal consciousness is made up of error. Biology or neuroscience teaches that mortals are created to suffer and die. Furthermore, we can be taught that when we die our human consciousness is resurrected from death and mortality. These erroneous theories are basically saying that spirit is born of matter and returns to matter, and that people have a resurrection from dust; whereas Science reveals the continuum of our spiritual selfhood, unaffected by the brain or death.

To relinquish all faith in death and the fear of its sting,[3] would raise the standard of health and morals far beyond its present elevation. Fearless spiritual understanding would enable us to hold the standard of spirituality high, with unflinching faith in God, in Life eternal.

*THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®. Text from 21st Century Science and Health, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] I Cor. 2:2

[2] Luke 24:39

[3] I Cor. 15:55

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