April 5th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY APRIL 5, 2015


SUBJECT — UNREALITY


GOLDEN TEXT: JOHN 5 : 24


“He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” — Christ Jesus



RESPONSIVE READING: John 5 : 25-30 John 11 : 25

25.     The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

26.     For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;

27.     And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

28.     Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

29.     And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

30.     I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

25.     I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1     Psalm 16 : 1, 8-11 (to :)

1     Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.

8     I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9     Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

10     For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

11     Thou wilt shew me the path of life.


2     Deuteronomy 18 : 17 (to ,), 18, 19

17     And the LORD said unto me,

18     I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

19     And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him.


3     John 1 : 32, 36

32     And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

36     And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!


4     John 2 : 13, 18-21

13     And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

18     Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?

19     Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

20     Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

21     But he spake of the temple of his body.


5     John 12 : 23 (to 2nd ,), 25-28

23     And Jesus answered them, saying,

25     He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

26     If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

27     Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.

28     Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.


6     Matthew 27 : 1, 2 (to 2nd ,), 35 (to 1st ,)

1     When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:

2     And when they had bound him, they led him away,

35     And they crucified him.


7     Luke 24 : 1 (to 3rd ,), 4-6 (to :), 8, 9, 36-47, 49-51

1     Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre.

4     And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

5     And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?

6     He is not here, but is risen.

8     And they remembered his words,

9     And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest.

36     And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

37     But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

38     And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

39     Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

40     And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

41     And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

42     And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

43     And he took it, and did eat before them.

44     And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45     Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46     And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47     And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

49     And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

50     And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

51     And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.


8     Revelation 21 : 2-4

2     And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3     And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4     And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


Science and Health


1.     25 : 13-21

Jesus taught the way of Life by demonstration, that we may understand how this divine Principle heals the sick, casts out error, and triumphs over death. Jesus presented the ideal of God better than could any man whose origin was less spiritual. By his obedience to God, he demonstrated more spiritually than all others the Principle of being. Hence the force of his admonition, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."


2.     497 : 20 (We)-23

We acknowledge that the crucifixion of Jesus and his resurrection served to uplift faith to understand eternal Life, even the allness of Soul, Spirit, and the nothingness of matter.


3.     316 : 12-23

Jesus represented Christ, the true idea of God. Hence the warfare between this spiritual idea and perfunctory religion, between spiritual clear-sightedness and the blindness of popular belief, which led to the conclusion that the spiritual idea could be killed by crucifying the flesh. The Christ-idea, or the Christ-man, rose higher to human view because of the crucifixion, and thus proved that Truth was the master of death. Christ presents the indestructible man, whom Spirit creates, constitutes, and governs. Christ illustrates that blending with God, his divine Principle, which gives man dominion over all the earth.


4.     317 : 16-20

The individuality of man is no less tangible because it is spiritual and because his life is not at the mercy of matter. The understanding of his spiritual individuality makes man more real, more formidable in truth, and enables him to conquer sin, disease, and death.


5.     43 : 11-1 (to ,)

Jesus' last proof was the highest, the most convincing, the most profitable to his students. The malignity of brutal persecutors, the treason and suicide of his betrayer, were overruled by divine Love to the glorification of the man and of the true idea of God, which Jesus' persecutors had mocked and tried to slay. The final demonstration of the truth which Jesus taught, and for which he was crucified, opened a new era for the world. Those who slew him to stay his influence perpetuated and extended it.

Jesus rose higher in demonstration because of the cup of bitterness he drank. Human law had condemned him, but he was demonstrating divine Science. Out of reach of the barbarity of his enemies, he was acting under spiritual law in defiance of matter and mortality, and that spiritual law sustained him. The divine must overcome the human at every point. The Science Jesus taught and lived must triumph over all material beliefs about life, substance, and intelligence, and the multitudinous errors growing from such beliefs.

Love must triumph over hate. Truth and Life must seal the victory over error and death.


6.     224 : 16-21

Of old the cross was truth's central sign, and it is to-day. The modern lash is less material than the Roman scourge, but it is equally as cutting. Cold disdain, stubborn resistance, opposition from church, state laws, and the press, are still the harbingers of truth's full-orbed appearing.


7.     27 : 28-14

Why do those who profess to follow Christ reject the essential religion he came to establish? Jesus' persecutors made their strongest attack upon this very point. They endeavored to hold him at the mercy of matter and to kill him according to certain assumed material laws.

The Pharisees claimed to know and to teach the divine will, but they only hindered the success of Jesus' mission. Even many of his students stood in his way. If the Master had not taken a student and taught the unseen verities of God, he would not have been crucified. The determination to hold Spirit in the grasp of matter is the persecutor of Truth and Love.

While respecting all that is good in the Church or out of it, one's consecration to Christ is more on the ground of demonstration than of profession. In conscience, we cannot hold to beliefs outgrown; and by understanding more of the divine Principle of the deathless Christ, we are enabled to heal the sick and to triumph over sin.


8.     34 : 18-14

Through all the disciples experienced, they became more spiritual and understood better what the Master had taught. His resurrection was also their resurrection. It helped them to raise themselves and others from spiritual dulness and blind belief in God into the perception of infinite possibilities. They needed this quickening, for soon their dear Master would rise again in the spiritual realm of reality, and ascend far above their apprehension. As the reward for his faithfulness, he would disappear to material sense in that change which has since been called the ascension.

What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea! His gloom had passed into glory, and His disciples' grief into repentance, — hearts chastened and pride rebuked. Convinced of the fruitlessness of their toil in the dark and wakened by their Master's voice, they changed their methods, turned away from material things, and cast their net on the right side. Discerning Christ, Truth, anew on the shore of time, they were enabled to rise somewhat from mortal sensuousness, or the burial of mind in matter, into newness of life as Spirit.

This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love.


9.     54 : 10-17

That he might liberally pour his dear-bought treasures into empty or sin-filled human storehouses, was the inspiration of Jesus' intense human sacrifice. In witness of his divine com- mission, he presented the proof that Life, Truth, and Love heal the sick and the sinning, and triumph over death through Mind, not matter. This was the highest proof he could have offered of divine Love.



Love is the liberator.