March 31, 2021

Subject: Resurrection

Golden text: John 11:24-25*

Martha said to [Jesus], “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.

Mark 12:18-27

 And Sadducees came to [Jesus], who say that there is no resurrection. And they asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife, but leaves no child, the man must take the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. 20 There were seven brothers; the first took a wife, and when he died left no offspring. 21 And the second took her, and died, leaving no offspring. And the third likewise. 22 And the seven left no offspring. Last of all the woman also died. 23 In the resurrection, when they rise again, whose wife will she be? For the seven had her as wife.”

24 Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God? 25 For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 26 And as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not God of the dead, but of the living. You are quite wrong.”

21st Century Science and Health**

Surrounded by imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees. People slowly work toward perfection. How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of scientific being, no person knows—not even “the son, but only the Father.”[1] The false claim of error continues its delusions until the goal of goodness is steadfastly earned and won.

Voices of solemn import are heard in the sacred sanctuary of Truth. Are we heeding these voices? If so, we are burying error and resurrecting to spiritual life. These signs are seen when the temporary pleasures and pains pass away from our lives.

There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for better proofs rather than verbal claims of Christian power. These proofs replace sin, sickness, and death with the power of Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress and progress is the law of God whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfill.

The Sadducees reasoned falsely about the resurrection. The Pharisees reasoned worse. They believed error to be as immortal as truth and thought they could raise the spiritual from the material after resorting to death. Jesus taught and demonstrated how death was to be overcome by spiritual Life, Love.

Life demonstrates Life. Individuals reflect Life, Soul. The immortality of Soul makes us immortal.

Already the shadow of God’s right hand rests on the hour. For those of you who “know how to interpret the appearance of the sky,”[2] the physical sign—how much better is it to discern the mental sign? Spiritual interpretation removes spiritual unawareness and ill-health by overcoming the thoughts which produce them and by understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and replaces them. Jesus’ mission was to reveal the truth of spiritual reality to all humankind, even to the hearts which rejected him.

When numbers have been divided according to a fixed rule, the answer is unquestionable. The scientific tests I have made concerning the effects of truth upon the sick are just as unquestionable. The counter fact relative to any disease is required for the cure. Truth spoken and realized is designed to disprove and destroy error and sin. Why shouldn’t truth also destroy sickness?

Spiritual involvement heals, while material attachment interferes with truth and ritualism and creed stifle spirituality. If we trust materiality, we distrust Spirit.

Song, sermon, and Science—crumbs of comfort—are capable to inspire us with wisdom, Truth, and Love. Spiritual comfort blesses the human family, feeds the unsatisfied, and gives living water to the thirsty.

It is most beneficial to become more familiar with good than with evil. We can guard against false beliefs as diligently as we bolt our doors against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and help them on the basis of the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”[3] Avoid throwing “your pearls to pigs,”[4] because if you do, everyone loses out.

Mark 8:31-33

 And [Jesus] began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

21st Century Science and Health

Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific human being that ever walked the earth. He systematically looked past the symptomatic material causes to discover and put into practice the spiritual cause, although the people around him had immature ideas of spiritual cause. Even his disciples possessed a limited degree of spirituality. To get his points across, Jesus used terms familiar to the people of the time. He spoke of, “flesh and bones.”[5] Jesus himself had to advance past believing in substance-matter. As his understanding of Spirit increased, Jesus no longer felt attached to the world and proved conclusively, by raising his body from dead, that his substance was Spirit. His body was no more perfect because of death and no less material until his consciousness was further spiritualized in the ascension. Jesus discovered the eternal Ego and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and God’s reflection. The Teacher gained the solution of being and demonstrated the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.

Materialist views are the parents of wrong conclusions and wicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body—knowing as he did that Mind was the builder—he said, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days,”[6] and the people thought he was talking about a physical church building instead of his body. After the wicked crucifixion, Jesus’ spiritual identity seemed indefinite, unfamiliar, even preposterous, while the body, dead in a tomb seemed to be the real deal. This materialism had no sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he presented to her more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.

Jesus was imperceptible to sinful thinking. The higher his demonstration of divine Science carried the problem of Being and the more distinctly he drove home the demands of divine Principle, the more he was hated. Because the materialist’s law includes death, they thought they could make Jesus die. Jesus proved them wrong by his resurrection, and said: “Whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”[7] Humans who depend on human doctrines and physical laws to save them from wrongdoing, death, and sickness, are offended by Jesus.

John 19:14-19

Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16 So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

So they took Jesus, 17 and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”

Matthew 28:1-10

Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

21st Century Science and Health

Resurrection. Spiritualization of thought; a new and higher idea of immortality or spiritual existence; material belief yielding to spiritual understanding.

Truth will be to us “the resurrection and the life”[8] only as it destroys all error. Truth dissolves the belief that Mind can be shackled by a body. Life can’t be controlled by death. A nihilistic, sick, or dying human is not the likeness of God, the perfect and eternal. God is the only source of our spirituality.

Material energy is the primitive belief of human mind, because that very mind has no cognizance of Spirit. Human perceptions are limited and vague, therefore dependent on the limited and vague.

Explaining the origin of human being and mind, Jesus said: “Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”[9]

The carnal human mentality, misnamed mind, is mortal. But the idea of resurrection and ascension, shows that a mortal creature is not our real essence. We can’t be annihilated because of an indissoluble immortal connection between God and us. In divine Science, mortality disappears in the presence of reality.

Through experience, the disciples became more spiritual and better understood what the Teacher had taught. Jesus’ resurrection was also their resurrection. The resurrection was a revival, for soon their dear Master would rise again in what has since been called the ascension, when Jesus was no longer heard or seen physically. Jesus’ ascension was his reward for his faithfulness. The resurrection advances individual and collective consciousness. It moves thought out of spiritual dullness and blind belief into the perception of infinite possibilities.

*Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

** Text from 21st Century Science and Health, 5th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.

[1] Mark 13:32

[2] Matt. 16:3; Luke 12:56

[3] Matt. 7:12

[4] Matt. 7:6

[5] Luke 24:39

[6] John 2:19

[7] John 11:26   

[8] John 11:25

[9] John 8:43

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