Leaning on God

A Priceless blessing was bestowed upon John as he earned the right to be called "the beloved disciple." Christian Scientists may profitably consider the quality of thought expressed by him which entitled him to this distinction. In the incident of the last supper it is related that "there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved." Through close association with Christ Jesus, John had become convinced that the power manifested by him in overcoming all claims of sin, disease, poverty, and distress was derived from God. He was wise enough to adhere closely to the great Teacher and to learn from him his method of teaching and healing.

John was learning to lean upon Christ, defined by Mary Baker Eddy in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 583) as "the divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error." His attitude was not burdensome to the Master; instead, it doubtless was comforting and reassuring to him; for he loved to give of his great spiritual wealth to those who were willing and ready to receive his inspired teaching. He yearned to share with others the richness of his spiritual understanding. He longed for substantial evidence that his disciples understood the compelling influence of his great career to be love for God and man. John's expression of confidence, trust, and affection gave convincing proof that he realized that the Messianic mission was one of love.

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