The Demands of Truth

Because he was able to show by his works that he understood God better than did other men, Christ Jesus became the way of salvation for all mankind. As the truths of spiritual being unfolded to his consciousness, he found the lines of his endeavor converging toward one supreme end,—the overcoming of the world, the refutation of the claim that material modes belong to the divine order. Not only did he succeed in thus overcoming the world of material beliefs for himself, but he implanted in human consciouness the germ of truth which, as the great Teacher so clearly indicated in the parable of the leaven, was destined eventually to do away with the illusion of error in its entirety.

In demonstrating the power and presence of the spiritual idea the Master's course ran in the main counter to that of friends, surroundings, and merely human inclinations. "In the world ye shall have tribulation," he said to the disciples as his earthly career was drawing to a close; "but," he added exultantly, "be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Although Jesus has commonly been regarded as "a man of sorrows," that estimate does not accord with his own testimony; for even in the face of impending crucifixion, he prayed that his joy might remain with his followers.

Independent Work
June 13, 1914

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