Temptations Viewed as Opportunities

"Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations," said Christ Jesus to his disciples on the eve of his betrayal. These are significant words for every Christian to ponder; but they need the illumination of Christian Science in order that their true meaning may be fully apprehended.

The account of Jesus' temptations in the wilderness is familiar to every student of the New Testament; and this experience of the Master may sometimes be regarded as an isolated one, whereas the fact that Jesus speaks of his disciples as continuing with him in his temptations shows unmistakably that, as must be the case with all who are striving to turn away from a material sense of existence, Jesus was constantly confronted with and constantly overcoming the temptations of the flesh.

Mrs. Eddy's definitions of "Christ" and of "Jesus" in the Glossary to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" have elucidated much that seemed incomprehensible in the earthly life of the Master. On page 583 we read: "Christ. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error;" and on page 589: "Jesus. The highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea, rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light man's immortality."

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"Blessed are they"
February 16, 1929

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