"A glorious career"

On page 32 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mary Baker Eddy speaks of "the twilight of a glorious career," referring to the night before the crucifixion of Jesus, when he ate what has been called "the last supper" with his disciples. The words are most impressive, especially when viewed from the modern standpoint of what constitutes successful achievement. What would usually be thought of one who was born in a manger, because there was no room for him and his mother in the near-by inn? Jesus worked as a carpenter. In his early years he lived in a little town called Nazareth, and his special friends were fishermen. From very childhood he was called upon to serve, and to walk the road of life feeling, as he put it, that he must be about his Father's business. That was to him the all-important thing. Yet who understood him?

As time went on, he devoted himself to healing, blessing, and comforting those who were in special need of help; and while he gathered followers about him, he came continuously under the jealousy, misunderstanding, and persecution of the materially-minded. Maligned, tortured, forsaken, and crucified, he finally was laid in a sepulcher hewn of stone. Of all those he had redeemed and saved from sin and suffering, only a small group stood by grieving. Could this be called "a glorious career"? the proverbial man in the street might ask.

Let us look at Jesus' career and see what made it so glorious. First of all, this messenger of God expressed the healing power of impartial, universal Love throughout his brief human history. Place, position, personal authority, meant nothing to this true man among men. He beheld in others what he knew he was himself, a son of God, hence expressing good and perfect spiritual being. He was conscious of good alone as real, so that he never admitted evil to be anything at all but a presentation of unreal conditions, which had no place in God's true and harmonious creation.

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Conscious Oneness with God
February 4, 1939

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