WHEN?

Toward the close of Matthew's gospel we find many trenchant utterances by Christ Jesus which point to the passing of materiality with all its miseries, and the establishment in human consciousness of God's eternal kingdom. After Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, he gave a series of marvelous discourses in the temple, and the healing work to which he had devoted himself throughout his entire earthly ministry was also carried into the temple whose sacrificial services had but faintly symbolized the work of the Messiah. In every one of these discourses the great Teacher assailed the false foundations of material belief. In harmony with this Mrs. Eddy tells us that when we become "conscious of the supremacy of Truth," then "the nothingness of error is seen; and we know that the nothingness of error is in proportion to its wickedness" (Science and Health, p. 569).

In the twenty-fourth chapter of this gospel we are told that the disciples anxiously questioned their teacher as to the fulfilment of his predictions. "When shall these things be?" they asked, "and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?" His answer which follows is categorical, and presents scene after scene in the great drama of the world's redemption. Many readers of the Scriptures are however puzzled by the statement, "This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled." They fail to connect it with that which almost immediately follows: "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." Some even say that if Jesus was mistaken in declaring for the final culmination of mortal existence within his own generation, his teachings on other questions as well might be unreliable. Before entering upon any discussion of this topic it is well for us to remember that to God there has never been any interruption of the divine order,—no sin, sickness, or death; hence the changes which come must be in human consciousness, for God says, "I change not"! That a great change was, however, needed in the world's concept of being is undeniable, and the same kind of a change is needed today. Ritualism must give place to "the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith;" and as the paramount importance of these is admitted, the new heaven and the new earth is seen to be at hand, "even at the doors."

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