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The constant spectacle of sin thrust upon the pure sense of the immaculate Jesus made him a man of sorrows. He 6lived when mortals looked ignorantly, as now, on the might of divine power manifested through man; only to mock, wonder, and perish. Sad to say, the cowardice and self-9seeking of his disciples helped crown with thorns the life of him who broke not the bruised reed and quenched not the smoking flax, — who caused not the feeble to fall, nor 12spared through false pity the consuming tares. Jesus was compassionate, true, faithful to rebuke, ready to forgive. He said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the 15least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” “Love one another, as I have loved you.” No estrange‐ment, no emulation, no deceit, enters into the heart that 18loves as Jesus loved. It is a false sense of love that, like the summer brook, soon gets dry. Jesus laid down his life for mankind; what more could he do? Beloved, how much 21of what he did are we doing? Yet he said, “The works that I do shall he do.” When this prophecy of the great Teacher is fulfilled we shall have more effective healers and 24less theorizing; faith without proof loses its life, and it should be buried. The ignoble conduct of his disciples towards their Master, showing their unfitness to follow 27him, ended in the downfall of genuine Christianity, about the year 325, and the violent death of all his disciples save one.
30 The nature of Jesus made him keenly alive to the 19 19:1injustice, ingratitude, treachery, and brutality that he received. Yet behold his love! So soon as he burst the 3bonds of the tomb he hastened to console his unfaithful followers and to disarm their fears. Again: True to his divine nature, he rebuked them on the eve of his ascension, 6called one a “fool” — then, lifting up his hands and bless‐ing them, he rose from earth to heaven.
The Christian Scientist cherishes no resentment; he 9knows that that would harm him more than all the malice of his foes. Brethren, even as Jesus forgave, forgive thou. I say it with joy, — no person can commit an offense 12against me that I cannot forgive. Meekness is the armor of a Christian, his shield and his buckler. He entertains angels who listens to the lispings of repentance seen in a 15tear — happier than the conqueror of a world. To the burdened and weary, Jesus saith: “Come unto me.” O glorious hope! there remaineth a rest for the righteous, 18a rest in Christ, a peace in Love. The thought of it stills complaint; the heaving surf of life’s troubled sea foams itself away, and underneath is a deep-settled calm.
21 Are earth’s pleasures, its ties and its treasures, taken away from you? It is divine Love that doeth it, and sayeth, “Ye have need of all these things.” A danger 24besets thy path? — a spiritual behest, in reversion, awaits you.
The great Master triumphed in furnace fires. Then, 27Christian Scientists, trust, and trusting, you will find divine Science glorifies the cross and crowns the association with our Saviour in his life of love. There is no redundant 30drop in the cup that our Father permits us. Christ 20 20:1walketh over the wave; on the ocean of events, mounting the billow or going down into the deep, the voice of him 3who stilled the tempest saith, “It is I; be not afraid.” Thus he bringeth us into the desired haven, the kingdom of Spirit; and the hues of heaven, tipping the dawn of 6everlasting day, joyfully whisper, “No drunkards within, no sorrow, no pain; and the glory of earth’s woes is risen upon you, rewarding, satisfying, glorifying thy unfaltering 9faith and good works with the fulness of divine Love.” ’Twas God who gave that word of might Which swelled creation’s lay, — 12“Let there be light, and there was light,” — That swept the clouds away; ’Twas Love whose finger traced aloud 15A bow of promise on the cloud.