Get to know Christ Jesus
"We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death" (Church Manual, p.16). What do these ideas from the fourth tenet of Christian Science imply for you?
"... Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people" (Matthew 4:23). What does this mean for you, here and now?
"If all who ever partook of the sacrament had really commemorated the sufferings of Jesus and drunk of his cup, they would have revolutionized the world" (Science and Health, p.34). How are you partaking in this revolutionary grace, inside and out? How is that making the ordinary extraordinary in your life?
"It is possible, — yea, it is the duty and privilege of every child, man, and woman, — to follow in some degree the example of the Master by the demonstration of Truth and Life, of health and holiness" (Science and Health, p.37). Also, Mary Baker Eddy reminded adherents to "... follow your Leader only so far as she follows Christ" (Message for '01, p.34). What does this mean for you as a disciple of Christ Jesus?
We can pray with our Christian brothers and sisters the prayer of Jesus for his followers: “... that they all may be one … [so] that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:21).
Eddy writes, "To my sense the Sermon on the Mount, read each Sunday without comment and obeyed throughout the week, would be enough for Christian practice" (Message for 1901, p. 11). She also includes the Beatitudes and the Lord's Prayer, both of which are found in the Sermon on the Mount, as part of the "first lessons" for Sunday School students (find teaching tools here), and points out that the Lord's Prayer "covers all human needs" (Science and Health, p.16). Are you aware of the power of these basic teachings?
"Our Master taught spirituality by similitudes and parables" (Science and Health, p.117). Do we understand and value Jesus' parables sufficiently? What about the parable of the pearl of great price for which a merchant sold all else? What about what Eddy says is rightly called "the pearl of parables," the Prodigal Son (Retrospection and Introspection, p.91)? Or have you thought about the "... leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened" (Matthew 13:33)? What are these parables teaching you today?
From Old Testament prophecies to the birth of Christ Jesus, the Bible is filled with God's message of salvation and the role of His Son. How familiar are you with it and them?
Still have questions about Christ Jesus? He is mentioned 462 times in this book, and the chapter titled "Atonement and Eucharist" looks especially closely at his life work and how we can understand, honor, and follow him.
The Christian Science Journal, Christian Science Sentinel, and The Herald of Christian Science regularly publish articles that explain how Jesus' life and teachings have improved people's lives and Christian practice. These articles are now available at JSH-Online.