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    Jesus’ spiritual origin and his demonstration of divine Principle richly endowed him and entitled him to sonship 313 313:1in Science. He was the son of a virgin. The term Christ Jesus, or Jesus the Christ (to give the full and 3The one anointedproper translation of the Greek), may be rendered “Jesus the anointed,” Jesus the God-crowned or the divinely royal man, as it is said of him in 6the first chapter of Hebrews: — Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee With the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

9    With this agrees another passage in the same chapter, which refers to the Son as “the brightness of His [God’s] glory, and the express [expressed] image of His person 12[infinite Mind].” It is noteworthy that the phrase “express image” in the Common Version is, in the Greek Testament, character. Using this word in its higher mean15ing, we may assume that the author of this remarkable epistle regarded Christ as the Son of God, the royal reflection of the infinite; and the cause given for the ex18altation of Jesus, Mary’s son, was that he “loved righteousness and hated iniquity.” The passage is made even clearer in the translation of the late George R. 21Noyes, D.D.: “Who, being a brightness from His glory, and an image of His being.”

    Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that 24ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material Jesus the Scientistsurface of things, and found the spiritual cause. To accommodate himself to imma27ture ideas of spiritual power, — for spirituality was possessed only in a limited degree even by his disciples, — Jesus called the body, which by spiritual power he 30raised from the grave, “flesh and bones.” To show that the substance of himself was Spirit and the body 314 314:1no more perfect because of death and no less material until the ascension (his further spiritual exaltation), 3Jesus waited until the mortal or fleshly sense had relinquished the belief of substance-matter, and spiritual sense had quenched all earthly yearnings. Thus he found 6the eternal Ego, and proved that he and the Father were inseparable as God and His reflection or spiritual man. Our Master gained the solution of being, demonstrating 9the existence of but one Mind without a second or equal.

    The Jews, who sought to kill this man of God, showed plainly that their material views were the parents of their 12The bodily resurrectionwicked deeds. When Jesus spoke of reproducing his body, — knowing, as he did, that Mind was the builder, — and said, “Destroy this temple, 15and in three days I will raise it up,” they thought that he meant their material temple instead of his body. To such materialists, the real man seemed a spectre, unseen and 18unfamiliar, and the body, which they laid in a sepulchre, seemed to be substance. This materialism lost sight of the true Jesus; but the faithful Mary saw him, and he 21presented to her, more than ever before, the true idea of Life and substance.

    Because of mortals’ material and sinful belief, the 24spiritual Jesus was imperceptible to them. The higher Opposition of materialistshis demonstration of divine Science carried the problem of being, and the more dis27tinctly he uttered the demands of its divine Principle, Truth and Love, the more odious he became to sinners and to those who, depending on doctrines and material 30laws to save them from sin and sickness, were submissive to death as being in supposed accord with the inevitable law of life. Jesus proved them wrong by 315 315:1his resurrection, and said: “Whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.”

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