"He stirreth up the people"

CHRIST JESUS overcame every condition in his experience which was unlike good. He opposed tyranny, injustice, hypocrisy, and deceit, destroying evil by knowing it as nothing—a lie. He was at peace with no phase of error. He declared war on all lies. He said, "I came not to send peace, but a sword." He promised no ease and rest in materiality. He told his listeners that only by denying themselves and taking up the cross could they follow him. He denied any existence apart from God; so must they. He said, "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Lose your life, find your life—these words may have sounded strange to those hearing them. We learn in Christian Science that Jesus referred to the material or human sense of life, which we must lay down or put off in order to attain the divine Life, or immortality. Mary Baker Eddy says in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 51): "Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men the attempt the destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life of man."

Too often men think of a more abundant life as meaning merely the acquisition of more material things, not greater spiritual vision. A loss of a desire for mere materiality must precede the gain of spirituality; and so there must be loss of the false sense of life before there is the gain of the right sense of life. Jesus rejected the whole program of materiality. He expected and required reformation as the effect of the advancing spiritual idea. He considered mercy, right judgment, and justice weighty and important, but he expected the fulfilling of the lesser human demands as well. Jesus refused to accept kingship in the human sense and rejected mere political power. He unsparingly denounced materialism.

"Be active"
June 28, 1941

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