Subject: Christ’s Leadership
Golden text: Isaiah 65:25*
The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, and dust will be the serpent’s food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord.
As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
19 When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20 Without delay he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed him.
The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47 When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49 Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51 He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”
21st Century Science and Health**
In Latin, the word disciple signifies student, a learner. The power of healing was not a supernatural gift to those learners, but the result of their cultivated spiritual understanding of the divine Science which their Teacher illustrated by healing the sick and sinning. Jesus’ prayer includes us: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me [understand me] through their message.”
Jesus was credited to say, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things.” When the Science of Christ-spirit appears, it will lead you into all truth. The Sermon on the Mount is the essence of this Science and the eternal life, not the death of Jesus, is its outcome.
Those, who are willing to leave their nets, or to cast them on the right side for Truth, have the opportunity now, as aforetime, to learn and practice Christ-like healing. Scriptures offer the opportunity of healing. The spiritual import of the Word imparts this power. But, as Paul says, “How can people call for help if they don’t know who to trust? And how can they know who to trust if they haven’t heard of the One who can be trusted? And how can they hear if nobody tells them? And how is anyone going to tell them, unless someone is sent to do it?”
The spiritual sense of truth must be gained before Truth can be understood. This sense is assimilated only as we are honest, unselfish, loving, and humble. In the soil of a “noble and good heart” the seed must be sown, otherwise, the piggish element in human nature uproots the seed making immortal progress negligible. Jesus said: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures.” The spiritual understanding of Scriptures brings out the scientific sense. The scientific meaning of the Bible is the new tongue referred to in the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel.
We are cautioned in Scripture not to teach spirituality to unresponsive ears and calloused hearts. A dense mind is unable to accept truth. Reading the thoughts of the people, Jesus said: “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.”
It is the spiritualization of thought and daily practice of Christ-likeness, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of mortal existence, which shows forth divine Science. It is integrity and purity, which attests to the divine origin and operation of divine Science. The triumphs of Science are recorded in the destruction of the errors and evils which propagate the dismal beliefs of senselessness, hopelessness, and loss.
The divine Principle of the universe must interpret the universe. God is the divine Principle of all that represents Spirit and of all that really exists. Divine Science, as demonstrated by Jesus, reveals the natural divine Principle.
Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do. 7 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” 8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish. 12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
21st Century Science and Health
Strive. Advance spiritually. Constantly turn away from the objects of the human mind and look toward the imperishable things of Spirit. If honest, you will be in earnest from the start and joyfully gain a little each day in the right direction. If persistent, you will make the transition from limited substance to the substantial unlimited.
Who are we traveling with? If, from Boston, my friends are going to New Zealand while I am headed to California, we obviously are not traveling together. We have separate time-zones to consider, different routes to pursue, and opposite climates to contemplate. Our journeys have diverged from the start and we don’t have much opportunity to help each other. On the other hand, if my friends pursue my direction, we have the same itinerary and interests. If I take up their line of travel, they help me on, and our companionship may continue.
On our spiritual journey, if we sympathize with mortality, we will be at the beck and call of error and follow a zig-zag course getting nowhere. If we travel with the worldly minded, we get sucked into a nasty cycle. A good example of this is randomly walking around the shopping mall, making feel-good purchases and eating junk food with friends. We return home, thinking we had a good time and feeling satisfied. However, when re-thinking the situation, we realize that too much time and money was wasted. So, we repeat the trip to the mall but buy books on time and financial management, or on dieting.
Effort spent living in the past, pursuing superficial goals, or showing off, is effort wasted.
A badly trained ear, not appreciating harmony, thinks noisy melodrama is normal. So human perception, untrained to discern true happiness, thinks unhappiness is normal. Divine Science will correct the misperceptions and teach us life’s sweeter harmonies.
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 are learning to lay down our fleshliness and gain spirituality by ridding our self of a mortal identity. Universal Love is the divine way.
Wrongdoers make their own hell by doing things which avoid Life, Truth, and Love. Saints make their own heaven by embracing Life, Truth, and Love. Wrongdoers believe they are happier when being negative, but this is evil aiding evil. Do not be deceived by twisted human conclusions.
The objects of material thinking will be destroyed while the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is never destroyed. The offspring of God don’t start from dust or a material gene. The offspring of God are in and of Spirit, divine Life, and so forever continue. God is one. The allness of Deity is God’s oneness. An individual is one and yet all people as one.
It is generally agreed upon that God is Father, eternal, self-created, infinite. If this is true, the forever Father must have had children prior to Adam. There is no linear life cycle that begins with Adam. We coexist with God. The great, I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE made all “that has been made.”
The Bible records Jesus saying, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In a religious sense, the common name of mother, brother, and sister is identified with those doing God’s will.
When using the light of divine Science, we see beyond the surface of mortals and detect inverted thoughts and erroneous beliefs so has not to be fooled by them. We also borrow thought from a higher source than human knowledge to look at cause rather than effect, to see celestial Truth replace error. Clothed in Spirit, appearance is “bright as a flash of lightning”―like the garment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, “always be clothed in white.” “Anyone who meets a testing challenge head-on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.”
*Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.
**21st Century Science and Health, 6th edition, copyrighted by Cheryl Petersen.
 John 17:20 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)
 John 14:26
 Matt. 5–7
 Matt. 4:20; Mark 1:18; Luke 5:11
 John 21:6
 Rom. 10:14–15 (The Message)
 Luke 8:15
 Matt. 22:29; Mark 12:24
 Mark 16:17
 Matt. 7:6
 Ex. 3:14
 John 1:3
 Matt. 12:50; Mark 3:35; Luke 8:23
 Luke 9:29
 Eccl. 9:8
 James 1:12 (The Message)