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Follow and love Christ Jesus more each day!

Kemi Awosile, CS
Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015

Follow and love Christ Jesus more each day!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

for August 30, 2015 on

“Christ Jesus”

Prepared by Kemi Awosile, CS [right before her study/service trip to S. Korea!]
617-817-4048 kemi.awosile@gmail.com

I love how each week’s lesson continues to build upon collective lessons from previous weeks. Last week we were reminded to always affirm that the source of all wisdom and intelligence is God. (Met by Kathy Fitzer, CS) This week’s lesson is a natural progression because we are now being shown by Christ Jesus that the purpose of that wisdom is to help us in understanding God, and to help us in healing ourselves and the world. In citation B14 from last week’s Bible Lesson on “Mind” Paul proclaims “we have the mind of Christ.” (I Cor. 2:16). This is a wonderful segue into this week’s lesson on “Christ Jesus” which ends with our solemn pledge “to watch and pray for that mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus”. (S28, 497:24)

Golden Text: The Golden Text lays down a foundation which is revisited in some way in every section of the lesson: Our faithful God is calling us to a close fellowship with Him as demonstrated by Jesus Christ His Son.

Responsive Reading: Isaiah’s message is straightforward: there will be trials, but God’s comfort is constant. God is always with us and God is all. This understanding is salvation.

This Responsive Reading starts out with a call to prayer. I love that because I have always felt that one of Jesus’ greatest teaching is the Lord’s Prayer. Isaiah is telling the listener/reader to “ask and it shall be given unto you.”

In any situation or experience we find ourselves, we can ask our Father to show us the way. We can ask our Father for a sign. And our Father-Mother Love will give us the inspiration needed. As we actively listen to God’s angel messages for us—inspiration unfolds to us the age-old idea of Immanuel (meaning “God with us”). We begin to understand what “God with us” means for each situation or experience in which we find ourselves. As we feed and nurture this idea with our right thinking and actions, we gain the kingdom of heaven where harmony rules supremely. But there’s a requirement, a virgin birth; to me this means that God is always with us but in order for us to understand the fullness of Immanuel, our thoughts, like Mary’s thoughts, have to be holy and pure, purely consecrated to our Father and His spiritual creation. That includes knowing how to “refuse the evil, and choose the good” whether the evil comes to us in gossip, media advertising, a temptation to do wrong, a diagnosis…

The Responsive Reading concludes by pointing us back to the scriptures as our guide in this pure consecration and by our understanding and practice of the inspired word that makes us “wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (II Tim. 3:15)

Section 1: Jesus’ Sonship and our divine adoption and heritage…
Citation B1 (Acts 3:22) cites an Old Testament expectation that “God would raise up a Prophet like unto me” (Moses)… who would “speak unto them all that I command them”. (Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18) Jesus fulfilled this prophesy because, like Moses: he was meek; he freed people from all kinds of bondage; he feed multitudes; he healed leprosy and other ills, and he spoke “even as the Father said unto me”. In John 12:50 Jesus spoke these words as proof of his claim to be “that Prophet”. [For more on the fulfillment of the Biblical prophesies referred to in citations B1 and B6 see a Cobbey Crisler Download 1 at the upper right of CedarS online Met at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2015/8/christ-jesus-2/ ] Better than anyone before or since Jesus demonstrated “Immanuel, or God with us”. (SH 34:5) He made it very clear that all the truths that applied to him also apply to us as God’s children, “that we might receive the adoption of sons… (to become) an heir of God through Christ.” (B2, Gal. 4: 5, 6) [This has definite applications for us as we challenge being an heir of the flesh in a modern day worship of genetics and DNA as being the supposed cause of nearly all traits, good and bad. Christ Jesus’ thought is quick to “refuse the evil” (RR)—the lie of fleshly heredity. When asked whether to blame a man’s blindness on the blind man himself or on his parents, he replied in essence neither and that DNA Does Not Apply! See John 9:1-7.] Mary Baker Eddy explains why there is “no fleshly inheritance” on pages 228 and 178 of Science and Health.] She also states that if we could but understand and acknowledge our common, divine parentage, “the whole family of man would be brethren.” (470) Our having the same, infinitely beneficent heavenly Father means that whatever good was demonstrated by Jesus, is applicable to all mankind. To “have the mind of Christ” we, like Jesus, need to feel the precious care, closeness and love for us of our heavenly, ever-present Daddy or “Abba” (B2, Galatians 4: 6)

Section 2: Our fellowship through followership
In response to a question put forth to John the Baptist by the ruling body of the Jews, John responds that he is not the Christ, not the prophesied Messiah that the Jews had been expecting to appear according to prophesy. But he does situate himself in scripture. (Compare John 1:23 to Isaiah 40:3) John serves God and humanity as a witness to the Messiah, even the day before he sees Jesus physically. When he does see Jesus, he describes what he is witnessing using two universal symbols of purity: a lamb and a dove. His report is so compelling that his own disciples leave him to follow Jesus. They immediately call Jesus “Master” and want to know “where dwellest thou”—presumably so they could dwell with him. Jesus then invites them to “come and see” the glory of the kingdom of heaven (where Jesus “dwells”)—and as they follow him, they witness Jesus teaching, preaching and healing. [B6, John 1:19-39, with more Cobbey Crisler insights in Download 1 at the upper right of CedarS online Met at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2015/8/christ-jesus-2/ ] Mary Baker Eddy further expands on this, explaining that we follow Jesus, become disciples, or Christians when we are receptive to the Christ, and “solemnly promise to watch and pray” (S28) for “the mind of Christ” (I Cor. 2:16) to be in us. We should strive to learn one new thing from his example to put into practice in our lives each day.

That way we are the continuation of the scripture’s Christly activity. At every moment we are being called to be witnesses for Christ—to at least look at something “old” in a new way. This is not a passive action that is done with our material eyes, but is an active witnessing that requires us to leave behind material sense. As Mary Baker Eddy puts it, “all must sooner or later plant themselves in Christ, the true idea of God" (B5) in order to receive “directly the divine power." (B10)

Section 3: Follow Jesus’ radical love of sinners (not of sin)
Why do we follow Christ? We follow Christ because before we even begin to understand his teachings we can see and feel the love and truth in his teaching and demonstration.

Even to those of us educated in the teachings of Christ Jesus, it might seem hard to follow in the footsteps that lead to dining with publicans and sinners. Can you imagine then how misunderstood Jesus would have been two thousand years ago? By Pharisees who felt that they above all others had a firm grasp of the law as given by Moses? But even though the Pharisees could not understand Jesus because his actions did not align with their limited interpretation of the law, it was obvious that Jesus’ teaching was based on and came out of love.

Are we sitting in citadels, pointing out what is wrong in society while staying aloof and hidden? Or like Jesus, are we shining our light into the deepest, darkest night? Our lives should be living testaments to God’s all-power to all mankind. This is what it means to be a child of God.

Section 4: To follow be hospitable, repentant, humble… “merciful, just, and pure”
How do we follow Jesus? Well, let’s examine the qualities that the woman in Luke 7 expressed. [See Cobbey Crisler’s (CS) insights on this passage as Download 3 posted on CedarS online version of this Met.at http://www.cedarscamps.org/metaphysical/articles/2015/8/christ-jesus-2/ ] The woman in Luke 7 expressed:
Hospitality: even though Jesus’ host neglected to offer Jesus water to wash his feet, this woman was quick to see the need.
Repentance: she is crying
Humility: she is washing Jesus’ feet
Meekness: she does not speak during this entire encounter
Love: though she is expectant, she is giving unconditionally all that she has that is of value to her. Washing his feet with her hair goes to show that extent to which she regarded and valued the gift she was expecting.
Gratitude: Jesus sensed she was grateful in advance of this gift of forgiveness.

How do we follow Jesus? By expressing the same qualities that made this woman stand out to Jesus. It is also worthwhile to visit some of the qualities expressed by Jesus in this situation:
Merciful: He quickly forgives the woman of her sins.
Just: He calls out Simon, his host.
Pure: He inoffensively diffuses the situation. He is able to discern what Simon is thinking, and he helps Simon understand what is wrong with that way of thinking.

Like Jesus we too will seek daily to be “merciful, just and pure” as we keep the solemn promise we make in the 6th Tenet of Christian Science: “And we solemnly promise to watch, and pray for that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus; to do unto others as we would have them do unto us; and to be merciful, just, and pure.” (S28, 497:24)

We too can be “merciful”: We can quickly forgive other and ourselves of shortcomings.

We too can be “just”: Since “justice is the handmaid of mercy”, we should be willing to call out others, as kindly as possible, even if they are hosting us.

We too can be “pure”: We can inoffensively diffuse each situation. We can discern what others are thinking, and help them understand what is wrong with that way of thinking.

Section 5: Follow Jesus’ healing example and expect “greater works”
When we start to follow Jesus by expressing these qualities so highly valued by our Master metaphysician, we naturally begin to witness and demonstrate the laws of God in action as healing. Mary Baker Eddy helps us understand that by expressing these qualities we make ourselves available to the operation of divine Principle and this is what results in the healing of sickness and the destruction of error. [I love the way that Christine Irby Williams in an inspirational message given at Fern Lodge has thought through and expounded on Jesus’ promise that “he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do…” (B18, John 14:12)]

Section 6: Fulfill your promise–"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:" (Phil. 2:5)
Look at how Mrs. Eddy incorporates into the sixth tenet of Christian Science (S-28,497) this advice from Paul to the Philippians about approaching everything as Jesus would. As you read and re-read this lesson, be alert to Jesus' example and learn and practice each day more about how to humbly follow it. [Here’s an enlightening Kathy Fitzer commentary on this verse from her Met on Mind in 2010 : “What are we really praying for when we ask that the mind of Christ Jesus be our mind? Have you ever looked at the context? Paul is urging the church in Philippi to approach all they do as Jesus would approach it - loving one another and acknowledging God as the source of all things good. According to The Interpreter's Bible, the word "mind" can be translated "humble, obedient spirit." When you think about it, everything Jesus did was from the standpoint of his oneness with God. He was always yielding to and giving glory to God. He continually urged his followers to have no strife with one another or give any thought to who was the greatest. God is the greatest! The subtitles I found introducing the second chapter of Philippians, verses 1-11, included "Unity Through Humility"; "Christ's Example of Humility"; Imitating Christ's Humility"; and "Have the Attitude of Christ."] What a joy it is to know with scientific certainty that when we have the humble, loving attitude of Christ Jesus we are never separate from God! (B19) Have you ever felt the freedom of knowing you are being taken care of, no matter what? If so, then you have caught a glimpse of the peace of God. (B21) Now rest in the assurance that such peace is constant, with you always and that you can fully living up to your “promise”! (S28) Wow, how awesome is that?


[Bracketed italics in each CedarS Met are added by CedarS Director and Met "Founder"/Editor, Warren Huff, who’s forever grateful for all the good already received and LETTING ONGOING NEEDS BE KNOWN –
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In June and July CedarS received a record amount of rain (~30 inches that we’d love to share with those needing it). It caused 100-year flash floods in our lower valley (100 feet lower than camp buildings) and in our Cobbs Creek, washing away watergaps and pasture fencing. Now we need to do about $7,000 in fencing repairs there before turning our 70+ horses into these lush lower pastures. Any quick one-time or monthly donation online or otherwise that you or friends could give us would be greatly appreciated! That's http://www.cedarscamps.org/giving/give/]

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