In his real self he bore no infirmities. Though “a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,” as Isaiah says of him, he bore not his sins, but ours, “in his own body on the tree.” “He was bruised for our iniquities; . . . and with his stripes we are healed.”
He was the Way-shower; and Christian Scientists who would demonstrate “the way” must keep close to his path, that they may win the prize. “The way,” in the flesh, is the suffering which leads out of the flesh. “The way,” in Spirit, is “the way” of Life, Truth, and Love, redeeming us from the false sense of the flesh and the wounds it bears. This threefold Messiah reveals the self-destroying ways of error and the life-giving way of Truth.
Job’s faith and hope gained him the assurance that the so-called sufferings of the flesh are unreal. We shall learn how false are the pleasures and pains of material sense, and behold the truth of being, as expressed in his conviction, “Yet in my flesh shall I see God;” that is, Now and here shall I behold God, divine Love.
If Jesus suffered, as the Scriptures declare, it must have been from the mentality of others; since all suffering comes from mind, not from matter, and there could be no sin or suffering in the Mind which is God. Not his own sins, but the sins of the world, “crucified the Lord of glory,” and “put him to an open shame.”
Holding a quickened sense of false environment, and suffering from mentality in opposition to Truth, are significant of that state of mind which the actual understanding of Christian Science first eliminates and then destroys.
In the divine order of Science every follower of Christ shares his cup of sorrows. He also suffereth in the flesh, and from the mentality which opposes the law of Spirit; but the divine law is supreme, for it freeth him from the law of sin and death.
Until he awakes from his delusion, he suffers least from sin who is a hardened sinner. The hypocrite’s affections must first be made to fret in their chains; and the pangs of hell must lay hold of him ere he can change from flesh to Spirit, become acquainted with that Love which is without dissimulation and endureth all things. Such mental conditions as ingratitude, lust, malice, hate, constitute the miasma of earth. More obnoxious than 57Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend the spiritual sense.
Anatomically considered, the design of the material senses is to warn mortals of the approach of danger by the pain they feel and occasion; but as this sense disappears it foresees the impending doom and foretells the pain. Man’s refuge is in spirituality, “under the shadow of the Almighty.”
The cross is the central emblem of human history. Without it there is neither temptation nor glory. When Jesus turned and said, “Who hath touched me?” he must have felt the influence of the woman’s thought; for it is written that he felt that “virtue had gone out of him.” His pure consciousness was discriminating, and rendered this infallible verdict; but he neither held her error by affinity nor by infirmity, for it was detected and dismissed.
The only conscious existence in the flesh is error of some 58sort, — sin, pain, death, — a false sense of life and happiness. Mortals, if at ease in so-called existence, are in their native element of error, and must become dis-eased, disquieted, before error is annihilated.
Jesus walked with bleeding feet the thorny earth-road, treading “the winepress alone.” His persecutors said mockingly, “Save thyself, and come down from the cross.” This was the very thing he was doing, coming down from the cross, saving himself after the manner that he had taught, by the law of Spirit’s supremacy; and this was done through what is humanly called agony.
Even the ice-bound hypocrite melts in fervent heat, before he apprehends Christ as “the way.” The Master’s sublime triumph over all mortal mentality was immortality’s goal. He was too wise not to be willing to test the full compass of human woe, being “in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”