As the life and character of Jesus, recorded in the New Testament, are studied, and our hearts respond with deep love and appreciation of him and his work, the desire to emulate his qualities of character is simultaneously borne in upon our thought. To possess the Mind of Christ is the goal of every Christian Scientist. Without this Mind we cannot possess eternal life. Jesus declared himself to be the "way"; and Mrs. Eddy calls him the Way-shower.

Just before his crucifixion Jesus prayed that wonderful prayer given in the seventeenth chapter of John's Gospel. In it he prayed not only for his disciples, but for all who might at any time accept his teachings. He said, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. ... I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world." Recalling the Biblical use of "name," often designating character, nature, or quality, we have authority for saying that Jesus taught the true character of God and expressed the divine qualities in his human experience and relationships. It is at this point of contact we feel that he is our brother, leading the way to our Father-Mother God, the way we all must take sometime.

Why We Come to Sunday School
March 10, 1928

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