THE FOUR GOSPELS – Part 2b

by MJSmith

THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX (Part 2b)

Continued from St. Mark – Part 2a

Christ as Christianity (continued)
            In chapter 11 Jesus enters Jerusalem, the city of peace, unto Bethphage (“house of figs; house of unripe figs” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]) and Bethany (house of figs; …place of crossings; place where crossings are made; place of fords” [Metaphysical Bible Dictionary]}, at the mount of Olives.
            “Jesus enters Jerusalem. ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord,’ the people shout. But, from the spiritual point of view, their thought is as fruitless and sterile as a barren fig tree.   It is like the commercialism that pollutes the temple. The real house of God, ‘called of all nations the house of prayer,’ is the Christly body of mankind. The temple must therefore be cleansed of its material greed and corruption. So Jesus rides into Jerusalem upon a colt and then cleans out the Temple of the moneychangers. First the Christ is recognized to fulfill Bible prophecy and then the Christ drives out the materially minded from the Christian body.”[1]
            Jesus first cursed the fig tree and the following morning they passed by the same fig tree “dried up from the roots.” Peter brought the tree to the remembrance of the Master. Jesus replied, “Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them. And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any; that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” (Mark 11:20-25)

            The chief priests, scribes, and the elders confront Jesus. They want to know who gave them the authority to do the things he does. He will tell them if they can answer his question about John the Baptist. They respond with, “We cannot tell.” Jesus says, “Neither do I tell you by what authority I do these things.” But, in a way, Jesus does explain who he is to them in the parable about the wicked husbandmen. Jesus is the son of the man who planted the vineyard. He says of this son, “And they took him [me], and killed him [me], and cast him [me] out of the vineyard [Temple]. What shall therefore the lord [Father-God] of the vineyard do? he will come and destroy the husbandmen [the chief priests, scribes and the elders], and will give the vineyard [Temple, Church] unto others [these “others” are the Israelites living in Britain (which basically means – the land of people of the Covenant)]. And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner.” (Mark 12:8-10 [My interpolations.]) At first the vineyard grows in Britain, but eventually it is extended (Joseph – “extension”) to the United States of America. Ephraim is Britain while Manasseh is the United States, both being the sons of Joseph.
            After this “they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians [Jewish people who preferred the Romans (or perhaps, it was more like they feared the Romans?)], to catch him in his words.” (Mark 12:13) They ask Jesus if it is “lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” He asks them why they tempt him, and he asks for them to bring him a penny. “Whose is this image and superscription?”
            They say, “Caesar’s.”
            “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
            Then Sadducees come. St. Mark writes that the Sadducees say there is no resurrection so their following question seem to be a little bit hypocritical. They ask him about a widow and the Law of Moses, if she is childless she may become the wife of her husband’s brother. They explain, “Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed. And the second took her, and died, neither left he any seed: and the third likewise. And the seven had her, and left no seed: last of all the woman died also. In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife.”
            Jesus says, “Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven. And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how in the bush God spake unto him, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: ye therefore do greatly err.”
            And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty; but by My name Jehovah was I not known to them. — Exodus.” (S&H 501 – first heading for the chapter of “Genesis”)
            Is Jesus telling these men that Jehovah is the God of the dead? Of course he is! So why is Jehovah the God of the dead? It is because Jehovah created a material man out of material elements. The God of the living is God Almighty (Elohim) who made man and woman in His image and likeness. This man and woman, or image and likeness, is Principle’s (God’s) idea.
            Then a scribe asks him which is the greatest commandment of all?
            “The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” The scribe agreed with him. Jesus tells him, “Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.” And after this nobody dared ask him any more questions.
            Jesus asks a question (verse 35-36), “How say the scribes that Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord [this Lord is in small caps] said to my Lord [this Lord is not in small caps], Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son?” The Lord in small caps is not the same Lord that is not in small caps. I think that the Lord in small caps is God while the other Lord is David’s own Christ-Mind. Then Jesus warns the people about the scribes. Finally, he sits by the treasury. Many who are rich donated a lot of money; then a certain poor widow came and donated two mites. He calls his disciples unto him and says, “Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasure. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” It is quite possible that St. Mark is giving us a prophecy of the second coming of Christ. That this poor widow turns out to be Mary Baker Eddy.
            I feel that the end of chapter 12, about the widow woman (Mary Baker Eddy) slides us into St. Mark 13 where he continues the message about the second coming of Christ.
            The disciples ask him if he sees “what manner of stones and what buildings are here!” Jesus tells them that these great buildings will be destroyed. Four of the disciples (Peter, James, John, and Andrew) want to know what will be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? “Take heed, lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: For such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.
            “But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations.” This means that the second coming takes place way after his “present” disciples are no more in human form on earth, because Jesus says all nations, not just some nations. So Jesus is speaking to his future disciples of The Way. “But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death [This happened during WWII when the Nazi children turned in their parents.]. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
            “But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains: And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house: And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment. But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!” This means that it is time to stop having children via sex! “And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not: For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect. But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
            “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation [I think he means sexual intercourse here] shall not pass [end], till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.
            “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is: For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning. Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.”
            Brown finishes up this tone with, “Through the parable of the wicked husbandmen, and their treatment of their master’s heir, Jesus shows how the builders of a selfish way of life reject an impartial, equitable calculus of relationships. The thought which accepts and loves this headstone of the corner is typified by the woman, widowed from reliance on substance-matter, who, ‘of her want,’ throws her two mites into the treasury. Here is the state of thought that keeps the two great commandments, she loves God supremely by loving her neighbour as herself. She is one who will wisely watch [be a Sentinel] and pray for the Christ’s second coming as revealed in Christian Science.”[2] I think that W. Gordon Brown is afraid to come right out and admit to us that this woman is Mary Baker Eddy.  And I think his last sentence is incorrect, it should read, “Mary Baker Eddy is one who wisely watches, for she is a Sentinel, and she is the second coming the revelator of Christian Science, the revelation.”  Who else does this description describe? Only Mary Baker Eddy! At the head corner of The First Church of Christ Scientist who is it that we see? It is the woman Mary Baker Eddy. Hence, the danger of rejecting our beloved Leader because those who run the physical organized body (church) tell us to do so is deification of personal sense!
            I want to tell you that the tone of Christ as Christianity is almost the same as the title that Mary Baker Eddy used for her illustrated poem – Christ and Christmas. If we use the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth structure for her poem you have the following:

St. Mark B            The sixth illustration of Christ and Christmas depicts Mary Baker Eddy, this illustration is the headstone Illustration – CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING.  It also correlates with the headstone Window in Mother’s Room on the Pyramid Matrix of Truth.

C&C-C.S. Heal (B)Bay Window B

Christ as Science – Soul, Spirit, Mind

            The fourth minor Stargate shines its light upon the Concord Grapevine Keystone. This Concord Grapevine, of course, is symbolic of Mary Baker Eddy’s gift to the Cause – the Concord BRANCH Church in New Hampshire. This particular BRANCH represents the city foursquare and correlates with the eighth chapter “Footsteps of Truth” – I feel that Mary Baker Eddy’s footsteps of Truth led her up the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth.
            “In Chapter VIII, ‘Footsteps of Truth,’ the textbook shows that the translation of the mortal takes place in consciousness. Here it is seen that an unscientific mortal consciousness must be translated into a scientific divine consciousness [a young man]. God—our true Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love—is translated to the point of divine consciousness. This equips thought to perceive a new universe, a spiritual universe, the true creation—the realm of ideas, the realm of metaphysics. This is Christ reflecting Science.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, pages 568 and 569; [My interpolations.])

The Concord Grapevine Keystone

            Brown writes, “Christ as the Word has accentuated the Principle and Life; Christ as Christ has accentuated Truth; Christ as Christianity has accentuated Love; and now, fourthly, Christ as Science unfolds the tones of Soul, Spirit, Mind. This fourth section of Mark’s Gospel disposes finally of the belief that body is material and therefore subject to death.”[3]
            So, the fix is in, the chief priests and scribes plan to take Jesus. Simon has the same meaning as the name Simeon. Simeon was Jacob’s second son and Simeon is connected to Levi, and this is probably why Mary Baker Eddy does not define Simeon in her “Glossary.”

            Levi (Jacob’s son). A corporeal and sensual belief; mortal man; denial of the fulness of God’s creation; ecclesiastical despotism.” (S&H 590:11)

            In most of Mary Baker Eddy’s definitions of nine sons only two of them are not defined as being “Jacob’s son.” When Mary Baker Eddy uses the definition of “Jacob’s son” she is saying that these sons are not the lineage that the Christ advents come from. These two particular sons follow Jesus in the “Glossary.” Jesus is not defined as “Joseph’s son” or as “Mary’s son” because he is the Christ ideal. Likewise, Joseph and Judah are not defined as Jacob’s son because Jesus is “rooted” to Judah and Mary Baker Eddy is “rooted” to Joseph.

            Judah. A corporeal material belief progressing and disappearing; the spiritual understanding of God and man appearing.” (S&H 589:23) Judah leads to the first Christ advent of…
            Jesus. The highest human corporeal concept of the divine idea, rebuking and destroying error and bringing to light man’s immortality.” (S&H 589:16) This first Christ advent leads to the second Christ advent of…
            Joseph. A corporeal mortal; a higher sense of Truth rebuking mortal belief, or error, and showing the immortality and supremacy of Truth; pure affection blessing its enemies.” (S&H 589:19)  Joseph prefigures the woman messenger (angel) who descends from heaven with a little book open.  Joseph was given the coat of many colors, a coat that was given to virgin women, and the angel of Revelation 10 had the rainbow upon his (her) head.  The second Christ advent leads to the…
            Kingdom of Heaven. The reign of harmony in divine Science; the realm of unerring, eternal, and omnipotent Mind; the atmosphere of Spirit, where Soul is supreme.” (S&H 590:1)

Woman Anointing Jesus

            In St. Matthew (the Word Gospel) and St. Mark (the Christ Gospel) Simon is a leper (“outcast” Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary). Remember that at the beginning of St. Mark Jesus healed the leper’s feeling that he was isolated (cast out). In this story Jesus must cast out something that is within Simon’s conscious thought. To continue, in St. Luke (the Christianity Gospel) Simon is a Pharisee (“separated” Ibid); in St. John’s Gospel Simon is Judas Iscariot (the dagger – that which cuts and kills) in that Judas is “Simon’s son.” Thus, it is entirely possible that Judas’ father is Simon the leper (going back to the first two Gospels), being that all three accounts take place in Bethany. This leads me to conclude that the only objector in St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. John is Judas. The objector in St. Matthew is mentioned as being “disciples” in St. Mark as “some” (The word “some” can refer to one person or any amount of people.). In St. Luke the objector is the silent thought within Simon the Pharisee. In St. John the objector is “Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son”.  So in truth, the objector in all four accounts is Simon – ecclesiastical despotism.  In St. Mathew, St. Mark, and St. Luke the woman is not named, however in St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. John, Jesus is in the town of Bethany so we can assume that it is Mary of Bethany because John’s Gospel tells us that the woman is Mary, who is the sister of Lazarus. It is assumed, not proven, that the woman in Luke is Mary Magdalene. This idea came from a Roman Catholic priest way after the writing of the Gospels took place. Perhaps he assumed it was the Magdalene because she is mentioned in Luke 8:2: “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils”. This is quite possible, and could be why Mary of Bethany is thought to be Mary Magdalene. If it is correct then what is important is that the name Mary applies to all four accounts of Jesus being anointed by “a woman.” Is it possible that these four accounts are prophecy of one Mary – Mary Baker Eddy? In St. Luke’s Gospel, Jesus is anointed by “a woman; a sinner” in Nain “proper.” In St. Matthew and St. Mark the woman anoints Jesus’ head, so they are telling us that Jesus is the Christ-King. However, in St. Luke and St. John the woman anoints Jesus’ feet (and wipes his feet with her hair). Only in St. Luke does the woman wash Jesus’ feet with her tears. It is made clear in St. Matthew and St. Luke that it is probably Judas that is objecting, as he leaves immediately in order to go and betray Jesus.
            Brown says, “In the house of Simon the leper a woman anoints Jesus’ head with ointment. She typifies, it seems, ultimate grateful acceptance on the part of the whole world of the Christ Science, and its rejection of the ingratitude (the commercialism and vested interests) which characterizes Judas Iscariot.”[4] Brown seems to think that it was Judas Iscariot objecting to the woman, even though the Text reads “some that had indignation”. I tend to think that Brown is on the right track here. Iscariot means dagger, which brings up an important issue. In St. Matthew and St. Mark it is Simon the leper’s house where Jesus is anointed by the woman (Mary of Bethany). Leper means “an outcast of society” while Pharisee means “separated” (and Pharisees are strict in carrying out the Letter of the Law), and with Judas’ Iscariot “dagger” we get the idea of cutting.
            So, let us take a closer look at what Judas, Simon’s son, was really objecting to. It is made quite clear that he was objecting to the woman. In both St. Matthew and St. Mark the words say that it was a “waste” to use the ointment on Jesus! So Judas is secretly objecting to the idea that Jesus is the Christ-King. St. John calls Judas a thief meaning that Judas is a devil! Judas did not really care that he could have sold the ointment for a lot of money, the devil (thief) within him was objecting to Christ being manifested as Jesus and as Mary (the second coming of Christ), because right after this anointing of the King takes place Judas leaves (in St. Matthew and St. Mark) to go and betray Jesus to the high priests (counterfeit kings). St. John, however, tells us that the chief priests conspire to put Lazarus to death because more people are following Jesus (the Christ) after he raised Lazarus, who was dead.
            In the Gospels of St. Matthew and St. Mark instead of having an “outcast (leper)” Jesus needed to cast out the objector’s indignation toward Jesus and “a woman.” Indignation is a “lack or loss of dignity or honor” it is an insult, a humiliating treatment towards someone. So the disciples (or disciple) treated Jesus and “a woman” in an indignant manner.   Judas (Simon’s son) believed that not only was Jesus indignus (unworthy) of being anointed as King, but he also felt the woman was unworthy of doing the anointing (the good work). Judas covered up his indignation with the lie that he was upset about the waste of the ointment being used and the cost that the ointment could have been sold for – in order to help the “poor.” This is a communistic type of thinking. Today communists do not care about the poor, they use them as their excuse to take down those who they see as being special and/or rich with money, but Judas is trying to take down Jesus because Jesus is the Christ (he is special) and he is rich in Spirit! He is also trying to take down the woman because she too is the Christ and rich in Spirit! Communism also hates and tries to destroy Christian Science.  It also claims (but is hypocritical in this claim) that nobody is special.  The First Church also claims that Mary Baker Eddy is not special, that she just happened to be the first one to get to the top of the mountain before anyone else did and this is why she was able to give us Christian Science.  It was not God’s choice, she was just a fantastic climber!
            In St. Luke the Simon objection is different in that the Pharisee is unable to separate the divine Christ from personal sense (what it sees as a material body). This type of thought can only see a mortal man and a mortal woman. It asks, how could either one be a prophet? Luke refers to “a woman” as “a sinner.” This is done on purpose, because this belief in a mortal sinner (fallen man) must be separated from the divine Christ idea of God’s image (man) and likeness (woman). Jesus makes this separation with the use of a parable. He draws a line between one who is forgiven much and one who is forgiven little and how the one (“a woman” – God’s likeness) who is forgiven much loves much, while the one (Simon) who forgives little loves little. Jesus must bring out that the Pharisee has placed a separation between the Letter of the Law and the Spirit of the Law. Simon has practiced the Letter of the Law with extreme efficiency but has loved little, so he has not expressed or practiced the Spirit of the Law at all.
            In St. John Judas is a dagger (Iscariot) that tries to kill the spiritual idea that Jesus is and the spiritual idea that Mary Baker Eddy is. However, Jesus uses the dagger to sanctify Mary – “Let her alone” he tells Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. With these words Jesus is setting Mary apart because she has a sacred purpose that none of the other disciples have. He is basically saying, “Allow Mary to be isolated from others for she is incomparable and unique!”  SHE IS SPECIAL!!!
            St. Mark 14:4, 5: “Why was this waste of the ointment [of spikenard] made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor.” And they murmured against (complained and protested about) her. The reason why they would do this as a group (“com” as in communistic) is because they were jealous of her. They knew she was spiritually higher than they themselves were and they did not like it one bit.
            In verse 6 Jesus says, “Let her alone” the same words that St. John uses. He also says, “why trouble [mistreat; oppress] ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me [she has formed me anew, she has explained me as being completely spiritual instead of material].” This is exactly what Mary Baker Eddy has done in her writings. Jesus explains to them that they will find that they have the poor with them always so they can do good for them any time they please, but I (Jesus your Master) will not always be with you.
            Then he returns back to “a woman” and says, “She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.” Notice that Jesus does not say that “she is come aforehand to anoint my head to the burying.” “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” Mary Baker Eddy comes aforehand (before [men] in order to lead) and to anoint (consecrate) the Christ body (congregation) for the burying (for its salvation via Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures).  It is a fact, according the Scripture, that Mary never touched Jesus’ body after he was crucified, so how could she have anointed it with the same ointment she had at this moment?
            Then Judas leaves to go to the Sanhedrin, they promise him money to deliver Jesus to them. There is no amount of money or silver mentioned in St. Mark. Then Judas looks for a way to betray Jesus.
            “At the passover, Jesus explains to his disciples the truth about the universal body of man.”[5] Jesus tells the disciples that one of them will betray him. He also has them eat of the bread (his body) and wine (his blood). Now, what is it that Jesus is really doing? If we go to Revelation 10 we find that we are to eat the little book open. This little book open is brought to mankind by the angel of Bow, New Hampshire. When we are told to eat the book of Christ Science this is the same idea as eating Jesus’ body (the woman’s bread). We are to mentally digest the Christ Science that Jesus has instructed his students with.

            Wine. Inspiration; understanding.” (S&H 598:17)

            Jesus’ blood (and the wine he gives to the disciples) is a symbol of inspiration and spiritual understanding.
            “His hour has come at last, and, in the garden of Gethsemane [“oil press; press for extracting unguents and ointments. The struggle that takes place within the consciousness when Truth is realized as the one reality. All the good is pressed out and saved and the error is denied away.” The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary], he begs the disciples to watch with him ‘one [be united with him one] hour.’ This is the ‘hour’ in which (in Revelation) the harlot Babylon falls. This is the moment of Jesus’ final proof that man’s identity is the divine origin. [The harlot Babylon represents material organization.]
            “Deserted and alone (so it seems to the senses), Jesus holds ‘uncomplaining guard over a world.’ In Science, this is Principle holding guard over its own beloved Christ-idea, which is the world’s spiritual reality. In order to experience this divine guardianship, Jesus turns ‘forever away…from sense to Soul’ (S&H 48:4-9).
            “A Soul tone blends to a Spirit tone. Because man was never born into matter, he does not die out of matter. Because ‘Spirit never entered matter’ it is ‘therefore never raised from matter’ (S&H 76:11). In over coming the last enemy, death, Jesus is really overcoming the first enemy, birth.”[6]
            In St. Mark there is a lot that takes place before Jesus dies. He is in the garden praying, but the disciples are sleeping. Mark 41:37 reads: “And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? Couldest not thou watch one hour?” Could he not be awake to the fall of the belief in a material birth/death cycle? The second time that Jesus returns to them the text says: “(for their eyes were heavy,)” I feel this means that the disciples were being handled by animal magnetism, that they were being hypnotized by error.  Mark 14:41 reads: “And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest.” Yet immediately, in the Text, the enemies of Christ come and the disciples are wakened from their rest.
            Why does the text mention three comings of Christ in this chapter? Could it be that they symbolize the three Christ advents? If, with the first coming of Christ, the Christians are unable to tell the difference between Jesus Christ (a man) and Christ Jesus (spiritual idea) then the Dark Ages will take place before there can be a Renaissance (rebirth) with the second coming of Christ. The second coming is the female representative of the Christ who handles hypnotism, mesmerism, and animal magnetism – the serpent. It is in the third coming of Christ (during the Seventh Day of Love, the Sabbath) that the disciples are able to “take their rest.”
            “Contrary to popular belief the Roman guard did not make the arrest. It was executed by the priest’s guard upon the authority of the Sanhedrin. The arrest was illegal. The Sanhedrin had not the authority to arrest a citizen. The power belonged exclusively to the Roman court which then ruled over Judea. It could only be carried out by the Roman guard on orders issued by Roman authority on a recognized complaint.” (The Drama of the Lost Disciples; by George F. Jowett, p. 10)
            Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss (he pretends to embrace the Christ idea) and a disciple draws a sword, “and smote a servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.” St. Mark does not tell us that this disciple with a drawn sword is Peter, nor does he tell us that Jesus heals the man’s ear.

            Ears.   Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding [the Third Degree].
            “Jesus said, referring to spiritual perception, ‘Having ears, hear ye not?’ (Mark viii. 18)” (S&H 585:1-4; [my interpolation])

            A strange thing happens after they take Jesus into custody. A young man (singular) has a linen cloth around his body, when the young men (plural) lay hold of him he leaves the linen cloth and flees from them naked. Recently, on a TV program, it has been said that this naked man was gay and was one of Jesus’ lovers. Of course, this is not what the book of St. Mark is trying to bring out to us at all. And it is mortal mind that does not spiritually interpret the Bible that says such silly things.  This “young man” is actually Christ Jesus as God’s idea. When the young men see Jesus as idea they lay hold of him, but they cannot hold onto such Truth and the true idea, that Jesus is, mentally flees from their conscious thought. They see a naked man – one who is defenseless – this is how they see Jesus. The Romans and Jews attempt to strip Christ Jesus of his Christhood (linen cloth), but they cannot. And after the crucifixion Joseph of Arimathaea, who is Jesus’ great uncle, will dress the body of Jesus in a fine linen cloth (see Mark 15:46).
            Next is the illegal trial (because it was held in darkness, there is no spiritual light present coming from the high priest). Also, the Roman authorities did not permit court hearings to be held after sunset “even under an emergency measure no trial for life could be held after dark. Moreover, a trial for life was exclusively the prerogative of the Roman court, to be held only before the Roman Procurator. Yet we find Caiaphas, High Priest of the Sanhedrin, deliberately flouting the all-powerful Roman authority in a trial for life as late as midnight.” (The Drama of the Lost Disciples; by George F. Jowett, p. 10)
            The high priest asks Jesus, “Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?”
            He answers, “I am [Christ Jesus]: and ye shall see the Son of man [Jesus Christ] sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven [for I am a divine messenger].”   [My interpolations.]
            And the high priest rent his clothes, “What need we any further witnesses?” So, in protest to Jesus Christ being a “young man” the high priest rends his ceremonial robes. This high priest is symbolically separating himself from the Christ-Truth that Jesus manifests. And they condemned him to be guilty of death. If anything, Jesus is guilty of Life.
            Then Peter denies Jesus three times. The three types of Christ Rock Churches – Roman, Protestant,[7] and Christian Science – deny the three advents of Christ because they are all afraid of the high priest (the Adam head) of ecclesiastical despotism.
            In the morning they take Jesus to see the Roman commander, Pilate. Pilate means: “armed with a pilum; armed with a javelin; spear-armed; wearing the pileus; wearing the felt cap, i.e., emblem of liberty” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). I think that Pilate represents human intellectualism that is head of most material organized bodies (found in religions and governments).
            Pilate asks Jesus if he is the King of the Jews?
            Jesus says, “Thou sayest it.”
            The priests accuse Jesus of many things and Jesus remains silent. Pilate marvels at Jesus’ silence. Pilate decided to try and release Jesus, as it is the feast. But the multitude cries out to have Barabbas released. (Barabbas means: “son of father [this father is the devil]” The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary [my interpolation]) The Jews prefer a devil to live among them instead of the Christ.
            Pilate asks them what they would have him do to their King of Jews. They say, “Crucify him.”
            So Barabbas is released and Jesus is scourged (whipped).   The Praetorium clothe Jesus “with purple [a royal color], and platted a crown of thorns and put it about his head, And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mark 15:17, 18 [my interpolation]) Then they smote him on the head with a reed, spit on him, and mock worshipping him by bowing their knees. When they finished they took off the royal color and placed his clothes back on him, and led him out to be crucified.
            In many movies they depict a man coming to the aid of Jesus, where he voluntarily carries the cross for him. But this man, according to St. Matthew and now St. Mark, was chosen by the Romans to carry this cross. This is symbolic that the Romans will eventually bow down to Christ Jesus in their churches and that they will carry the weight of the cross, for Simon, the man they chose, represents ecclesiastical despotism.  Simon (the same name that Peter had) is from the country of Cyrenian. He is the carnal father of Alexander and Rufus. The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary defines Cyrenians as: “Fixed states of thought in the realm of sense, that rise up and oppose the further progress of spiritual ideas [the “young man” – my interpolation].” Alexander means “defender of mankind.” Rufus means “redhead,” so Simon symbolizes the Adam brain (Rufus) that defends mortal mankind not spiritual mankind. And Jesus is brought to the place of the skull – Adam brain (the Rufus).
            They offer him wine mingled with myrrh, but in Science man does not turn to material medica for aid, so Jesus does not receive the drink.
            “And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.” (Mark 15:24) This is important because Jesus’ garments represent his Christhood (the Christ Mind) that he manifests. Mortal man believes that he can strip the Christ of its eternal Mind.
            It is the third (Soul) hour when they crucify him. “And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Mark 15:26)
            To fulfill scripture Jesus is crucified between two transgressors.
            They that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, “Ah, thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three [Soul] days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross.” [My interpolation.]
            And the chief priests mocked, “He saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.”
            When the sixth hour (Truth) was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth (Spirit) hour.
            And in the ninth hour (Spirit) Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, la’ma sabach’thani?” “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”
            And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost of personal sense (the belief that Soul, Spirit, and Mind are held captive in matter). And the veil of the material temple was rent in two from top to bottom. And those at the cross were Mary (bitter; sea of bitterness) Magdalene (of the High Tower), Mary the mother of James (supplanter, substitute) the less and Joses (God will add, increase), and Salome (peaceful), and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem. (verses 40-41)
            “It is said that at the ninth hour the Son of God gives up the ghost. Yet, at this moment, Jesus is filled as never before with the breath of Spirit, or the Holy Ghost – that is, with the understanding of what truly gives him birth. The rock in which the body is laid is the opposite of the matrix of everlasting life, embodying the precious calculus of ideas which is man. Joseph, the husband of Mary, never violated with mortality the virgin womb in which (to the senses) the body of Jesus began; likewise Joseph of Arimathaea has never allowed death to enter the virgin tomb in which this body will supposedly end. As Spirit’s reflection of itself, man is inseparable from the Father-Mother God; and this truth rolls from consciousness the adamant belief in material birth and death.”[8]
            After this St. Mark goes into detail much like that spoken in St. Matthew.  Joseph goes to Pilate to get permission to claim his nephew’s body which he wraps in linen and lays him in a sepulchre and then rolls a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.  St. Mark 15:47: “And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.”  St. Mark does not say that these women anointed the body, only that they saw where he was laid.
            Chapter 16:1 has Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James (Life), and Salome (Love), bringing sweet spices, that they might come and anoint Jesus with. The second Mary is the same mother in Mark 15:47 and Mark 16:1. It is the same type of Mary Motherhood that gives birth to the Christ during the three advents taking place in the Fifth Day of Life, the Sixth Day of Truth, and the Seventh Day of Love. But it is the second advent of Christ that takes place during the Sixth Day of Truth when the Christ is the Mother, Mary Baker Eddy.
            It is the first day of the week when they came to the sepulchre at sunrise. “Let there be light,” demands the First Day of Mind.  This is a quick digression, but in the beginning of The Fifth Element the archeologist yells at the boy, “Aziz. light!”  And Azia (which actually means light) adjusts the reflective metal he is holding to bring the sun’s light into the structure.  They show the illustrator assistant, and he is keeping a tally record of how many times the archeologist has called out “Aziz. light!”  He marks down the eleventh tally mark.  But the archeologist will call out to the boy for a twelfth time and this is when the aliens spaceship shine their Light into the structure in order to procure the four stones (the divine infinite calculus) for their safety (as war is coming to earth – World War I and II, etc.).  The stones are behind a stone wall that the alien (angle, God’s divine messenger) holds a key to.  Because of an accident, the key is intrusted to the priest.  St. Mark tells us that before their arrival the women wonder who would roll away the false material calculus matrix. Well, the answer is that the Christ will roll it away, for when they arrive at the tomb the stone has been rolled away.  The Christ is the one and only Priest and he holds the Key to the Scriptures.
            Verse 5 tells us: “And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right [the correct] side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.” Now this young man takes us back to the naked young man when Jesus is taken into custody. The word young means “new” and the word new means “original.” So this young man is the original form that Jesus had as God’s spiritual idea. While the man was then naked he is now in a long white (pure) garment. He says to the two Marys, “Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth [the mortal man], which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here [the mortal minded man no longer exists]: behold the place where they laid him [it is empty]. But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee [the divine infinite calculus circle]: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” And they were afraid to tell any man.
            Again, in verse 9, St. Mark reminds us that it is the first day (Mind) of the week when Jesus appeared first [as Mind] to Mary Magdalene. The verse also tells us that he cast out seven devils (seven sins) from her. These seven devils are against Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, and Mind.
            The disciples find Mary’s words hard to believe.
            In verse 12 Mark tells us that Jesus appears in another form to two disciples as they walked into the country. And these two told their story to the “residue” (the remnant) but they did not believe them.
            After this Jesus appeared to the eleven as they “sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
            “So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.” (Mark 16:14-20)
            “Resurrection leads to ascension. That man’s origin is the eternal parent Mind is fully and finally demonstrated. Appearing first to Mary Magdalene, Jesus promises the disciples that they shall see him in Galilee (meaning ‘circle’) [see Mark 14:28]. Throughout his lifework, the operation of the two translations has proved progressively that man revolves in the orbits of Mind, that he comes from Mind and returns to Mind. This is the gospel which must be preached to all the world, and heard by every creature.”[9]
            At first St. Mark did not say that it is Jesus that appeared to the two Marys in the sepulchre, it is not until verse 9 that Mark tells us that Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene. I asked myself what was the purpose of Mary Magdalene seeing the “young man” inside the sepulchre? Who is this “young man”? I came to the conclusion that St. Mark is telling us that the young man is Jesus, because Mark goes on to say that Jesus appeared to two disciples, walking into the country, in another form. But what does this mean? What is the other form? Mortal mind wants us to believe that this other form is the appearance of another material person. But this is not so. Mark means that they saw the young man, who was Jesus, as spiritual idea instead of as a material man. The two Marys, who (by the way) were probably the same two disciples heading into the country, were able to use the spiritual translation to spiritually understand what was really going on in regards to Jesus’ resurrection, whereas the eleven male disciples were unable to comprehend the true meaning of it all! This is just like what has happened with Mary Baker Eddy. She was the first Mary to comprehend Jesus’ resurrection – that he was Scientifically Translated (or Transformed) from a mortal man (of the First Degree) into a spiritual idea (a human [Second Degree] and divine [Third Degree] coincidence). And this is why she was able to provide us with the two Scientific Translations on pages 115-116 of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. And, as far as I know, I am the second disciple to comprehend what St. Mark is telling us about the “young (new, original) man’s form (idea)”.

To be continued to St. Luke – Part 3a….

 

[1] Ibid, p. 289

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid; the one objecting could be Judas Iscariot, but St. Mark does not say it is. Probably because St. Mark does not consider it to be of importance as to who is objecting.

[5] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, p. 289

[6] Ibid; [my interpolations]

[7] There are actually two different types of Protestant offshoots. The first Protestant church separated itself from the early British Christian Church. They were separating themselves from the church because they felt like there were too many rituals going on in the church. The second Protestants were the Germans who separated themselves from the Roman Christian Church. The main difference between the British Christian Church and the Roman Christian Church is that the British placed Jesus at the head of the Church while the Romans eventually placed the Pope (who they claim to be the Christ successor) at the head of the Church. Another thing of importance is that the British Christian Church was first and the Roman Christian Church was not first – even though history would try to lead us astray on this fact.

[8] From Genesis to Revelation; by W. Gordon Brown, pages 289 and 290

[9] Ibid, p. 290

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