Sunday, August 28th, 2022 Roundtable

I Jesus Am the Bright and Morning Star

This week’s Lesson Sermon Subject: Christ Jesus

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Morning Prayers

May the divine light of Christian Science which lighteth every enlightened thought, illumine my faith and understanding, exclude all darkness and doubt, signal the perfect faith wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby to demonstrate the perfect man and perfect law of God.

PRAYER FOR YOURSELF – I am the child of God. His care and love surround me. Animal magnetism cannot reach me to make me fear or be afraid.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 62, 63

Discussion Points

60 — WATCH lest the salt lose its savor, or that you endeavor either to express humanity without having established the basis, or divinity, of which the humanity is the outward expression, or try to be absolute, without any application to the human need. Science and Health says, “The divinity of the Christ was made manifest in the humanity of Jesus.” Divine Science is expressed in Christian Science.

If the humanity, or salt, comes to occupy first place in your thought, you may drop the divinity, and become all salt. If you seek divinity without expressing it in humanity, the salt loses its savor. The effect of divinity applied to humanity is to give life a flavor as it heals and blesses man. Yet since the fate of all that is human is ultimate destruction, we must not make the salting of it our goal. We can be grateful for every improvement in the human without making a god out of it. Idolatry is putting effect ahead of cause, seeking health of body, for instance, more than spiritualization of thought, or a knowledge of God. One who worships effect puts something ahead of God in his procession, when God should always lead, and all else follow, according to Matt. 6:33.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

GOLDEN TEXT: Revelation 22 : 16

“I Jesus am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.”

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What has this hillside priest, this seaside teacher, done for the human race? Ask, rather, what has he not done. His holy humility, unworldliness, and self-abandonment wrought infinite results.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 92

We are called to lay ourselves daily, hourly, upon the altar of selfsacrifice, of utter dependence upon God, glorying in each awful trial, rejoicing in each draught from that cup which fits us to become participants with Jesus of his martyrdom and victory. This power is given us in the same extent as we entertain the sense of the Spirit which enriched him, and we come into the fullness of demonstration as we have the same Mind which was in Christ Jesus.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 143

In the Sermon on the Mount Christ Jesus said: “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” Spiritual light is the natural illuminator of consciousness, and it is possible to dwell in constant light. We may have periods of darkness, or continuous darkness, which we may attempt to efface by means of various humanly conceived devices or philosophies; but these, being of mortal conception, are dependent upon the ever-varying conditions of environment. Spiritual light has no varying quality; any variation that it may seem to have is due to but one cause,—a wavering thought, an eye that is not single. No obstruction of this light is so dense as a selfish or sensual thought. When the eye is turned inward, it looks into darkness, vacuity; not a ray of light illumines consciousness, and in this darkness is conceived all that prevents the world from having a present realization of peace, harmony, heaven.

This darkness in individual consciousness has been multiplied and multiplied until we have a world to be saved from the darkness of error. The Saviour, or Christ, is the coming to the individual consciousness of a light which reveals the true relation of God and man; which reveals the futility of human devices for illuminating thought, no matter how time-honored they may be; which reveals the unsatisfying quality of all that materiality gives, — unsatisfying, because without real substance.

Sometimes this spiritual light floods consciousness. This occurs when there is a complete turning from the material to the spiritual through the understanding gained in Christian Science, and it is usually expressed in healing, for, as Mrs. Eddy tells us (Science and Health, p. 503), “God, Spirit, dwelling in infinite light and harmony from which emanates the true idea, is never reflected by aught but the good.” Again, this light comes as comes the day: first the morning star, then the strange stillness of the dawn, and then — ay! Whether the light comes in a flood, as when a sleeper awakens to find his room sunlit, or whether it comes as comes the star, the dawn, and then the day, it can be kept, lived in continuously, only as we discern that our sense of its permanence depends entirely upon our faithfulness to the truth. When shadows fall, when darkness comes, we are apt to think that the obstructions are due to the fact that others are standing in our light; but in truth these shadows are usually from within, and as we multiply them our darkness increases.

If we would dwell in the light, we have only to keep our eye single; and this is not difficult when we realize that nothing but wrong thought can separate us from God and from the light and joy, the strength and power, that are ours by reflection. In proportion as we bring every thought into captivity to Christ, as we keep our eye single, as we learn to demonstrate daily that in which we say we believe, — the omnipresence, the omniscience of God, — in that proportion is our whole body full of light.

“The Single Eye” from Christian Science Sentinel, July 19, 1913 by Ada Jane Miller

No works on the subject of Christian Science existed, prior to my discovery of this Science. Before the publication of my first work on this doctrine, a few manuscripts of mine were in circulation. The discovery and founding of Christian Science has cost more than thirty years of unremitting toil and unrest; but, comparing those with the joy of knowing that the sinner and the sick are helped thereby, that time and eternity bear witness to this gift of God to the race, I am the debtor.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 382

Final Readings

There was no incorporeal Jesus of Nazareth. The spiritual man, or Christ, was after the similitude of the Father, without corporeality or finite mind.

Materiality, worldliness, human pride, or self-will, by demoralizing his motives and Christlikeness, would have dethroned his power as the Christ.

To carry out his holy purpose, he must be oblivious of human self.

Of the lineage of David, like him he went forth, simple as the shepherd boy, to disarm the Goliath. Panoplied in the strength of an exalted hope, faith, and understanding, he sought to conquer the three-in-one of error: the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Three years he went about doing good. He had for thirty years been preparing to heal and teach divinely; but his three-years mission was a marvel of glory: its chaplet, a grave to mortal sense dishonored — from which sprang a sublime and everlasting victory!

He who dated time, the Christian era, and spanned eternity, was the meekest man on earth. He healed and taught by the wayside, in humble homes: to arrant hypocrite and to dull disciples he explained the Word of God, which has since ripened into interpretation through Science.

His words were articulated in the language of a declining race, and committed to the providence of God. In no one thing seemed he less human and more divine than in his unfaltering faith in the immortality of Truth. Referring to this, he said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away!” and they have not: they still live; and are the basis of divine liberty, the medium of Mind, the hope of the race.

Only three years a personal Saviour! yet the foundations he laid are as eternal as Truth, the chief cornerstone.

After his brief brave struggle, and the crucifixion of the corporeal man, the incorporeal Saviour — the Christ or spiritual idea which leadeth into all Truth — must needs come in Christian Science, demonstrating the spiritual healing of body and mind.

This idea or divine essence was, and is, forever about the Father’s business; heralding the Principle of health, holiness, and immortality.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 162-163

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