One who does not know something about the real nature of man might be disinclined to believe that Jesus could have been joyful; yet the Master said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." And where peace is there must be joy. Healing through the understanding of God's power and presence brings a sense of peace and joy nothing else can. Jesus' life was a continual proving of the power of Truth to heal and save. Even the overcoming of a slight claim of evil brings to us a wonderful sense of gratitude and joy; so that he who healed blindness and leprosy and raised the dead, as did the master Christian, must have been very joyous and grateful. Sorrow cannot abide in the thought filled with gratitude.

It would appear as if there might have been a great deal in Jesus' life to keep him from being happy; and still, though he was continually being persecuted, he could say: "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad."

The ingratitude of many of those healed by him, the treason of Judas and the desertion of his disciples at the cross had not the power to make Jesus lose sight of God as infinite, ever present Love, and of man as His idea, ever rejoicing in the knowledge of Love's presence and protecting care. No human circumstance could disturb his peace, because it was the peace of God, which the world did not give, and therefore could not take away.

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True Substance
July 9, 1927

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