"Lifted up"

In the twelfth chapter of John's Gospel are found these words of our Master: "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." This thought expressed by Jesus certainly shows the powerful attraction of the Christ, Truth. If, therefore, we lift our thoughts away from the earthly to the contemplation of spiritual things, our light will be seen of men, and they will be attracted to God, or good. Then we shall be found obeying the heavenly command to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all mankind.

Many weary ones are struggling to carry the heavy burden of sickness, lack, or sorrow of some kind, and they press feebly onward, searching, ever searching, for health, peace, and rest amid the arid surroundings of the desert of material existence, little realizing that if they but lifted their thoughts from a material to a spiritual sense of life, they would find God and all of His attributes, including peace, health, joy, power, and an abundance of all good. Through earnest study of Christian Science, the Christ, Truth, is revealed, and one may thereby partake freely of the living waters of life and be lifted up. Then his burden will be removed.

Jesus must have kept his thoughts constantly lifted up, or else he could not have demonstrated life, truth, and love as perfectly as he did. He saw only the real man as the spiritual expression of infinite Love. He saw only spiritual Life, realizing at all times that this Life is the eternal God, changeless, without beginning and without ending. He saw only the truth of Spirit, and knew that mortality and matter were but the suppositional opposites of reality; and he demonstrated the power of Love to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of sin. In the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," our beloved Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, says on page 259, "The divine nature was best expressed in Christ Jesus, who threw upon mortals the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow,—thoughts which presented man as fallen, sick, sinning, and dying."

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"Believe ... in me"
April 16, 1927

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