The meekness that receives the Christ
Where meekness will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.
That sentiment, from the Christian Science Hymnal (Phillips Brooks, No. 223), rings as a reminder of two verses right near the beginning of the Bible’s Gospel of John. In speaking of Jesus, these verses say: “He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God” (John 1:11, 12).
Christmas is a time of good news, and the good news is that, while Christ Jesus ascended and is no longer with us, the Christ—that which Jesus expressed as the Son of God, and which heals, cleanses, and restores—is eternally present. It is right here, to be discerned and demonstrated. To receive the Christ is to welcome into consciousness the activity and healing power of God. The Christ is God’s message, speaking to human consciousness. The Christ is also God’s idea, the perfect model of man, the divine ideal. The true idea of each of us as God’s offspring is found in Christ and is God’s self-expression.
In Mary Baker Eddy’s book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she explains: “Throughout all generations both before and after the Christian era, the Christ, as the spiritual idea,—the reflection of God,—has come with some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ, Truth. Abraham, Jacob, Moses, and the prophets caught glorious glimpses of the Messiah, or Christ, which baptized these seers in the divine nature, the essence of Love. The divine image, idea, or Christ was, is, and ever will be inseparable from the divine Principle, God” (p. 333).
To receive the Christ is to welcome into consciousness the activity and healing power of God.
Still today, with “some measure of power and grace to all prepared to receive Christ,” comes the divinely powerful influence that heals and saves. As an example, let’s consider something in the chapter “Fruitage” in Science and Health. A woman who had been involved in an accident and lived in great pain spent years seeking relief from suffering. She was told by her doctors that eventually she wouldn’t be able to move her hands and feet at all. An acquaintance of her husband’s recommended Christian Science. He explained how the practice of the Science of Christ had brought healing to him and his family.
Not really knowing anything about Christian Science, the woman received and began reading Science and Health. At first, she hid the book from others, afraid of its message. But this fear was quickly replaced by the conviction that its teachings were the same truths Christ Jesus taught centuries ago. She stopped to contemplate, and saw that God’s healing power was what she wanted exclusively. You could say that she was meek enough, humble enough, to yield to the book’s message. “I then turned back to the book and began reading again, when, lo, the Christ-idea dawned upon me, and I was healed instantaneously” (see Science and Health, pp. 631–633).
The Christ-idea heals because it changes thought. When, through the power of God, your thoughts shift from fear of illness, lack, or injustice to an understanding of the truth of the Christ-message—which reveals your spiritual identity as God’s creation—you experience transformation and healing.
For that woman, healing happened when she received and meekly embraced—became humbly receptive to—the influence of the Christ. This shows that, as busy as everyday life can be, clearly, it’s important to make a specific effort each day to receive God’s divine messages of spiritual perfection and goodness.
The Bible describes a time when Jesus traveled to a village and “a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.” Notice that word received. “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (see Luke 10:38–42).
It is helpful to realize that, while Martha received Jesus into her house, she needed to slow down to listen meekly and wholeheartedly to the deep ideas that Jesus was surely relating in order to receive the “good part,” the healing Christ, into her heart and mind. If we are willing to slow down, deeply appreciate, and meekly receive the Christly good news of man forever reflecting God’s perfection, the Christ will enlighten our consciousness, and we will experience healing.
It’s important to make a specific effort each day to receive God’s divine messages of spiritual perfection and goodness.
As another example of how this works, one Christmas season, while a friend of mine was chopping some green peppers, she cut her finger badly. As tense as that moment could have been, she calmly wrapped her finger in a paper towel and began to pray, welcoming in the comfort that the Christ had always afforded her.
Instead of ruminating about why, at Christmastime of all times, she was in this predicament, and worrying over what had caused it, she prayed about her oneness with God. In that holy oneness, there had never been an accident (see Science and Health, p. 424). This divine message assured her of the power and healing activity of God. Meekly and willingly, she embraced the message of Truth with her whole heart.
The fear left and, immediately, so did the pain. In fact, there was no pain from that point forward, and she was healed quickly. Soon after, she left to stay with her family for Christmas, and she continued to be strengthened by what she was understanding of the Christ as she worked through some relationship issues, too. It was a joyous Christmas filled with Christly strength and enrichment!
Christmas, for many parts of the world, is a time of showing love for others through giving and receiving. Each Christmas season truly is enriched beyond measure when we devote time to giving to God our most valuable gifts, our attention, honor, and love for Him. In return, with meekness and gratitude, we receive His greatest gift, and that is the Christ, Truth, which reveals our wonderful, continuing status as the offspring of God.