August 30th, 2015 Full Text | Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

SUNDAY AUGUST 30, 2015


SUBJECT — CHRIST JESUS


GOLDEN TEXT: JOHN 14 : 6


“I am the way, the truth, and the life.” — Christ Jesus



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RESPONSIVE READING: Isaiah 11 : 1-5, 10

1.     And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

2.     And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

3.     And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:

4.     But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.

5.     And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.

10.     And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.


LESSON SERMON

The Bible


1.     Isaiah 9 : 2

2     The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

2.     Proverbs 3 : 1, 5, 6, 13, 14, 16, 18 (to :)

1     My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:

5     Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6     In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

13     Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

14     For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

16     Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.

18     She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her:

3.     Mark 8 : 1 (Jesus) (to 1st ,), 31-35

1     …Jesus called his disciples unto him,

31     And he began to teach them, that the Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders, and of the chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again.

32     And he spake that saying openly. And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him.

33     But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

34     And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

35     For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

4.     Matthew 26 : 14-17 (to 1st ,), 20, 21, 24, 25, 36-50

14     Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,

15     And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

16     And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him.

17     Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus,

20     Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve.

21     And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

24     The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

25     Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

36     Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

37     And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.

38     Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

39     And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

40     And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

41     Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

42     He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

43     And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

44     And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.

45     Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

46     Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

47     And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.

48     Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

49     And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.

50     And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.

5.     Matthew 27 : 3-5

3     Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,

4     Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.

5     And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

6.     Jude 1 : 17 (beloved)-21

17     …beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18     How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

19     These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

20     But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

21     Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.


Science and Health


1.     19 : 29-1

Jesus urged the commandment, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me," which may be ren- dered: Thou shalt have no belief of Life as mortal; thou shalt not know evil, for there is one Life, — even God, good.

2.     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."

3.     286 : 9-15

The Master said, "No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me," Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, "I am the way." Physical causation was put aside from first to last by this original man, Jesus. He knew that the divine. Principle, Love, creates and governs all that is real.

4.     471 : 31-4

This Science teaches man that God is the only Life, and that this Life is Truth and Love; that God is to be understood, adored, and demonstrated; that divine Truth casts out suppositional error and heals the sick.

5.     451 : 8-18

Students of Christian Science, who start with its letter and think to succeed without the spirit, will either make shipwreck of their faith or be turned sadly awry. They must not only seek, but strive, to enter the narrow path of Life, for "wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat." Man walks in the direction towards which he looks, and where his treasure is, there will his heart be also. If our hopes and affections are spiritual, they come from above, not from beneath, and they bear as of old the fruits of the Spirit.

6.     593 : 6

PURSE. Laying up treasures in matter; error.

7.     47 : 10-26

Judas conspired against Jesus. The world's ingratitude and hatred towards that just man effected his betrayal. The traitor's price was thirty pieces of silver and the smiles of the Pharisees. He chose his time, when the people were in doubt concerning Jesus' teachings.

A period was approaching which would reveal the infinite distance between Judas and his Master. Judas Iscariot knew this. He knew that the great goodness of that Master placed a gulf between Jesus and his betrayer, and this spiritual distance inflamed Judas' envy. The greed for gold strengthened his ingratitude, and for a time quieted his remorse. He knew that the world generally loves a lie better than Truth; and so he plotted the betrayal of Jesus in order to raise himself in popular estimation. His dark plot fell to the ground, and the traitor fell with it.

8.     5 : 14-21

Saints and sinners get their full award, but not always in this world. The followers of Christ drank his cup. Ingratitude and persecution filled it to the brim; but God pours the riches of His love into the understanding and affections, giving us strength according to our day. Sinners flourish "like a green bay tree;" but, looking farther, the Psalmist could see their end, — the destruction of sin through suffering.

9.     241 : 1-7

"Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth." He, who knows God's will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them, incurs the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is chastened by Love.

Sensual treasures are laid up "where moth and rust doth corrupt." Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in upon them, and carries off their fleeting joys.

10.     458 : 32-11

Christianity causes men to turn naturally from matter to Spirit, as the flower turns from darkness to light. Man then appropriates those things which "eye hath not seen nor ear heard." Paul and John had a clear apprehension that, as mortal man achieves no worldly honors except by sacrifice, so he must gain heavenly riches by forsaking all worldliness. Then he will have nothing in common with the worldling's affections, motives, and aims. Judge not the future advancement of Christian Science by the steps already taken, lest you yourself be condemned for failing to take the first step.

11.     vii : 13-21

The time for thinkers has come. Truth, independent of doctrines and time-honored systems, knocks at the portal of humanity. Contentment with the past and the cold conventionality of materialism are crumbling away. Ignorance of God is no longer the stepping-stone to faith. The only guarantee of obedience is a right apprehension of Him whom to know aright is Life eternal. Though empires fall, "the Lord shall reign forever."

12.     14 : 12-30

Become conscious for a single moment that Life and intelligence are purely spiritual, — neither in nor of matter, — and the body will then utter no complaints. If suffering from a belief in sickness, you will find yourself suddenly well. Sorrow is turned into joy when the body is controlled by spiritual Life, Truth, and Love. Hence the hope of the promise Jesus bestows: "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; . . . because I go unto my Father," — [because the Ego is absent from the body, and present with Truth and Love.] The Lord's Prayer is the prayer of Soul, not of material sense.

Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man's dominion over the whole earth. This understanding casts out error and heals the sick, and with it you can speak "as one having authority."



Love is the liberator.