April 20, 2022

Subject: Spirit

Golden text: John 6:63*

[Jesus said] The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.

John 19:23, 28-30

 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 20: 1-18

 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.) 10 Then the disciples went back to where they were staying.

11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.

13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”

“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

17 Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 21: 1-12

 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord.

21st Century Science and Health**

Jesus said: “Destroy this temple [body], and I [Mind] will raise it again in three days;”[1] and he did this for tired humanity’s reassurance.

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.

His disciples believed Jesus was dead.

Hidden in the narrow tomb however, Jesus was alive, demonstrating the power of Spirit to overrule materialist perceptions. Rock-solid walls surrounded him and a dense immense stone had to be rolled from the cave’s mouth. Jesus reduced every concrete belief to nothing. He resisted every law of physics and stepped out of his gloomy resting-place crowned with the glory of an awe-inspiring success—an everlasting victory.

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.”[2] Humans who depend on human doctrines and physical laws to save them from wrongdoing, death, and sickness, are offended by Jesus.

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.

In the bright morning hours on the shore of the Galilean Sea, Jesus’ misery was seen to have passed away. Majesty prevailed. The disciples’ grief transformed into repentance. Their arrogance was rebuked and hearts were renewed. Convinced of their unprofitable toil in the dark trying to catch fish, and wakened by their Teacher’s voice, they changed their methods and turned away from temporal things. They threw their net on the right side. Their new understanding of Truth gave them a new perspective on life in divine Mind, rather than in human mind.

We commemorate in the dawn of a new light this spiritual meeting with Christ. We bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of Spirit’s reappearing.

Romans 1:1-6

 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God— the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. And you also are among those Gentiles who are called to belong to Jesus Christ.

21st Century Science and Health

The divine Spirit which identified Jesus centuries ago, has spoken through the inspired Word and will speak through it in every generation and milieu. Spirit is revealed to the receptive heart and is again seen driving out evil and healing the sick.

Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs. He did his own work by the one Spirit. Jesus said: “My Father has worked [even] until now, [He has never ceased working; He is still working] and I, too, must be at [divine] work.”[3] The Master never described disease, as far as can be learned from the Gospels, but he healed disease. The Apostle Paul encouraged people to have the Mind that was in Christ.[4]

We are not metaphysical Scientists until we leave human opinions for spiritual Truth. Human attitudes come from the hearing of the ear, from physicality, instead of from Principle. Limited perceptions come from the mortal, instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

If you are satisfied with good words instead of effects, if you adhere to error and are afraid to trust Truth, the question is asked, “Where are you?”[5] Love the Science of Spirit and trust Truth.

The spiritual idea of God as presented by Jesus was scourged in person and its Principle was rejected. Jesus was misinterpreted, even considered a criminal, yet he proved God’s divine power by healing the sick, driving out evils, and spiritualizing consciousness. He also raised the dead—those dead in trespasses and sins, those satisfied with the flesh. When resting on the sands of fluxing elements, we are blind to the possibilities of Spirit and its truths.

Mind-science is not made up of paradoxical clichés or of the inventions of those who ridicule God. Science presents the calm and clear verdict of Truth against error, voiced and illustrated by the prophets, by Jesus, and by his apostles, as recorded in Scriptures.

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.

*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.

[1] John 2:19 (Brackets added by Mary Baker Eddy)

[2] John 11:26   

[3] John 5:17 (Amplified)

[4] I Cor. 2:16; Phil. 2:5

[5] Gen. 3:9

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