The Four Gospels – Part 1B

by MJSmith

THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX – Part 1B

ST. MATTHEW (continued from Part 1A)

The Word as Christianity – Life and Truth – Acrux shines its light upon the third foundation Keystone (James) which depicts the Cross of Calvary of Christianity where we have “Marriage” – for true marriage is between the Christ head (that which leads us to the Holy City) and the Christ mass being united in Christian Science.
            “In Chapter III, ‘Marriage,’ we are shown the exaltation of everyday life, since Christianity is always the outcome of the Christ-idea. This is the Word reflecting Christianity, since seeking the spiritual involves a higher sense of humanhood.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 567)

Acrux and the Southern Cross of Calvary

            And now Jesus has all of his twelve foundation stones, all of his disciples are now with him. All one body we! Jesus sends out his twelve into the world as six (for Truth) pairs of twos, as male (Christian) and female (Science) united. In the Old Testament, in Judges, “Israel put into practice in her own experience what she had been taught by Joshua (Jesus and Joshua have the same meaning and they represent Israel’s [the body’s] Christ Head or Leader).   In Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy set up the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons. Each lesson was to have six (Truth) sections consisting of the Bible verses (a book written by many men) and feminine Science and Health text (a book written by one woman). In Christian Science Mary Baker Eddy is our Reverend (Revered Leader); she is head of the Christian Science body (congregation). If Christian Scientists refuse to follow their Leader then they are lost. This is why it is so important for the Quarterly Bible Lessons to consist of the twelve disciples! When the congregation disobeys Mary Baker Eddy and her Church Manual estoppel clauses they are placing her on the Cross of Calvary (believing her identity to be that of a mortal minded persona).
            “Jesus’ disciples are not a personal following; but John the Baptist’s disciples are. John’s disciples go out to see a person, Jesus says. The followers of Christ go out to understand a Principle – to follow step by step the scientific unfoldment of Principle.”[1] Likewise, the students of Christian Science go out to understand a Principle. The material organized Church Leaders (of Simon and Levi), however, believe that all Christian Scientists, if they accept Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy, are following personal sense and idolizing Mary Baker Eddy. After his resurrection Jesus made sure that his disciples spiritually understood his place in Bible prophecy! Mary Baker Eddy’s written words have also made sure that her disciples spiritually understand her place in Bible prophecy, and they are capable of seeing this Truth if they are governed by Principle instead of ecclesiastical despotism (which governs via fear of excommunication).
            In chapter 11 John hears about the works of Christ while he is in prison. He sends two of his disciples to ask Jesus if he is “that should come, or do we look for another?”
            Jesus tells them, “Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see: The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whoseover shall not be offended in me.” Then he tells the multitudes that he is the one that God sent.  In verse 20 he upbraids “the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not”.
            Verse 25 – “At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”
            Verse 28 – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” For Jesus’ yoke is easy and his burden is light (verse 30).
            Next, in chapter 12, the disciples pluck corn on the sabbath. Jesus explains to the objecting thoughts of Adam man that David (David is God’s beloved son) ate the shewbread without permission. This shewbread is placed on the Table of Shewbread in the same pattern as the Quarterly Bible Lessons and as how Jesus sent out his twelve disciples to heal the world. “Jesus denounces ecclesiastical officialdom. Immediately he restores a withered hand [Matthew 12:10-13].”[2] If Christian Scientists were to bring up these same points to the Board of Directors today then perhaps the withered Manual (hand) would be restored? “He demonstrates to the temple (body [congregation]) that monopolistic Pharisaism cannot dry up the natural output of spiritual power. For the same reason, blindness and dumbness [Matthew 12:22] are healed.”[3] Is it possible then, that if Christian Scientists would obey the Church Manual [the hand] instead of a personal sensed Board of Directors they would no longer be blind to Boston’s erroneous behavior and they would speak up and expose this error? “Organized restrictions have never been imposed upon it [spiritual power]. Therefore it is free to be itself. Turning from sense evidence, he stretches forth his own two hands and identifies his disciples as his mother [Bride City] and his brethren [spiritual foundation Keystones].”[4] Later on when Jesus is nailed to the cross (belonging to material organization) these hands will be bound.
            They accuse Jesus of casting out devils via Beelzebub, the prince of the devils. But Jesus refutes this, “Every kingdom,” he says, “divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matthew 12:24-30)
            “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. O generation of vipers, how can ye, bring evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matthew 12:31-37)
            Then Jesus tells them that even though they may seek a sign, none but the one of the prophet Jonah (divine Science) shall be given to them. Jonas was in the whale’s belly for three days (Matthew 12:40 does use the word whale instead of fish). Jesus is supposed to be in his tomb for three days. This could be the sign, for the Son of man will be in the heart of the earth for three days and three nights. “The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” (Matthew 12:41-42)  Brown feels that the sign is Jesus being in the tomb for three days.  But is Brown correct?  Jonas was in the belly of a fish (because he was disobedient to God) while Jesus was in the tomb because he was to make a demonstrate over the belief in death via Christian Science manifested with his resurrection.  What if the sign has to do with the signature (the name) of Jonas, meaning dove – divine Science?  Perhaps both are correct, that it takes divine Science (signature of Jonas) in order for Jesus to resurrect?
            The chapter ends with Jesus stating that those who do the will of his Father which is in heaven, are his brother, sister, and mother.

            “A sequence of seven parables [beginning in chapter 13] illustrates the workings of the kingdom of heaven on earth.”[5]   These seven parables are set up like the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle, a.k.a., the Golden Candlestick Matrix.

Seven Parables of Matt            I will present these seven parables in the order as given in the Bible, however, keep in mind that the first and seventh parables coincide, likewise, the second and sixth coincide and the third and fifth coincide with each other, while the 4th is the main focal point of all seven parables.
            Parable 1, the tone of Mind, is about four different ways to sew seed. These four ways follow the divine infinite calculus. The sower of the seed is the Christ Mind. I believe that Jesus is speaking about the four periods of religion throughout the Bible and what comes after the New Testament.  And it is during the end time (the Seventh Day of Love) that these four religious periods are translated back to God.

First period – stretches from the time of Adam up to the time that Israel inters into Jerusalem.

The Word – some of the seed, the children of God = the Children of Israel, fall by the way side (they fail to comprehend the Word of God), they do not manage to follow the Christ-Mind because of the demands that the Letter of the Law has placed upon them, if this happens then the fowls (flock) of religion, because of the Letter of the Law, will come and devour the seed up.

Second period – when Israel is in Jerusalem and is governed by kings and the sixteen Christ-Mind prophets give the Word to the people as a matrix system.

The Christ – some of the seed, the children of God, fall upon stony places, the material organized temple claims to be built upon the Christ-rock-Truth, but this holy place has little earth (good soil) so when the seed springs up it is scorched by the sun (the Christ prophets) because they have shallow roots (the Spirit of the Law is not practiced). This type of thought withers away (is speechless and has no action to it).

Third period – covers the whole of the New Testament when Christianity is formed.

Jesus’ prophesy of Christianity – some of the seed, the children of God, fall among thorns (scholastic theology and dogma – man’s mortal opinions about God and man – religious type of thinking that is based in error) and these thorns (many materially organized churches) spring up among the spiritual seed. When this happens the thorns choke (strangle the movements of) Christianity’s good seeds.

Fourth period – begins with the second advent of Christ, when Mary Baker Eddy discovers Christian Science.

Jesus’ prophesy of Science – But when other seed, the children of God, fall into good ground (which is rooted in God’s Science) then the seed brings forth good fruit (spiritual demonstrations of Mind-healing), some will be successful an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, and some thirtyfold. During Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crowned mission many are successful an hundredfold, after they believe that she has left them the healing dwindles down to a successful sixtyfold, and then after the momentum has finally died off only thirtyfold shall be successful because they have lost their way (due to ecclesiastical despotism within its Mother Church), they have separated themselves from their forever Leader.

            Matthew 11:10-17 – “And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
            “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven [you understand the Holy City’s Matrix], but to them it is not given.
            “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
            “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
            “And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
            “For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes [spiritually interpreted – that they should see with Mind which they reflect], and hear with their ears [that they should hear with Spirit as they are its image], and should understand with their heart [that they should understand with Soul as they are its likeness], and should be converted [governed by Principle], and I [the Christ-Mind] should heal them [give them eternal Life].
            “But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
            “For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.” [My interpolations.]
            Next Jesus goes into more explanation as to what he means about these four periods of sowing.

The Word as the Word – When anyone of the seed hears the Word of the kingdom (Holy City matrix based upon the divine infinite calculus), and you do not spiritually understand it, then the wicked one (mortal mind) comes and catches away the Word sown in the heart. This is he that receives seed by the way side.

The Word as the Christ – Then he who receives the seed (comprehends the idea that man is the Son of God) in stony places (Christ Churches), he hears the Word, yet, if the Word is not comprehended anon (presently) with joy as he receives it (hears it), he lacks the root within himself (it does not take hold within his conscious thought so he immediately forgets the Word of God, he forgets that he is the Son of God) because when trouble or persecution comes (usually from ecclesiastical despotism), because of the Word that is the Christ-Truth, he sooner or later becomes offended (transgresses).

The Word as Christianity – He also that receives seed among the thorns (in the Christian Churches) is he that hears the Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becomes unfruitful. To use the understanding that one is the Son of God deceitfully in order to gain material wealth is not the true path that a Christian is to take. This love of money chokes the spiritual seed and he becomes unfruitful, unable to demonstrate Christ Science.

The Word as Science – But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.   The seed (the child of God) who has received the Word as Science has planted his Christ-seed in good ground (spiritual consciousness), and understands it (he understands that he is the Son of God) and this bears fruit (spiritual healing). But this fruitage begins to dwindle from an hundredfold, to some sixtyfold, to some thirtyfold because Christian Scientists turn away from their forever Leader. They are unable to comprehend that Mary Baker Eddy reflects divine Mind and that she is the daughter of Zion, God’s second witness of Bible prophecy.

            Parable 2, the tone of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven (the divine infinite calculus of the Bride City) is like a man [a woman] that sowed the good seed (children of God) in his field (in the world) but while the men slept (while mankind was asleep in the Adam dream of material existence) the enemy (the devil, the anti-Christ) came and sowed tares (children of the wicked one = mortal minded men) among the wheat (the children of God “The spiritual thoughts and representatives of Life, Truth, and Love.” [S&H 582:28] The representatives of Soul, not corporeal sense; the offspring of Spirit, who, having wrestled with error, sin, and sense, are governed by divine Science; some of the ideas of God beheld as men, casting out error and healing the sick; Christ’s offspring.” S&H 583:7). These tares are the lies that are told by the wicked one’s followers (children; “Sensual and mortal beliefs; counterfeits of creation, whose better originals are God’s thoughts, not in embryo, but in maturity; material suppositions of life, substance, and intelligence, opposed to the Science of being.” S&H 583:1). After the devil mingles the mortal minded amongst the spiritually minded he goes his way (follows the path of mortal mind).
            But when the blade (the blossom) sprung up and brought forth fruit (began to mature) the tares came up along side the blade. This is adultery (a mixture of matter and Spirit as one). Then Christ servants, of the Lord of the field (the spiritual world), asked where the tares came from? He [She], the Christ, recognizes the enemy and says that animal magnetism is behind the planting of the tares. They want to know if they should gather up the lies spewed forth by the red dragon’s seven heads of false leadership. “No, lest while you pull out the tares you pull up the wheat. Let them grow side by side until harvest [the end time] and during this time the reapers [God’s angels] will first gather the tares, bind them into bundles, and burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn [Christ’s house, or the Christ consciousness].”
            Parable 3, the tone of Soul, the kingdom of heaven (the Bride City) is like a grain of mustard seed, which is very small in size. This means that Jesus is spiritually identifying the type of womanhood that will come during the Sixth Day of Truth, and she is his Bride City. A man (who is Jesus Christ) took this seed (this is used as denoting singularity, so it is one child of God) and sowed it (her) in his field (spiritual world). This seed (woman) is the least (has the slightest amount of materiality within her consciousness) of his seeds but when grown it (she) is the greatest among herbs (is Christ’s greatest medicinal healer), and becomes a tree (one who is on Earth but is mentally connected to Heaven – the one Mind-God), so that the birds of the air (the Christ flock), come and lodge (live) in its (her) branches (Christ Science Branch Churches).
            Years ago I was watching a news program about Jesus. The man did not understand this parable at all. He was making a big deal about how a mustard seed does not produce a tree, that it produces a bush. But Jesus was not speaking along material terms, he was not speaking about a material mustard seed, he was speaking about the second coming of Christ, a tree with deep roots – the root of David.

THE FOCAL POINT OF THE SEVEN PARABLES

            Parable 4, the tone of Principle, the kingdom of heaven (the Bride City) is like the leaven, which a woman, who is Mary Baker Eddy, took and hid in three measures of meal (wheat – the Children of Israel), tell the whole was leavened (raised up). What are these three measures of meal (wheat)?  Spiritually speaking, the leaven is Principle as Life, Truth, and Love.  And this leaven of Life, Truth, and Love must raise up the three types of Christian Churches that exist today. These classifications are the Roman Catholic, the Protestant, and the Christ Scientist. Roman Catholicism fights God’s Life-Science, Protestants fight God’s Christ-Truth Theology, and Christian Scientists fight God’s Medicine Woman, the medicinal seed spoken about in parable 3.  If Christian Scientists fail to Love their Leader then how can the rest of the world accept Christian Science? for the revelator (the woman) and the revelation (Christian Science) are one.
            Jesus says that he speaks these parables so that the prophecy would be fulfilled about himself and that he would speak things “which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.” What has been kept secret? The truth about the woman.
            Now Jesus speaks only to his disciples, remember, we are still on the capstone. He reminds them of the second parable, giving them the key to its interpretation. This information seems to be privy to just the disciples, but it is really available for all mankind as it is in the Bible! But the twelve disciples are used symbolically because we are dealing with the Bride City and its matrix structure. Jesus does not give this privileged information to the multitude. Only to the twelve Stars (his brightest students) are selected for his twelve foundation Keystones. Judas Iscariot (Iscariot means dagger) represents the tone of the Christ as the Word. This is the tone where I have placed Dan, and Dan is animal magnetism, the serpent. This is the location where we see the Woman God-crowned Keystone. Dan is opposed to the woman. Yet, it is the woman God-crowned who steps upon the head (mental error) of the serpent (Dan) with her chapter “Animal Magnetism Unmasked.”  She is able to depersonalize (unmask) personal sense (animal magnetism).  It was not until 1910 that the title of the chapter changed from “Animal Magnetism” to “Animal Magnetism Unmasked.”
            Jesus decodes his second parable – He that sows good seed is the Son of man, the field is the world, the good seed are the children of the kingdom (the woman’s students), but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy is the devil; the harvest is the end of the material world (end time); and the reapers are the angels (God’s thoughts). As the tares are gathered to burn by the Holy Ghost so shall it be at the end time (this is the time when the woman God-crowned is revealed to the world).
            The Son of man (Jesus) shall send forth his angels (God’s thoughts), and they will gather out of his kingdom all things of offense, and those that do iniquity, and will cast these into the furnace of fire, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. The Baker woman’s three measures of meal will be baked; this is baptism by fire. Then will the righteous (right minded) shine forth as the sun (Christ Son) in the kingdom of God.  The following three parables for Life, Truth, and Love are the three measures of meal or the three loaves of bread.
            Parable 5, the tone of Life, the kingdom of heaven (Bride City) is like a treasure (silver and gold, which is the understanding that man is a human and divine coincidence, true Life) hid in a field (this truth is only found in the spiritual world). When a man finds this spiritual world he hides it in order to protect it and out of joy he goes to sell everything he has so that he can buy this field. This spiritual world (field) is Life (the one true treasure).
            Parable 6, the tone of Truth, the kingdom of heaven (the Bride City) is like a merchantman (a ship [a church] used in commerce [communion with God]; this ship would have to be Mary Baker Eddy’s Church) seeking God-like pearls. When he (she) finds the one pearl (the first Commandment) of great price, she goes to sell all she has in order to buy it. This first Commandment tells us, “Thou shalt have no other Mind before me.” The Truth makes it clear that this me is really Me – divine Mind.
            Parable 7, the tone of Love, the kingdom of heaven (the Bride City) is like a woven net (a matrix system) cast into the sea (Mary consciousness), and gathered of every kind of fish (Christian). When it was full, they drew to shore, sat down, and gathered the good (Christ fish) into vessels, but cast the bad (anti-Christ fish) away.
            So shall it be in the end time of the Seventh Day of Love. The angels will come forward and sever the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
            Then Jesus said unto his disciples, “Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven [schooled in the divine infinite calculus] is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.”

            To continue on with W. Gordon Brown’s book: “Coincidentally, John the Baptist [Matthew 14], who has passed moral judgment on the sensualism of Herod, loses his head. When a body is severed from its head, both head and body die. But the head which is Christ cannot be cut from its body (generic man) and so both remain alive.”[6]
            In chapter 14, John is beheaded on Herod’s birthday. Herod meaning hero; his wife’s name is Herodias, probably means heroine. It could be that they were following Roman custom where the wife takes a feminine form of her husband’s own name. But I think that their names are similar because they both share the same type of thoughts. When we are born into matter we all seem to loose our head (our connection with divine Mind), but this is pure illusion. Lust (sexual appetite which is behind mortal birth) is also behind John’s death because the king promises his wife’s daughter any gift if she will dance for him. She requires John’s head.
            Next comes the feeding of the multitude (the Christ mass or body) with five loaves of bread, a symbol for divine Life, and two small fishes, a symbol of Pieces. What is the Age of Pieces really spiritually representing? It represents the two comings of Christ as Christ Jesus and as Mary Baker Eddy with Christian Science (Christianity and Science united as one).

First Edition

First Edition

            The Age of Pieces took place during Jesus’ lifetime and ended in 1882. Mary Baker Eddy’s mission as the angel of Revelation 10 began during the Age of Pieces and her God-crowned mission began in the Age of Aquarius (which I feel began in 1882 when Venus traversed the sun for its second time [1882 is actually the year calculated, by some, as the appointed time for the second coming of Christ]). The two spiritual identities of the masculine representative of Christ and the feminine representative of Christ as one Christ, not two, are united in “Marriage.” Life (the five) is omnipresent “and unexpendable when found to be Spirit (the two [Christ representatives as One]), and not absorbed in matter. In this case, matter is not matter but symbol, and symbol is reproduced by the idea that is symbolized so long as the symbol is required. This reverses the limiting evidence of the five physical senses, and the five thousand are fed [they have an attached Christ-head-Shepherd]. ‘Be not afraid of discordant sense testimony, all men have one I,’ implies the master of divine metaphysics to be storm-tossed disciples when he descends from the mountaintop [the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth] and walks to them over the troubled sea [hidden, subconscious error].”[7]
            It is in verse 25 where Jesus walks on the water (the sea). The waters are tossed with waves and in the fourth watch Jesus goes to them. They think he is a spirit (ghost) and are afraid. But Jesus tells them (v. 27) “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” Peter says, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water (v.28).” And says, “Come” and Peter comes down out of the ship and walks on the water to go to Jesus but when he notices the boisterous wind he becomes afraid and begins to sink, he cries, “Lord, save me” (vs. 29, 30). Immediately, Jesus stretches forth his hand (remember the man with the withered hand?) and catches Peter and says, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:31)
            They go to the land of Gennesaret where Jesus heals many, and where many are made whole (complete). Gennesaret means “garden of the prince; prince’s garden; valley of riches.” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary) What this place symbolizes is Life (garden) and Principle (of the prince).  It would seem that the prince of darkness (the “many” minds) has possessed this land but the Prince of Peace arrives and casts out the prince of error.
            Chapter 15 begins with scribes and Pharisees going to Jesus and asking him about their disciples not washing their hands before eating, specifically bread (symbol for Life, Truth, and Love). Jesus explains that it is not what goes into a man’s mouth that defiles him, but the type of language, words, that come out of his mouth. We need to consciously watch the thoughts we speak out loud and within our own consciousness to ourselves, if we speak material thoughts we are malpracticing (committing blasphemy; breaking God’s Law) upon ourselves and on others.  We must say or think words that would kill ourselves and others, or speak lies about ourselves and others, or manifest hate through our words about ourselves and others.  This is “Jesus’ rebuke to the hypocritical Pharisaism. But this does not apply to the woman from Syrophenicia.”[8]
            Jesus says, (verse 3, 4) “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.”
            Matthew 15:21 – Jesus goes to the coasts of Tyre and Sidon and meets a woman of Canaan. Tyre “compressed; pressed together; strength; rock refuge; shelter; stone; pebble; stone knife; cutting; carving; forming; fashioning.” Sidon “lire in wait, catching of fish, hunting, trapper, beast of prey, fishery.” Canaan “realized nothingness; material existence; traffic in materiality; a merchant; a pirate; low; inferior; lowland.” Syrophoenician “Syrian Phoenicia; heights of Phoenicia; high palms; rising up of the phoenix; high redness; high purple.”[9]
            “The Syrophoenician woman signifies the intuitive perception of Truth reflected into the intellect from within the soul. Her daughter symbolizes affection, which had an ‘unclean spirit.’ This ‘demon’ was evidently love centered on the outer things of the ‘mind of the flesh’—mixed thoughts, family selfishness, fear, and the like. These are what we find in persons of Gentile consciousness, and in the regeneration they must be eliminated. Thus are victory and health realized through renewed vitality and power (high palms, high redness, high purple)” (The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). Although, I do not agree with the first sentence, I find the interpretation interesting.
            This account is interesting, because at first Jesus ignores the woman.  Her daughter had a need so why would Jesus ignore her?  He gives us the answer in his words, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Matthew 15:24).  The woman was not an Israelite.  Jesus was not sent to the whole world, only to Abraham’s seed.  So we must ask why Jesus heals the daughter?  Brown says on this topic: “Because she sees in Jesus the Christ of all mankind, she is eager to eat the crumbs of truth that fall from Truth’s table [a matrix table?]. As a result, her daughter is healed. Afterwards, Jesus feeds a multitude, four thousand strong, with seven loaves and a few fishes, and they gather up seven baskets of crumbs. Multiplication of the symbol through reflection of true substance does not waste or deplete this substance one iota.”[10] The number four symbolizes Principle and the number seven symbolizes Love.
            But before the feeding the four thousand (symbol of Principle) Jesus heals the lame, blind, dumb, and maimed.
            In chapter 16, once again Jesus mentions the “sign from heaven” as being “the sign of the prophet Jonas.” He warns the disciples of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees (which is not divine Science). He asks them if they do not understand or remember the feeding of the five thousand or the four thousand, and how much bread was collected? He made it clear that he had not been speaking of actual bread but of the doctrine taught by the Pharisees and the Sadducees. Their doctrines are not of Life, Truth, or Love.
            The tone is the Word as Christianity, so it makes since that Jesus would refer to his “church” which is the Christ-body, universal man. “The rock on which it is built upon is Peter’s understanding that the Son of (generic) man is the Son of the living God. All men everywhere are one in Christ. This realization implies spiritual not material birth-giving, and the need to surrender the mortal sense of life. Yet Peter [actually, Simon] resists the thought of the impending crucifixion, and Jesus rebukes him [religious thought] severely, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan, thou art an offence unto me,’ he says. The understanding of what Life is must be seen to demonstrate the nothingness of death.”[11]
            It is because of this that Jesus must show his disciples that “organization and time [the opposite of the church, his body] have nothing to do with Life” (S&H 249:19; [my interpolation]).  So Peter, John, and James (three of the foundation Keystones (Andrew, the Word as the Christ, does not ascend with them) join Jesus and ascend the mountain of transfiguration. Before Jesus can prove the nothingness of death he must first bear witness to the allness of Life. Moses and Elias are with Jesus on the mountain. Elias represents Christian Science (S&H 585:10). Jesus displays the radiant truth that past (Moses, who gave the Israelites the Letter of the Law) present (Jesus who blends together the Letter of the Law – the Ark Covenant with the Spirit of the Law – the Arch Covenant) and future (Elias brings to fulfillment the Spirit of the Law) are all one now. It is Simon (Peter) that misunderstands what is taking place on the mountain’s capstone of Truth. Religion wants to build three separate tabernacles (a house of worship) for Moses, Jesus, and Elias. Brown explains that what is really taking place is nowness – “with the spiritual unity of past, present, and future which is truly the Father’s ‘beloved Son.’”[12]
            The three disciples, after descending from the mountain, ask Jesus, “Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?”
            Jesus tells them, “Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.”
            They then understood that Jesus was speaking to them about John the Baptist. (Verses 9-13)
            At the base of the mountain Jesus heals a father’s lunatic son. “Jesus stills the convulsions which his understanding of Life (Father) brings to the mortal sense of creation.”[13]

            In Matthew 17:22, 23 Jesus is in Galilee (the circle, wheel) and he speaks about being betrayed, and how on “the third day he shall be raised again.”
            “And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yea. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” (Verses 24-27) Supply does not come from man but from God.
            In The Drama of the Lost Disciples the author, George F. Jowett, explains that Jesus, before his mission began, had gone away from Capernaum to live in Britain, and those in Capernaum asking for the “stranger tax” did not recognize Jesus as being a local. That Jesus was seen as a stranger. If this is true it is interesting, because the Britain people referred to themselves as strangers to the island because they were Israelites. “At the time of our story, the islanders were known racially as Kelts, derived from their historical racial name Kimmerian-Kimmerii-Kkymry-Keltoi-Kelt. The letter ‘C’ began to substitute the letter ‘K’ in spelling the name, but the pronunciation is the same. Even in those remote times the name Kelt took on a different enunciation and spelling, arising out of native patois. Then, as today, we find the descendants of this ancient people in England and Wales referred to as Celts, the inhabitants of Hibernai – Ireland – as Kelts, Gaels, in Scotland that the people of Gaul, now France, as Gauls – Gallic. Ethnically they are all the same people. The meaning of the word in each case is ‘stranger’, indicating that a Celt, Kelt, Gael, or a Gaul was a stranger to the land in which they dwelt, not an aborigine as some would have us suppose. It is important to note, though they were strangers to the land, they were its first settlers, securing their new homeland in peace, and not with the sword, since there were no people to conquer.” (The Drama of the Lost Disciples; by George F. Jowett, p. 41) The name Welch (Welsh) also means “stranger.” When Jesus’ great uncle Joseph of Arimathea and his band from Bethany (which also included the Virgin Mary) went to Tin Island, after Jesus’ ascension, the locals referred to them as ‘Culdee’ or ‘Culdich’ meaning “certain strangers, servants of the Lords.” (Ibid, page 38)  These “strangers” were all Israelite (the lost tribes), they literally were “lost sheep of the hour of Israel.”  Many Jews rejected “The Way” of Jesus while the “strangers” accepted “The Way” of Jesus.
            In chapter 18 Jesus “points to the childlike qualities of innocence, spontaneity, etc., as qualities of the kingdom of heaven. [There are other topics he also discusses.] This leads to a dispute with the Pharisees on the question of marriage.”[14] They will hate his answer to them, as he points out, they should be like a eunuch for the sake of the kingdom of heaven; which means they should not indulge in sexual activity. Jesus says, “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” What he has just declared regards the manhood and womanhood of God, from whose wedlock springs eternal life. The Pharisees do not understand him at all because they ask, “Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?”
            Jesus tells them, “because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning [Genesis 1] it was not so.” (Matthew 19:7, 8)
            “The idea of Life (individuality) in relation to Truth (the corporate whole) is outstanding in this third section of Matthew’s text.”[15]

The Word as Science
Life, Truth, Love
            The moon shines reflected light (the human reflects light only) from (God = the divine) the sun upon the fourth foundation Keystone (John) which depicts the Holy City, the Mother City with its Golden Shore of Love (where the good fish are separated from the bad fish) and Peaceful Sea of harmony when “Christian Science versus [reverses] Spiritualism” (Christian Science reverses the belief that man is held captive in matter body, the result is that Christian Science leads man to Love and harmony which is heaven, “I return unto the Father, via Christian Science.”)
           “In Chapter IV, ‘Christian Science vs. Spiritualism,’ the textbook shows us what is real and what is unreal. It declares Spirit to be real, the only; and shows that the mortal, the material, the human, are not factors in the Science of Spirit. This is the Word reflecting Science.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, pages 567 and 568)

The Moon and its Golden Shore of Love

            Here (Matthew 19:16-22) is where those who are totally Christ-like must surrender the mortal sense of life. The rich young man [who should profess to be a Christian Scientist] “is bidden to leave his sense of personal possessiveness and to be identified instead with true Christian values.”[16] All the workers of the Field in God’s Concord Grape Vineyard (the following Keystone presenting the tone of the Christ as Science) receive, in the end, the same reward – everlasting life.
            Matthew 19:29 – And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”
            Matthew 20:1-16 – “For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us.” So he has those men go and work for him also. Then he had the workers gather to be paid their penny, but some men murmured against the goodman of the house because they worked more that other men did. He points out that he does them no harm because they agreed to work for what he paid them. Jesus points out, “Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
           Then the wife of Zebedee (the father of James [the Word as Christianity] and John [the Word as Science]) is rebuked for her selfish ambitions regarding her two sons. She does not mentally see that they already are one with Christ. But because Jesus sees this fact two men are healed of blindness (Matthew 20:30-34). In verse 23 Jesus says to the two brothers, “Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.”
           “Jesus enters in triumph into Jerusalem [the city of peace]. He cleanses the temple (body) of its self-centred corruption and commercialism. Through the symbol of the barren fig tree, he curses the fruitlessness of materialism. The parable of the wicked and ambitious husbandmen shows how the builders of an organic way of life reject the thought of a calculus of ideas, in which man possesses nothing of his own but reflects spiritually what belongs to God.”[17] People who read the Bible do not really understand it, or comprehend what it is presenting to them, are barren fig trees. If they were to understand the calculus of ideas, would they accept it or reject it?
            Jesus presents parables in chapter 21. “A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir; and went not. Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They (the chief priests and scribes) say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.” Then Jesus gives another parable about the wicked husbandmen (farmers) who are in charge of a householder’s vineyard. And the householder (the single husbandman) goes to another country and sends back servants to receive the fruits of it, but they would kill the servants (messengers of God) and then the husbandman sends his own son (Christ) and they kill him. So when the householder finally comes he will kill the wicked husbandmen. “Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder [dust, nothingness].” [My interpolation.]  After the Jews reject Jesus as their Christ Leader (the head stone) the kingdom of God (the Bride City) is taken away from them and given to the ten lost tribes of Israel (who are in Britain, France, and eventually the the United States of America).
            Chapter 22 has another parable. The first is about the king’s son getting married and there being a feast, but those who were invited would not come. One man who came was not appropriately mentally dressed. So he was cast out into darkness. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (Verses 2-14)
            Then the Pharisees’ disciples and the Herodians go out to try and trick Jesus. “Is it lawful,” they ask, “to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?”
            They show him a coin as he requests them to do. He asks, “Whose is this image and superscription?” They say it is Caesar’s. He tells them, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
            Then come the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection. “Master,” they say, “Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.” They continue to explain that there are seven brothers and each one dies and so finally does the woman. “Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.”
            “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Jesus tells them. “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” The material minded are the dead and the spiritually minded are the living.
            Then a lawyer asks him, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
            “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Notice Jesus said, “all the law”. How often do the dead break both of these commandments?
            The chapter finishes up with a gathering of the Pharisees. Jesus asks them, “What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?”
            The Son of David.”
            “How then,” he asks, “doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord [This Lord is in small caps; this Lord is God] said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son [how is the Lord David’s son]?” And they were not able to answer him. [My interpolations.]
            Matthew 23:2 is of importance, as he says, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat” this means that they claim to be Moses’ successor as they sit in his high seat of power (governorship). Jesus goes on to speak about their hypocrisy. Verse 8, 9 – “But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.”  Do today’s Roman Catholics follow this command given by Jesus?
            Jesus, in chapter 24, presents a prophecy after his denunciation of the Pharisees and Sadducees. He speaks about false prophets. “For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many (verse 5).” The prophecy is about Mary Baker Eddy and a “world upheaval”[18] during the woman’s God-crowned mission, the second advent of Christ. “He bids the world watch against the ‘abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet.’”[19] This means that Daniel also prophesied the coming of Christian Science. Jesus tells them, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only (verse 36).” He explains that this endtime is like the days of Noah (verses 37-39) – “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” With Noah the flood of water represented baptism by water while the second coming represents baptism by fire (via the Holy Ghost which is divine Science).
            Jesus speaks about the ten virgins (chapter 25). “As the midnight hour approaches [when the bridegroom comes], he says, men must be like the five wise virgins in his parable, and be ready for the bridegroom’s coming.”[20] I feel that Jesus was speaking about the vestal virgin that was expected, as it was her duty, to keep lamps lit for the goddess (the Bride). There is more to this parable than most people want to admit. We must ask ourselves why the story neglects to tell us about the bridegroom’s bride! Did men in control of the Bible delete details about the bride because they did not want people to read about her? Did Jesus purposely leave out details about the bride, because he wanted us to think more about the parable and ask ourselves, “Well, who is this bride?” Or was this bride the Bride City matrix? Mary Baker Eddy tells us about this bride, and the bridegroom, in her “Glossary.”

            Bride. Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer.” (S&H 582:14)

            Bridegroom. Spiritual understanding [the Third Degree]; the pure consciousness that God, the divine Principle, creates man as His own spiritual idea, and that God is the only creative power [Mind].” (S&H 582:17 [My interpolations.])

            I find it interesting that the five unwise virgins are self-centered and they turn to commercialism to get the oil for their lamps. They are barren fig trees, for they lack –

            Oil. Consecration; charity; gentleness; prayer; heavenly inspiration.” (S&H 592:25) Are not the five definitions that Mary Baker Eddy gave to oil the five wise virgins?

            What is the purpose of the hour of midnight? Well, it brings back to mind the all-important number 12 and the matrix structure of the Bride City. The two Keystones that are next to this midnight hour in Window of the Open Book depict the bride (Mary Baker Eddy) – the woman God-crowned, and the Lord (the Bridegroom) and Lamb (the spiritual idea).

Marriage

            Beginning with verse 14 Jesus speaks about a man who is going to travel into a far country and he gives his servants talents (five, two, one, “to every man according to his several ability” then he goes on his journey. They do well with their talents, except the one servant who hides his one talent does nothing with it. Verse 27 – “Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my [second] coming I should have received mine own with usury.” So they take his one talent and give it to the one who now has ten (originally the one who had five, he becomes ruler over many things). This wicked servant is cast into “outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (verse 30). The phrase “weeping and gnashing of teeth” is used a lot in these few chapters.
            To finish up the chapter Jesus explains how we are to treat others with Love.
            Chapter 26 has Jesus in Bethany. We find out in other Gospels that this is the town where Lazarus, Mary, and Martha live.  So it is possible that the woman in the following account is Mary of Bethany.  St. Matthew tells us that Jesus is at the house of Simon (who is a leper). Negatively Simon represents ecclesiastical despotism, the opposite of spiritual understanding.  A woman appears with an alabaster box to anoint Jesus with. Matthew does not tell us who she is but John identifies her as being Mary, Lazarus’ sister. In this account she pours the ointment on Jesus’ head, as he sat at meat, but in John she pours it on Jesus’ feet. The head symbolizes Mind while the feet symbolize spiritual understanding. It is also interesting that in this account it is Jesus’ own male disciples who object to the woman’s “good work.” They say that the ointment could have been sold for much and then given to the poor. He tells them that they will always have the poor with them but they will not always have him with them. “For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body [for she is a wise virgin], she did it for my burial [not my marriage] (verse 12).” At first it was Jesus’ head, and now it is his body being anointed. Here in Bethany is where the head, the Christ (Shepherd), is anointed as King by the woman (the Bride), and after this is done then the Christ body (Christ followers) are blessed and anointed by the Bride’s spiritual understanding.  Some probably think the part about the body could mean that Mary will anoint his body after he is removed from the cross, however, I do not think she even touched Jesus body after he was taken down from the cross (it was his great uncle that took his body to the virgin tomb). Jesus explains that what this woman has done will be written about as a “memorial of her (verse 13).” I put it to you, is not the Bride also the five wise virgins (the five definitions of oil as one)?
            I think that Simon the leper is Judas’ father (the devil). Simon is Judas’s mortal mind. What is the Simon/Judas/mortal minded indignation that objects to the woman’s actions? The disciple’s indignation is toward the fact that Jesus is being anointed as the Christ King. And this idea is enough to motivate Judas into turning against the Master.
            Verse 14 has Judas Iscariot (the dagger), who is one of the twelve disciples, leaving to go to the chief priests. In the following verse the priests make a deal with Judas by giving him thirty pieces of silver, in return Judas is to deliver Jesus unto them.
            Verse 17 – “Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him, where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?”
            He says (v.18), “Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.”
            Now the evening has come when he sits down with the twelve for the Passover meal, “‘eaten on the night before the crucifixion, closes forever “Jesus” ritualism or concessions to matter’ (S&H 33:1). The period of ‘suffer it to be so now,’ which began at his baptism, is over. Organic life is fully repented of and is in process of dissolution. ‘Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness,’ he had said to John the Baptist. As crucifixion leads to resurrection all righteousness is fulfilled. Jesus has suffered [permitted] mortality to be progressively nothing all the way up to this movement of grace.”[21] Jesus, being God’s only begotten Son, would be God’s firstborn son. This Passover would kill God’s firstborn son, as Pharaoh’s firstborn son had also died. But Pharaoh’s son did not resurrect.
            In St. Matthew Jesus does give the disciples bread that he blessed and broke, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And taking a cup of wine he says, “Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (Verses 25-29)
            They sing a hymn and then go to the mount of Olives. He tells them what is about to take place, how they will be scattered. But when he rises he will go before them into Galilee. It is at this point, St. Matthew tells us, when Peter says that he will never offend Jesus. But Jesus tells him, “…this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.” But he does not accept that he would do this.
            They go to Gethsemane and he has most of them sit there while he goes off to pray taking Peter and the two sons of Zebedee. So he has them tarry at a spot and he moves off by himself. “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” When he returns to the disciples they are asleep. “Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He goes off again and returns. Again they are asleep. He leaves them, and goes off to pray for the third time saying the similar words he said before, “O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.” He returns to the disciples and says, “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. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.”
            “Jeremiah told Judah not to resist going forward into Babylon. Jesus prays in Gethsemane: ‘O my Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.’ Jesus confronts death (Babylon) knowing that if he does this spiritually and scientifically he will find that all is Life.”[22]
            Judas comes saying, “Hail, master” and he kisses him. Then the men from the chief priests and elders came and took Jesus. Here, it does not say who it is, one of the disciples draws a sword and cuts the ear off of the high priest’s servant.
            Jesus responds with, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?” (Verses 47-54)
            They take him to Caiaphas, the high priest. Peter follows at a distance, to the high priest’s palace. He sits with the servants to see what will happen. The trial commences. They say that Jesus is guilty of death. I think that this is a weird way of saying that he is guilty of breaking their law so he must die. If anything, Jesus is guilty of Life, in other words, Jesus expresses more Life than all mortal men put together! They spit in his face, and buffet him.
            After this Peter denies the Christ three times and the cock crew.
            In the morning, in chapter 27, they take Jesus to Pontius Pilate the Roman governor. Judas repents and throws down the silver for the chief priests and elders (they will use the money to purchase the potter’s field to bury strangers in – today called the field of blood).  Judas goes and hangs himself.
            Jesus is somewhat questioned by Pilate. St. Matthew has something about Pilate’s wife, which I think is interesting. Verse 19 – “When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.” Pilate heard his own Womanhood speak the Truth about Jesus but like all men of Adam (mortal mind) he was unwilling to heed her submission.
            Pilate gives the Jews a choice of Barabbas or Jesus. They choose Barabbas, who represents false fatherhood (that of mortal men). The Jews tell Pilate to crucify Jesus.
            Pilate takes water and “washes his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” This is the only Gospel that has Pilot washing his hands of Jesus’ blood. It is a symbolic action where he is making it clear to the Jews that he has nothing to do with Jesus’ death, his blood is on their hands (their doing not his).
            And they agree with him, for they say, “His blood be on us, and on our children.” (Verses 24 and 25)
            Barabbas is released and Jesus is scourged. The soldiers also strip him and place a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on him. They place a reed in his right hand and they bow and mock him saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
            Finally the walk to Golgotha begins. “And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene [“wall; coldness” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)], Simon [ecclesiastical despotism] by name: him they compelled to bear his cross (verse 32).”
            “They gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots (verses 34 and 35).” Jesus did not bow down to another god, he did not take medicine to ease his physical discomfort. It is worth mentioning that St. Matthew does not tell us what John does about Jesus’ garments. His garments, St. John tells us, was split up into four groups. St. John tells us this because he is concerned with bringing out the divine infinite calculus of the four living creatures, while St. Matthew is concerned with the Word tones, for St. Matthew quotes prophecy (the Word).
            Now the people mock him, as they expect him, if he really is who he claims to be, to be able to come down from the cross, in St. Matthew (different from other Gospels) we read in verse 44: “The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth.”
             During the sixth hour there is “darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, la’ma sabach’thani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Some think he is calling out to Elias. Next someone gave him the vinegar to drink, but it does not say that Jesus drank it. “The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.” (Verses 45-49)
            Jesus cries and gives up the ghost (personal sense belief). And the veil of the temple is rent in two from the top to the bottom, and the earth quaked and the rocks rent. Graves were open and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and they came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. “Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, truly this was the Son of God. And many women went there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him; Among with was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children. When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.” So Joseph wraps Jesus’ body in clean linen cloth. Joseph laid the body in his own (Joseph’s) new tomb, “which he had hewn out of the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre.” (Verses 50-61)
            Joseph of Arimathaea was not only one of Jesus’ disciples he was also his great uncle (Mary’s father’s younger brother). Joseph was also a senator for Rome and a merchant of tin and lead. He traveled by ship to Tin Island (Britain) to bring back tin and lead. Britain, the land of the covenant people, was home to lost Israel. As I mentioned before, sometime during the years before Jesus’s mission began he went to Britain with his uncle.  The tomb that Jesus was placed was never used by Joseph as he was buried in England.
            In the rest of the chapter St. Matthew tells about the following day. Pilate is asked to place a guard at Jesus’ tomb because the priests are afraid that the disciples will come by night, steal the dead body, and claim that Jesus resurrected. Pilate says, “Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.”
            “So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.”
            St. Matthew begins chapter 28 with: “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.” The “first day” designates the tone of Mind. Verses 2-8 are also interesting as there is a great earthquake, “for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow; And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.”
            The two Marys go to give word but before they get there they see Jesus, “All hail.” They hold him by the feet (spiritual understanding), and worshipped him. “Be not afraid; go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.”
            “The textbook says that he ‘bore our sins in his body,’ that the ‘real cross, which [he] bore up the hill of grief, was the world’s hatred of Truth and Love’ (S&H 53:25, 50:30). His cross is the heavy body of world sin – hatred of mankind’s true body as the structure of Truth and Love. Yet the matrix calculus of Truth and Love, the true Mother-Son relationship, rolls the stone ‘from the cave’s mouth,’ and Jesus steps forth from the tomb. Spiritual obstetrics dissolves material obstetrics – that is, it dissolves belief in the sinning, dying concept of man.
            “At the resurrection, the material sense of body, absolved from birth and death, is temporarily rebuilt.”[23] The equivalent of this Fifth Day of Life experience takes place during the Fourth Day of Principle when after being released from Babylon the rebuilding of Judah’s Jerusalem takes place.
            In verses 11-15 Matthew speaks about the watch going to the chief priests to tell them “all the things that were done.” These soldiers were given “large money” and told that if they were to speak of it they were to say, “His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.”  The guards at the tomb were not Roman soldiers.
            In verse 16 “the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.” Jesus tells them to “teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Verses 19, 20)
            In St. Matthew there is no ascension mentioned.  But W. Gordon explains why this is, “‘Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,’ is, according to Matthew, Jesus’ final assurance to his joyful disciples. These words contradict the testimony of the senses that Jesus has left them for a far-off heavenly realm [the eyes tell the disciples Jesus ascended to heaven]. The world’s belief in a matter universe has been finally eliminated from the consciousness of Jesus. Nothing else has disappeared.
            “Note the impulsion of Life, Truth, and Love underlying this final section of Matthew’s text, as that which is with us – is us, always.”[24]

 

To be continued to St. Mark – the Christ – Part 2A….

[1] Ibid

[2] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[3] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[4] Ibid; [My interpolations.]

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid; [my interpolations]

[7] Ibid; [my interpolations]

[8] Ibid; pages 283 and 284

[9] All definitions are from the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary

[10] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 284; [My interpolation.]

[11] Ibid; [My interpolation.]

[12] Ibid

[13] Ibid

[14] Ibid; [My interpolation.]

[15] Ibid

[16] Ibid

[17] Ibid, p. 285; [My interpolation.]

[18] Ibid

[19] Ibid

[20] Ibid; [My interpolation.]

[21] Ibid; [My interpolation.]

[22] Ibid

[23] Ibid

[24] Ibid; [My interpolation.]

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