The Bread of Life

Jesus came preaching to the multitudes and offering them the bread of Life, the bread of God, that would satisfy the hungry. This living bread was from above, not from beneath, and all who partook of it were promised eternal life. We have read of this bread and longed for it, for the bread of mortal mind is unsatisfying. It is called in the Scriptures the bread of tears, of sorrows, of mourning, of affliction; the bread of idleness, of adversity, of wickedness, of deceit, defiled. It is dry and mouldy, and mortal man, in his journey through the wilderness, has starved on this diet of affliction.

Christian Science offers to the multitudes this Word of God that satisfieth. It teaches that man is sustained by Mind, God; that he can be absent from the body and present with God, Life; that holy, uplifting thoughts give strength, vigor, and courage, and are heavenly manna; that material things are but types and shadows of the spiritual, and that we must reverse the sense testimony to gain the facts of Being. Christian Science shows us that craving for the sincerity and truth, for purity, self-forget-fulness, and goodness,—lifts us out of our erroneous conceptions of Life, out of our false sense of existence, into the brighter, holier sense of Life as Love. "This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die."A correction was made in the March 29, 1900 Sentinel: "The importance of the insertion or omission of a single word was well illustrated in the last Sentinel. At the close of the article, 'The Bread of Life,' the familiar text from John 6 was quoted: 'This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.' As the quotation got into type the word 'not' was left out, thus entirely inverting the sense of this mighty saying of Jesus. Let us be careful that we do not invert his teaching in our thought as it was inverted in the type."

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Truth's Lesson
March 22, 1900

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