THE FOUR GOSPELS – Part 3b
THE FOUR GOSPELS’ HOLY CITY MATRIX (Part 3b)
…St. Luke continued.
Christianity as the Christ – Soul
The sixth minor Stargate shines its light upon the Palmleaves of Salvation Keystone. It correlates with the tenth chapter “Science of Being.”
“Chapter X, ‘Science of Being’ views the universe of ideas in its Christ office, as the dynamics of ideas. It shows that an idea has the power to dispel invisible ideas as well as visible ideas and that it operates as a divine infinite calculus. This chapter is Christianity reflecting the Christ.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 569)
The second quote heading for “Science of Being” is by Martin Luther. “Here I stand. I can do no otherwise; so help me God! Amen!”
“This Science of my being and your being must stand whether accepted by others or not. In neutralizing error we must remember that we are not neutralizing Truth nor ever attempt to in endeavoring to arrive at a conclusion. Truth is the Truth and it never fails. Our textbook declares, ‘Christian Science acts as an alterative, neutralizing error with Truth.’ ‘The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind,’ (S&H 162:5-7, 9) Can you imagine Science and Health taking a half-way position with anything that this Science is correcting?” (From a 1925 Address by Mildred L. LeBlond, C.S.B. – The Perfection of the Individuality f God, Mind; reprinted on page 12 of The Individual Christian Scientist, Volume XL, July 2015, Number 1.
St. Luke 8 opens with Jesus going “throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God; and the twelve were with him. And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary Called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”
Next Jesus presents a parable. “The section concerning Christianity as the Christ is in the tone of Soul, and opens with the parable of the sower.” If you have read the earlier posts on St. Matthew and St. Mark then you will remember that both books present the same parables but in different ways in order to bring out different tones of the divine infinite calculus. Brown continues, “Once the seed of humanity’s real selfhood is sown in human consciousness, it becomes self-propagating. We see from the text that this seed is the idea of the Word, Christ, Christianity, Science.”
“Ears. Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding.
“Jesus said, referring to spiritual perception, ‘Having ears, hear ye not?’ (Mark viii. 18.)” (S&H 585:1-4) Spiritual understanding and spiritual perception have to do with Soul. Hearing seems to be of importance in this section. We may hear something but that does not mean that we spiritually understand it!
Jesus tells them what the parable means, “Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life [of matter], and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
“No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.” (Luke 8:12-18)
In St. Matthew and St. Mark Jesus mentions that the seed grows thirtyfold, sixtyfold and an hundredfold. But here in this tone only “an hundredfold” (Luke 8:8) is mentioned.
“Immediately he has taught the parable, Jesus turns from the mortal sense of ‘mother’ and ‘brethren’ to the surrounding multitude, and declares: ‘My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God and do it.’ His mother and his brethren are those who conceive and give birth to the Christ-idea, as the divine reality of man.”
Next is when Jesus and his disciples get on a ship to travel to the other side of the lake. Here “Luke recounts the many demonstrations of spiritual power that have featured already in Matthew and Mark. Beginning with the stilling of the tempest, these include [casting out the legion of devils into the swine, healing the woman with an issue of blood, raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead (It is interesting if we count the amount of people in the daughter’s room there are a total of seven. There is Peter, James, John, the father, the mother, Jesus, and the daughter. In these two healings the number twelve is of importance.), he sends out the twelve disciples to heal,] the feeding of the multitudes, the transfiguration, and the healing of the father’s epileptic son.”
Luke 9:7 goes back to Herod who beheaded John and he wonders if Jesus is not John resurrected from the dead. “John have I beheaded,” he says, “but who is this, of whom I hear such things?” And he desired to see Jesus. Notice, the word “hear” is used again – so we are still in the tone of Soul. Herod mentions that some think it is Elias the prophet, so perhaps Herod tends to believe that spirit can enter into a mortal medium (opposite of Soul).
In this instance St. Luke presents, for the feeding of the multitude (Christ body), five loaves and two fishes. How did he make such demonstrations? Martha Wilcox, C.S.B. in her Scientific Translations writes: “Jesus translated spiritual ideas, or spiritual facts, into loaves and fishes for the multitude, into tax money for Peter; into the wine for the wedding feast. These examples of the Master show us that it is possible to receive, in its visible form, any spiritual fact or idea in which one can function, while yet in human consciousness.” (Reprinted on page 16 of The Individual Christian Scientist; Volume XL, July 2015, Number 1) I have no doubt that Jesus did such things, however, it is a fact that the four Gospels were written in order to bring out symbolic messages about these demonstrations and to tell them in different tones (so that we may hear – spiritually understand) what is secretly being said to us. To continue with St. Luke’s account, there are about five thousand men. Jesus tells his disciples, “Make them sit down by fifties in a company [Have them sit in fellowship].” And they did so. St. Luke presents to us the circle of Life.
CITY OF OUR GOD – Christian Science
In St. Luke’s account we have five loaves and two fishes representing Life (five loaves), Truth and Love (two fishes) for the Word (Word as the Word [Open Bible Keystone], Christ as the Word [Woman God-crowned Keystone], and Christianity as the Word [Lord and Lamb Keystone]), about five (Life) thousand men (wholeness of Christ – for the Word as the Christ [Madonna and Child Keystone], the Christ as the Christ [Oil Lamp Keystone], and Christianity as the Christ [Palmleaves of Salvation Keystone]), to sit in fifty companies representing the companionship or fellowship found in Christianity (for the Word as Christianity [Cross of Calvary Keystone], the Christ as Christianity [Pomegranates Keystone], and Christianity as Christianity [Harvested Sheaf of Wheat Keystone]). Here is the part we must calculate for ourselves – this makes a total of one hundred (reason = divine calculus) companies for Science (for the Word as Science [Golden Shores of Love Keystone], the Christ as Science [Concord Grapevine Keystone], and Christianity as Science [Big Dipper Keystone]). So this “feeding of the multitude” presents the city of our God for Christian Science – with its twelve keystones presented to us in Science and Health 577:12. The food being fed to the multitude, therefore, presents the pattern for the twelve foundations of the wheel, the Circle of Life.
CITY FOURSQUARE – divine Science
The remaining fragments of food represent the chosen remnant of the woman God-crowned symbolized as (here’s this number again) twelve baskets (woven wooden vessels). The remnant are the students that accept Mary Baker Eddy as the second coming of Christ, as the woman God-crowned, as their Revered Leader. One definition of vessel, from Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, is “a child of light” so these twelve Baskets (twelve Vessels) are the twelve Stars of divine Science (spoken of in Science and Health 574:5-576:7). These twelve Stars circle around Window of the Open Book. These twelve Baskets must be students of Mary Baker Eddy (Truth). “The spiritual idea [which is the Woman God-crowned] is crowned with twelve stars. The twelve tribes of Israel with all mortals,—separated by belief from man’s divine origin and the true idea,—will through much tribulation yield to the activities of the divine Principle of man in the harmony of Science. These are the stars in the crown of rejoicing. They are the lamps in the spiritual heavens of the age, which show the workings of the spiritual idea by healing the sick and the sinning, and by manifesting the light which shines ‘unto the perfect day’ as the night of materialism wanes.” (S&H 562:11; [my interpolation])
Now that this has been said, I can go into more detail about the five loaves of bread and the two fish. On the Window of the Open Book – for the five (Life) loaves of bread we have the Open Bible Keystone, the Bible has been called “the Book of Life.” At first I thought that Jesus was the first fish and that the second fish was Mary Baker Eddy, but after working out the order with the wheel I now realize that Christ Jesus is the second fish (as the Lord) and that the Lamb of God (“spiritual idea of Love”) is rooted to the second fish (Christ Jesus). So, the second fish represents the Lord and Lamb Keystone as Love, while the first fish is Mary Baker Eddy representing the Woman God-crowned Keystone as Truth. The Lord in the Keystone is Jesus. So who is the Lamb? I think that the Lamb is the spiritual idea of Martha (generic man), Mary’s sister. I also feel that the girl in the Seventh Illustration (seen below) of Christ and Christmas is Martha.
Now that Jesus (representing spiritual understanding) has presented the Holy City Matrix to the Christ body he asks his disciples (his twelve Baskets), “Whom say the people that I am? Remember, we already heard what Herod (representing mortal mind) has said about Jesus’ identity (Soul).
“They answering said, John the Baptist [Perhaps by giving this answer people believed that Jesus was a medium who was channeling the dead spirit of John?]; but some say, Elias;” they repeat Herod. “and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again [probably this means that others say (think) that Jesus is an incarnation of an old prophet].” [My interpolations.]
“But whom say ye that I am?”
Peter says, “The Christ of God.”
Jesus charges them immediately not to tell any man “this thing; Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things [permit many tortures], and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day [Soul].” (Luke 9:18-22; [my interpolations]) Notice St. Luke tells us that it is Peter, not Simon, who states the Truth about Jesus. This was an important step for Jesus to take, he had to get his twelve Stars to comprehend who he was, they had to accept his place in Bible prophecy as the Messiah. Likewise, it is the remnant’s responsibility to declare Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy and explain and tell why she is the second coming of Christ (there is only one Christ but this one Christ is reflected by Jesus [in the first coming], Mary Baker Eddy [in the second coming], and generic man [in the third coming]).
“If any [generic] man will come after me [hum, come in the third advent?], let him deny himself [deny the material Adam man as being reality], and take up [demonstrate over] his cross daily [daily trials], and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. But I tell you a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.” (Verses 23-27; [my interpolations])
After about eight days, after these sayings, Jesus, Peter, John, and James, go up the mountain to pray (I feel that this mountain is symbolic of the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth). These are the same three disciples that witnessed the raising of Jairus’ daughter. After Jesus prayed, verse 29 tells us that Jesus’ countenance was altered, and his clothes were white and glistering. Verse 30 says that Jesus talked with two men – Moses and Elias, “Who appeared” (verse 31) “in glory, and spoke of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.” Yet the disciples are heavy with sleep (handled by animal magnetism). They awake to see Jesus’ glory and the two men. As Moses and Elias departed Peter says, “Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.” But Peter does not know (understand) what he said (verse 33).
Then a cloud comes over them and a voice comes out of it saying, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.” Again “hear” is used. And they told no man what things they saw in those days (verse 36).
On the next day, after they come down from the mountain, is when Jesus heals the epileptic boy. When he hears that his disciples could not heal the boy he says, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.” After healing the boy he tells his disciples, “Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.” But they did not understand (hear) what he was saying.
Next the disciples begin to reason which one of them would be greatest. Jesus takes a child and sets the child by him and says, “Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” (Verses 37-48)
John tells the Master about one who casts out devils in Jesus’ name, and the disciples forbad him because he did not follow after them. Jesus said, “Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” (Verses 49, 50)
When they go to Samaria they are not well received, and when James and John saw this they said, “Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?” Jesus turned and rebuked them, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” (Verses 52-56)
Next (verses 57-60), “a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.”
“Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” And to another Jesus said, “Follow me.” But the man said, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.”
“‘Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God,’ Jesus says to a would-be disciple wavering between loyalty to God and loyalty to mortal fatherhood.” And the same idea is behind verses 61 and 62.
“Luke [in chapter 10] alone records the sending forth of the seventy [Love] disciples. [Jesus sends these seventy out “two and two” giving us the sense of the city foursquare (the x) with its divine infinite calculus “before his face into every city and place [four corners of the earth – the city of our God – the +], whither he himself would come”. (My interpolations.)] On their return, Jesus tells them how he ‘beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.’ He says, ‘Rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you, but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.’ Sending the seventy [representing Love] into the world reverses the myth of fallen man, and signifies the restoration of mankind to its original unfallen estate.”
Luke 10:21: “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.” I feel that the account of the seventy being sent out has to do with the Seventh Day of Love because the Scripture speaks about the harvest (end time). Is not it possible that Luke 10:21 is a prophecy about the Seventh Day of Love, when the third advent of Christ takes place?
Luke 10:22: “All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.” Jesus is saying that he can reveal the Son to whomever he chooses.
Luke 10:23: “And he turned him unto the disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”
Then a lawyer stands up to tempt Jesus, “Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
“What is written in the law? how readest thou?”
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.”
“Thou has answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
“And who is my neighbour?” (Verses 24-29) Jesus answers his question with a parable.
“The parable of the good Samaritan illustrates the practice of the two great commandments to love God supremely by loving one’s neighbour as one’s self. To obey these commandments is to inherit eternal life. This involves the true sense of service.”
A man went down from Jerusalem (the city of peace – heaven) to Jericho (the city of the moon – reflected intelligence – for Jesus came from God, the Father), and fell among thieves. A thief or robber deprives someone of something due them, or expected to belong to them. The courts of injustice tried to rob Jesus of his Life and his place in Bible prophecy when they sentenced him to be crucified. What happens to the man is exactly what happens to Jesus (later on in this third Gospel), for Jesus is this man. When Jesus goes before the courts of trial the thieves strip him of his raiment, and they (the thieves) wound him, and they leave him half dead.
By “chance there came down a certain priest that way” but when he sees this man he passes “by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.” The priest (who is a Levite) and the Levite represent men who think that they are spiritually pure and they go out of their way (the other side) to avoid the injured man so that they will remain pure (holy) – to be untouched by blood (teachings from the Letter of the Law). Samaria was once a part of Israel (the feminine Israel), while the Levites are joined at the hip with Judah (the masculine Jacob). The Samaritan represents the sinner who is willing to Love much, like Mary, the woman, who anoints Jesus’ feet. So the “Samaritan, as [s]he journeyed, came where he was: and when [s]he saw him, [s]he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his [her] own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when [s]he departed, [s]he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him [me] that fell among the thieves?” Jesus supplies the answer again, “[S]He that shewed mercy on him. Go, and do thou likewise.” (Verses 30-37; [My interpolations.])
In verses 38 onward Jesus enters into a certain village and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. This is interesting because the name that Mary Baker Eddy gives to us for the third advent of Christ is Martha. So, I feel that St. Luke is once again speaking about the third advent that takes place during the Seventh Day of Love. Martha has a sister named Mary (Baker Eddy) “which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word” for she is the second advent of Christ. Now I know that Lazarus, Mary, and Martha are real people, for they went to Gaul and Britain with Jesus’ great uncle Joseph after Jesus’ ascension, but it is possible that the family from Bethany foreshadows the two future advents (for Mary and Martha), as well as, representing the present advent with Jesus (for the resurrection of Lazarus foreshadows Jesus’ resurrection).
“But Martha [generic man] was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me [in 1910] to serve alone? bid her therefore that she [as spiritual being] help me.” [My interpolations.]
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chose that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Brown writes, “Mary serves both God and man by sitting at the feet of Christ, instead of being like Martha ‘cumbered about much serving.’” Is not this “much serving” found in the fact that today’s Christian Scientists (who represent generic man) are cumbered about much material organized church serving? They refuse to give up the material organized body. I ask, “How does one give up their troubles (worries) and sit at the feet of Jesus?” My answer is found in St. Luke 11.
“Jesus teaches his disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Science and Health calls this the ‘prayer of Soul’ which ‘covers all human needs’ (S&H 14:23, 16:11). In this prayer the body (man) acknowledges its divine parentage.” This Lord’s prayer is slightly different from the one in St. Matthew. “They will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matt 5:9) “Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” (Luke 11:2) The earth represents the human while heaven represents the divine. St. Matthew has the human and divine coincidence (an example as in Jesus Christ) while St. Luke has the divine before the human (an example as in Christ Jesus). “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matt 5:12) “And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.” (Luke 11:4) St. Luke does not have a last line reading, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (Matt: 5:13)
After this Jesus speaks about how a friend would give bread to a friend in need, even in the middle of the night. Likewise, there is no father who would give his son a stone in place of bread, or not give him a fish instead of a serpent or an egg instead of a scorpion. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask for it?” (Verses 11-13)
Then he casts out a devil from a dumb man and afterwards the man speaks. Some around that witness the healing think that Jesus casts out devils by Beelzebub. But Jesus points out that their reasoning (material calculus) is flawed.
“When the unclean spirit [demon or devil] is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he said, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)
“‘Blessed is the womb that bare thee,’ says a certain woman. ‘Yea rather, blessed are they that hear [spiritually understand] the word of God, and keep it [obey it],’ is Jesus’ poignant reply. There follows, significantly, a tremendous denunciation of Pharisaical hypocrisy.”
Jesus says the only sign that will be given is “the sign of Jonas the prophet.” (Luke 11:29) So what is this sign (symbol)? It is possible that like Jonas, being swallowed up by a whale for three days Jesus will be placed in the tomb for three days. But Jonas was swallowed up because he disobeyed God. Jesus did not disobey God, not ever. So perhaps the sign of Jonas is something else? Is not the sign of Jonah his written signature – his name? Jonas, or Johah, means “dove.”
“Dove. A symbol [sign] of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith.” (S&H 584:26)
“The queen of the south [Christianity] shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” (Verses 31-32) The people of Nineveh were not wicked they only needed spiritual instruction which would turn their attention away from the outer and material world to God. The queen that Jesus is speaking about is Sheba “rest; repose; return to an original state; restoration” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). So with Sheba we first get the idea that she is the queen of the Seventh Day of Love and then the tone of Soul comes in with the return to an original state and restoration. Also, with the definition for the famous well of Sheba we have the number “seven [again this is Love]; cyclic fullness; completeness; fullness of times; fulfillment; an oath; a covenant” (Ibid). What is the covenant? It is the Arch Covenant with the bow in the cloud signifying the coming of a divine angel of divine Science. This whole tone of Christianity as the Christ seems to bring back over and over the promise of the third advent of Christ (even though the third advent of Christ is never mentioned).
Next Jesus says that when a man has the light of a candle he does not hide it, basically because those who come to him will see the light. “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.” (Verse 11:33, 34) When your eye is single is a reference to when we see only the oneness (atonement) that is God (Principle) being one with man (idea). But when we see duality (the belief that good [Spirit] dwells and is held captive within evil [matter]) – the belief that man is fallen, separated from God – we see evil and the body is full of darkness (is absent from light).
“We all need fully to understand that all things or all creation is not to be separated into two groups, one group spiritual and the other group material. Mrs. Eddy says (S&H 369:21), ‘Jesus knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and the other to be made indestructible.’ Jesus knew that the God-Life is all there is to the so-called human life; and that the divine idea is all there is to so-called material good things.
“And we need to know that creation, that is, all things, is ONE CREATION; and that all things are spiritual, no matter in what state or stage of human growth we are in. The living God made heaven and earth and the sea, and all things that are therein, and everything in creation is exactly the same at this moment as God conceived it; it is good and very good and it is spiritual. There can be nothing outside or beside or unlike the all-inclusive ONE-INFINITY.” (Scientific Translation; Martha Wilcox, C.S.B.; pages 16 & 17 of T.I.C.S.)
In St. Luke 11:37 Jesus is invited to dine with a Pharisee. This man marvells that Jesus does not wash up before eating. The Lord says unto him, “Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.” (Verses 37-44)
Then he begins in on the lawyers, “Woe unto you also, for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you, lawyers for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things. Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.” (Luke 11:45-54)
Then Jesus, in chapter 12, tells his disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is raised up via hypocrisy. This leaven is the opposite of the woman’s leaven of Principle placed in the three (Life, Truth, and Love) measures of meal. Their hypocrisy cannot be hidden or covered up. For the woman God-crowned unmasks animal magnetism. He tells them not to be afraid of them that kill the physical body. But he forewarns them of who to fear (be aware of, be on guard of), he that has killed and has power to cast into hell – uses animal magnetism to mentally murder you.
The book proceeds with Jesus telling us that God provides all we need and we need to give up (spiritually translate) the material organization of body. We need to seek Spirit first, the kingdom of God. We also need to be on watch in case Christ comes to us, for “the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” (Luke 12:40)
Chapter 13 opens with some people telling Jesus about the Galilaeans who made sacrifices and Pilate mingled their own blood with the animal’s blood. Jesus asks them if they think that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans because they suffered such things? He answers, “Nay, but, except ye repent [change your thinking], ye shall all likewise perish.” [My interpolation.] Then of the eighteen, upon whom the tower of Siloam fell, and slew, were they also sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? “Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Then Jesus speaks the parable about a fig tree planted in his vineyard. For three years (the time of Jesus’ ministry?) there is no fruit. The man wants the “dresser of his vineyard” to cut it down. But he replies, “Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.”
In Luke 13:10-13 is the account of Jesus healing a woman that is bowed together for eighteen years. He says to her, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” Infirmity can mean “insecurity.” The woman is made straight (she is made upright, whole, and pure). But there is indignation from a ruler of the synagogue because he healed the woman on the Sabbath Day of Love. He responds (verses 15-16), “Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” The number eighteen symbolizes “life, associated with the angels Asariel [oath; Truth], Sachiel [covering of God; protection of God], Gabriel [strength; Love]; in the Old Testament, an evil number, but in Christianity, it is a sign of great reward”. (Symbolism A Comprehensive Dictionary; by Steven Olderr, p. 43; [My interpolations.])
In the following verses Jesus asks what the kingdom of God is like? He answers it is like the mustard seed (a seed is a symbol for Soul) that after being planted becomes a great tree with branches. This parable is about Mary Baker Eddy’s Mother Church and its Branches. And then Jesus continues about the woman and the leaven she hides in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
“‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets,’ Jesus cries, ‘how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!’ The real Jerusalem is the home, or heaven, of all humanity. Paul calls this the ‘Jerusalem…above…which is the mother of us all’ (Gal 4:26). Jerusalem beneath, over which Jesus sorrows, is, according to the definition in the textbook, ‘Mortal belief and knowledge obtained from the five corporeal senses; the pride of power and the power of pride.’ (S&H 589:12).”
Christianity as the Word – Mind, Principle (Mind is the creator which is governed by Principle)
The fifth minor Stargate shines its light upon the Lord and Lamb Keystone. It correlates with the ninth chapter “Creation.” Mind, the only creator, creates its spiritual idea (the Lord and the Lamb – the second fish of Love). We now understand that there is only one creation, even though it may still seem (because of the five senses) that there are two different creations, there really is but the spiritual creation that Mind created.
“Chapter, IX, ‘Creation,’ gives a statement of what constitutes creation, or the true universe. It shows creation to be of the nature of ideas; and tells us we need to drop our mental swaddling clothes. This chapter is Christianity reflecting the Word.” (Your Divinity Revealed; by Helen Wright, p. 569)
Again Jesus heals on the Sabbath. This time he heals a man of the dropsy. Dropsy means water, swollen. What is it that swells the Christ body? Swollen ego says, “Having followed the Letter of the Law makes me perfect, pure, holy among men.” But the humble man who follows the Spirit of the Law is without swollen pride. Jesus says, “For whoseoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 14:11)
“The idea which dominates the fourth section of Luke’s Gospel (Christianity as the Word) is humanity’s [the Lord and Lamb’s] restoration to the source (Mind [- where we understand the Christ-Mind (the Lord) and the spiritual idea (the Lamb) to be divine]) from which it has seemingly been lost, and the recovery of its unity with God (Principle).
“The parables of the wedding feast and the great supper teach us that only through a deep humility does mankind rise to this exalted, ultimate position. Principle’s purpose is to have its house filled with individuality which is dispossessed of personal aggrandizement. A tower is being built, Jesus says, and the cost which everyone must count before he can help to build is that of parting with the mortal sense of ego; otherwise he will be unable to finish what he has begun.
“The parables of the lost sheep, the lost piece of silver, the prodigal son, all tell of the restoration of an original owner of what has supposedly been lost. Humanity will be received ‘into everlasting habitations,’ even as Lazarus, the humble beggar, is received into the bosom of Abraham in heaven, while the materially rich Dives suffers far off in hell. The kingdom of God, to which man is restored through having unselfed the mortal ego, is neither here nor there physically, but within us spiritually.”
In St. Luke 17 Jesus heals the ten lepers. But only one turned back, with a loud voice, to glorify God.
“Jesus forecasts the coming of Christian Science. The healing Science of Christianity is the means whereby spiritual restoration, or spiritual recovery, actually takes place. He speaks of ‘the day when the Son of man is revealed,’ and likens it to the days of Noah. An ark of spiritual understanding will save man from the floods of corruption and the permanent reality of himself and his world will be born of the understanding.” It is during the second advent of Christ, during the Sixth Day of Truth, that the “Son of man is revealed” via a little book open (see Revelation 10). This book is Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy; she is the angel who descends from the bow in the cloud. This is the sign for the Arch of the Covenant between God, Noah and his Son’s of the Three Degrees. (See S&H 115)
Yet, Jesus also speaks about the fact that men and women were given in marriage before the flood (verse 27). Then in the next few verses he says, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” There was much corruption of morals in Sodom. Sodomy (homosexual proclivities of men) comes from the name of the city Sodom. If this is the case, then we should be particularly aware of these signs today. I do not hate homosexuals (I personally think that sex is wrong period – even between men and women – because the desire to have sex results in the BELIEF that there is sensation in matter), but I do think that Jesus understood that one of the signs of the end times was the rise of homosexuality among men and women!
Whoever is no longer kept prisoner in the material housing of a physical body [which seems to have sexual desire] must not return to it, nor go back to matter, nor look back at it (like Lot’s wife does). “Whoseoever shall seek to save his [material] life shall lose it [will die]; and whosoever shall lose his life [give up the material life voluntarily] shall preserve it [will find out they Live as spiritual being]” (verse 33 [My interpolations.]).
Jesus warns us, “I tell you, in that night [during this time of darkness] there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left” (verse 34). Are these two men homosexuals? By being taken, does Jesus mean that the one becomes the prisoner of the other? If so, what does it mean that the other man shall be left? Does it mean that the other man is a leftist? Are today’s “progressive” politicians in bed with the homosexual community? Is this the sign Jesus is telling us about here?
“Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left” (verse 35). Are these two women lesbians? Is the action of the two women “grinding together” sexual activity?
“Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” Here again we have the same idea being presented; are the two men in a field having sexual intercourse. Is this what Jesus really means?
And then in the final verse of chapter 17, they ask, “Where, Lord?” They want to know where they will be taken to. Jesus tells them, “Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.” Do these eagles eat the flesh of the body? Or do these eagles represent the citizens of the United States of America? If Jesus was speaking about homosexuality then it would point to our present time. Look at the Supreme Court’s decision on marriage between two men and two women (in June 2015). If Jesus was speaking about today we had best wake up!
The United States of America “was established as a Republic. Benjamin Franklin so stated when he was asked by a lady after the Constitutional Convention, ‘What kind of a government have we, Dr. Franklin?’ and he replied, ‘A Republic, madam, if we can keep it.’ Well, we kept it for about 115 years or up to about 1898 when the tendency to change into a democracy began to show itself. A Republic provides for the sovereignty of the individual, and as one historian says, ‘Throws around the individual the solemn circle of the law.’ Another writer says that the ‘individual is the pivotal point in the government of the Republic.’ This concept allows the individual to work out his own salvation without interference from the government. To insure the freedom of the individual, the Republic includes the principle of checks and balances. I might insert here that there is a definite similarity between the Constitution of the United States and the Manual of The Mother Church and the forms of government they set forth in their respective fields. [I bring attention to the word field – as two men were in the field] These two documents on this of comparative study would be a good thing to do this year [This was written in 1954. The same can be said for this year – 2015.].
“To return to my point, the essential principle of the Republic is its checks and balances among the three branches of government — legislative, judicial, and administrative. If these three branches are not kept in perfect check and balance each with the other, the Republic is in danger and the ensuing result of not maintaining the checks and balances is the loss of individual freedom. [Sorry to tell you this, but what the Supreme Court did in making their ruling on gay marriage was not being checked or balanced by the legislative and administrative branches.] For over fifty years [now 111 years] we have been gradually chipping away the rock on which our Republic was built, and in the last twenty years [91 years] particularly we have almost abandoned entirely the principle of checks and balances. Even today the executive [administrative] branch of the government is over-balanced and top-heavy. It is assuming too much power which should rightfully belong to the legislative branch. The executive branch endeavors to initiate what it thinks the people would like [I think this is more along the line of what special interest groups would like] instead of leaving the initiation of legislation to Congress and contenting itself with the administration of such legislation.
“We can see that the failure of our people to hew the line in maintaining the constitutional principles of the Republic, checks and balances, has resulted in the changing of our form of government in its practical application. With the form changed, we next find that the type of legislation enacted and insisted upon by the people themselves is completely contrary to our premise ‘perfect God and perfect man.’ Such things as social security, socialized housing, socialized medicine [this has led to today’s Obama care], subsidies; in fact, any interference in business or the lives of individuals conflicts with our perfect concept of God and man. Should the government do anything for the Individual? Do you believe the kingdom of God is within the individual or in the government? According to your answer to this question is your acceptance or rejection of the governmental laws just mentioned. [I might also ask, how many people have been brainwashed by the false teachings presented to them via the public school system?]
“Now we can see that the failure to hew to the line of understanding that the kingdom of God is within each individual has produced Socialism in our beloved America. Should we not be ashamed of ourselves as a nation to have failed our Founding Fathers in such a manner? As Christian Scientists we should be more ashamed for at least we have the Science of being clearly before us. Under no circumstances should any Christian Scientist have supported any of the foregoing pieces of legislation, and yet I am sorry to say our Movement was most remiss in not objecting. The average American has allowed the truth of his being to be neutralized instead of his neutralizing the error by insisting he can work out all these national problems from the premise of the Kingdom of God within him.” (The Perfection of the Individuality of God, Mind; Association Address by Mildred L. LeBlond, C.S.B.; reprinted on pages 13 and 14 of the T.I.C.S. [My interpolations.])
She does not go far enough. She needed to add that it is because Christian Scientists have not obeyed the Church Manual that the left wing has taken prisoner its partner that it got in bed with. For world affairs reflect church affairs. It is because Christian Scientists are afraid to stand up to their board of directors, because they fear excommunication, that world governments have gone in the direction it has – socialism and communism (opposites of Christian Science).
Is it because our civilization seems to have gone in the wrong direction the reason why the above interpretation of Jesus’ words even came to my thought? I will be honest; the above was not my first interpretation for this passage. So perhaps my second interpretation (the one above) is the counterfeit of my first interpretation? What is my first interpretation? It is this, by Jesus using the word “two” he is speaking of dualistic man and woman. That what appears to be a mortal/human coincidence happens to be a lie and that lie is taken away from conscious thought and what is left is the Son of man/woman who spiritually understands his/her human and divine coincidence. The words “bed, grinding, and field” could also be interpreted differently. Bed could be a reference to the earth – the Adam realm which needs to be spiritually translated and understood that earth reflects heaven, as above so below – God is omnipotent supreme. The act of grinding could be a reference to spiritual study, of hitting the books of God – the Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. And field could refer to those who practice the field known as Christian Science.
In St. Luke 18 Jesus speaks of a parable about a judge in a city where a widow came to him asking him to avenge her of her adversary. Is this widow Mary Baker Eddy? For a while the judge did nothing, even thou he did not fear God or regard man, but he decided to avenge the widow because he knew that she would keep coming to him. Then Jesus explains that God will avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them.
Next he speaks a parable unto the righteous who despised others. It is about two men who went into the temple to pray, one was a Pharisee and the other was a publican. The Pharisee said, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.” But the publican would not even lift up his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast and said, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” Jesus tells them that this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.”
Then they bring infants to him and again the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Suffer [permit] little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” (Remember the girl in the seventh illustration of Christ and Christmas? She is reading the Christian Science Textbook.)
Then a certain ruler asks, “Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus says, “Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.
“Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.”
The man tells Jesus that he has kept these Commandments from his youth. Jesus tells him that there is one other thing he must do, he must sell all that he has and distribute it to the poor, “then you will have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.”
When the man hears this he is sorrowful because he is very rich. So Jesus asks him, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needles’ eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25) Peter says that they have left all to follow him. “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” (Luke 18:29, 30)
Next Jesus says to the twelve disciples, “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: And they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.” But the twelve do not understand what he is telling them.
Then a blind man cries out, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.” Some tried to keep him from Jesus and he cried all the more.
“What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” Jesus asked.
“Lord, that I may receive my sight.”
“Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee.” And the man was healed and he followed Jesus and glorified God.
In chapter 19 a man named Zacchaeus, chief among the publicans, sought to see Jesus. So he climbed into a sycamore tree to see him. Jesus sees him and knows his name. He says, “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.”
Zacchaeus was probably a Levite because he was a chief publican (a tax collector). The people see Zacchaeus as a sinner (an unclean man) but his name spoke the Truth about his true nature, the nature that Jesus saw. His name means: “washed; cleansed; cleaned; clean; purified; clear; limpid; guileless; innocent; virtuous; just; righteous.” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary) He explains to Jesus, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
“This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” An aspect of Jesus’ mission was to save those who have been lost to sin, sickness, disease, and death.
Then Jesus gives them a parable of the nobleman because they felt that the kingdom of God should immediately appear. The nobleman is strict and well disciplined in the ways of God.
“The parable of the nobleman who goes into a far country to receive a kingdom, and of his servants whom he commands to make proper use of what he has given them before he comes again, reiterates the present persistent theme of working out the problem of salvation through the restoration of all things to Mind, God. The stumbling block is material riches; whereas the beggar for spiritual riches, blind to materiality, is healed of material blindness.
“In the final tone of Principle, Jesus ascends up in triumph to Jerusalem. At the descent [upon a colt] of the mount of Olives multitudes acclaim him. The coming ascension of Christ into heaven will lead, on the day of Pentecost, to the descension of generic man from heaven. No longer will the world be ‘a den of thieves.’ No longer will it appear as if man has been thieved from his rightful owner. The world will be cleansed, and will be a true ‘house of prayer’ for mankind.”
In chapter 20 Jesus is teaching the people in the temple and the chief priests and the scribes and the elders come to him asking by what authority does he do the things he does? Who is he that gave him this authority. Jesus asks about the baptism of John, his power “was it from heaven, or of men?” They are afraid to really answer, so they say they “could not tell whence it was.” (Verse 7) So Jesus does not tell them where his authority, to do the things he does, came from.
“As in Matthew and Mark, the parable of the wicked husbandmen tells of the rejection by priestcraft of the vineyard’s rightful heir [which of course is Christ Jesus]. Yet the stone [the Christ son] which these builders reject will become, in the end, the headstone of the corner. [Then they ask him if it is lawful for them to give tribute unto Caesar. He asks them to show him a penny. “Whose image and superscription hath it?” They answered and said, “Caesar’s.” And he responds, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.”] Then the great problems of resurrection, marriage, progeny [“The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection. Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.”], etc., which Jesus discusses in this part of the text, will be solved. [Chapter 21 begins with the widow woman, Mary Baker Eddy.] The need is to be like the poor widow woman who possesses nothing of her own, and casts her last two mites into the treasury.”
And some begin to speak of the temple being adorned with goodly stones and gifts. “‘There shall not be left one stone [of the temple of mortality] upon another, that shall not be thrown down,’ Jesus says. When ‘wars and commotions…fearful sights and great signs’ come to pass, a mouth of wisdom shall be given the true Christian, which all his adversaries ‘shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.’ The material sense of heaven and earth will inevitably pass away, but the ‘words’ that proceed out to the mouth of Principle, which are the stones of the true temple, and constitute the real heaven and earth, will never pass away.”
In verse 23 Jesus speaks of the near future when the Romans come to their city to destroy them. He says, “But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” I think that the Gentiles that trod down Jerusalem are the Romans. It was the Romans that waged war on the Jews, as well as, the Christians. The Gentiles of the last portion of the sentence speak of the Gentile Christians, only a small percentage of them are Romans. The fact is that the Gentiles that the last portion of the sentence is speaking of are the Gentiles found in Britain and Gaul (the Celts). These “Gentiles” are really the lost tribes of Israel, the ones who were taken into Assyrian captivity, and upon their release they traveled westward. The Romans waged war against the Brits to try and get rid of their religion, but it did not work. Many were killed on both sides; many Christians were tortured and killed by the Romans. But it would come to be by God’s design that the future Roman Emperor Constantine would be from the royal British bloodline. (I did not realize these facts until recently. It makes sense though, because Constantine’s story, along with his mother’s story, never made since to me if they were Roman citizens. I can totally accept that Constantine’s upbringing was in Christianity and why he would have a vision dream with Jesus telling him to use the cross in battle. Of course, I am not sure if he used the Celtic cross or the Latin cross. It also makes since as to why his mother, Helena, would have gone to Jerusalem to look for relics having to do with Jesus.) The first European church built to honor “The Way” of the Christ was in Britain.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud [as a divine messenger of God] with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Then he speaks of the fig tree (verse 29). “Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise, ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This [present?] generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” [My interpolation. The question that came to me is this – Is Jesus speaking about the present existent generation or is he saying that generation (having children via sex) will come to an end?]
“Jesus and his disciples eat the passover. Humanity must learn to pass over from mortality to immortality. This is done through spiritual translation of the old way of life, not its destruction, or death. We achieve this translation in the measure that each one eats (understands) the Christ-body as constituting his own body.”
The disciples begin to wonder which one of them will be greatest. Jesus explains, “The things of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Jesus is speaking of a future time because the ten lost tribes of Israel are not in the land of Judea at this time; they are elsewhere in the world. (See the book The Drama of the Lost Disciples.)
Now Jesus, as the Lord, speaks to Simon, not Peter – the rock. Simon is religious ecclesiastical despotism. “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Simon says, “Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.”
Now Jesus is speaking directly to Simon’s higher consciousness. “I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me.”
Then Jesus reminds them of when he sent them out to heal; he did so without any material supplies. He asks them if they lacked anything? They say, “Nothing.” Then he says to them, “But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.”
And they said, “Lord, behold, here are two swords.”
And he said to them, “It is enough.”
Then they go to the mount of Olives. Jesus tells them, “Pray that ye enter not into temptation.” He goes away to pray, he is “a stone’s cast” from them. And of course, in St. Luke, an angel appears unto Jesus, giving him strength.
“Gethsemane sees the final surrender of human endeavour and human will to the one divine will.”
When he returns to his students they are asleep. “Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” Jesus is concerned about them! Then comes a multitude, and Judas (one of the twelve disciples) came near Jesus to kiss him. Jesus says, “Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss?” Notice he says “Son of man.” In Christianity we have the Son constantly being spoken of, whether it be the Son of God or the Son of man.
One of the men, here it does not say that this man is Peter, has a sword and he cuts off the right ear of a servant of the high priest. Jesus says, “Suffer ye thus far.” And he touches the man’s ear, and heals him.” The reason why the ear is healed in Luke is explained by Brown, “The myth of an original willful rebellion of man against God yields to the absolute oneness of Principle and idea.” This is the only Gospel where the reader is told that Jesus heals the ear.
Jesus points out that these men have come during the darkness of night to take hold of him when they could have taken him anytime that he was at the temple during the day. I feel that what he is really saying is that these men are being handled by mesmerism and have failed to see God’s light (Mind as All-in-all).
Then Luke goes into Peter’s three denials of knowing the Christ.
A certain maid says, “This man was also with him.”
1) “Woman, I know him not.”
After a little while another saw him, and said, “Thou art also of them.”
2) “Man, I am not.”
In about the space of an hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, “Of a truth this fellow was with him: for he is a Galilaean [of the circle].” [My interpolation.]
3) “Man, I know not what thou sayest.”
“And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.” And the Lord turned and looked at Peter and he remembers what the Lord told him about the cock and his three denials. Peter left and wept bitterly. It is interesting that in St. Luke after the cock crows for the third time that Jesus actually turns to look at Peter.
Then Jesus is mocked and smote. They blindfold him and strike his face and say, “Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?”
Then the chief priests and scribes ask him, “Art thou the Christ?”
“If I tell you, ye will not believe: And if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God.”
“Art thou then the Son of God?”
“Ye say that I am.”
“What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.”
Jesus is then taken to Pilate, but when Pilate hears that Jesus is of Galilee he sends him off to Herod (who is in Jerusalem at this time), for Galilee (the wheel) is under Herod’s jurisdiction (is in the outer land, the objective thought). Because Herod has been wanting to see Jesus for a long time he is glad to see Jesus. He asks Jesus many questions but Jesus does not answer them. His men put Jesus in a robe and send him off to Pilate. And this day Pilate and Herod become friends. Pilate finds no fault in Jesus so he says that he will chastise him and release him. “(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.) And they cried out all at once, saying, Away with this man, and release unto us Barabas: (Who for a certain sedition made in the city, and for murder, was cast into prison.)”
“Mass mesmerism, generated in the so-called collective unconscious, causes the mob to identify itself with the murderer Barabbas (‘son of a father’ which is the devil mortal mind) rather than with Christ (the Son of God). [St. Luke also mentions Simon (ecclesiastical despotism) a Cyrenian as being told to bear the cross for Jesus. (See my post on St. Mark to read more on this topic.] St. Luke alone reports Jesus, on the way to the crucifixion, as turning to the daughters of Jerusalem with the words: ‘Weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare[, and the paps which never give suck].’” Women must give up having material children via sexual activity.
“In the dream of life in matter the Son of God is crucified between two robbers – a temporal past, and a temporal future – belief in organic birth and belief in organic death. Past regrets and future fears rob mortals of the living now. Animal magnetism, inseparable from the myth of time, supposedly robs God of His Son, and murders him. Not the Son of God, but the world’s belief in mortal sonship [the Son of man] is what suffers, is crucified, and dies.” The Christ, therefore, is the Son of God, while Jesus is the Son of man (or woman). This could further be explained in that God is Mind (with the capital M), so the Christ is the Son of Mind, while man meaning “mind” with a small “m” means Son of mind (the mind that reflects divine Mind).
Jesus says, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” And they parted his raiment, and cast lots. The rulers deride Jesus (verse 35) and the soldiers mock him (v. 36). In verse 37 it is said, “If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.” Then verse 38 speaks of the sign “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS” being written in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.
Then one of the malefactors that was hanged, railed on him, said, “If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.” But the other rebuked him, “Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou are in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Then Jesus said, “Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” And it was about the sixth hour when a darkness comes over all the earth until the ninth hour. The sun was dark and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst. (Verses 39-45)
Jesus cries out with a loud voice, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” And Jesus gave up the ghost (personal sense in matter). And a centurion glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous man.” (Verses 46-47)
“Luke lays great emphases on the women. These ‘followed after,’ ‘beheld the sepulchre…how his body was laid,’ and came and ‘found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.’ That which rolls the tone from the mouth of the tomb is woman’s understanding of scientific obstetrics – the workings of the matrix calculus of life.”
It is interesting that W. Gordon Brown understands that there is a circular matrix calculus of life, for it is from him that I gained the understanding of the Unity Matrix (the circular matrix calculus of life.) However, I altered his Unity Matrix (my name) slightly so that it correlated with Window of the Open Book. I never saw any work by him where this was done, nor did he ever give a Unity Matrix for the sixteen chapters of Science and Health as I have done. Most of Doorly’s students (Brown is one of Doorly’s students) do not understand the Unity Matrix and stick to the Network Matrix. But you cannot use the Network Matrix all the time or in all instances.
St. Luke says, in verses 50 – 54, that it is Joseph of the city of Arimathaea, a counsellor; who is a good and just man, went to Pilate and begged for Jesus’ body. Joseph is given permission and he takes down and wraps Jesus’ body in linen and lays it in a sepulchre that was hewn with stone where no man had ever been laid before, so it is a virgin tomb. Joseph of Arimathaea is Jesus’ great uncle, he is the youngest brother of Mary’s father. Joseph not only had a place in the Temple but he was also a senator for Rome and he was a merchant who brought tin and led from the British Isle.
And the Sabbath day “drew on.” The final two verses of the chapter tell of the women who came with him from Galilee (from the circle) and anointed his body.
In chapter 24:1 women return on the first day [Mind] of the week, very early in the morning and they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. They entered in but could not find the body of Jesus. In St. Luke there are two men standing by them in shining garments. “And they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them [the two angels say to the women], Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered Jesus’ words then returned from the sepulchre and told all these things to the eleven disciples (which are apostles) and to all the rest of the disciples. Verse 10 is specific, “It was Mary Magdalene, and Joanna, and Mary the mother of James, and other women that were with them, which told these things unto the apostles.” But the men do not believe the women. But Peter did run to the sepulchre, and stooping down, he saw the linen clothes laid by themselves. He left wondering about what had come to pass. When Peter stooped down he finally yielded and submitted to the Truth that death is illusion.
“On the walk to Emmaus, in the light of the resurrection, the disciples [two disciples] see the risen Jesus for the first time. During this walk, he opens their understanding that they might understand the scriptures, and all slowness of heart and lack of spiritual perception disappears. This is the moment when, ‘beginning at Moses and all the prophets’ he expounds to them ‘in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.’ As we have found throughout our Biblical journey, the Scriptures, in their scientific meaning, reveal pre-eminently ‘the spiritual origin of man’ (S&H 534:7). Truly, the foursquare matrix of immortality is the Key to the Science of the Bible. The crucifixion having rent in twain the veil of the temple (body), the disciples, at the resurrection, enter the understanding of the origin and ultimate of man.”
One of the two disciples is named Cleopas. The Metaphysical Bible Dictionary says of Cleopas: “A faculty of mind not yet awakened fully to spiritual understanding. It has heard the Truth: Cleopas was a follower of Jesus; he had walked and talked with Him, but he had never affirmed as his own the Truth that Jesus taught. Through the blessing and breaking of bread his eyes were opened—his comprehension was cleared—and he realized the Truth as his own.
“The bread represents the pure spiritual substance of the resurrected body, and it is appropriated by positive affirmations. When man, through his I am, makes positive affirmations of his oneness with life and of his own divine sonship, all his inner faculties and states of consciousness are awakened; he thus comes into the blessedness of knowing the God within him as his renowned father, the source of all the good that he can conceive of or desire.”
We cannot forget that it was of most importance that Jesus quoted Scriptural prophecy to these two men; they had to comprehend Jesus’ true importance in the fulfillment of Bible prophecy!
“At the point of the Glossary in Science and Health, the Key to the Scriptures has turned in the lock and the door into the Bible is open. The translation of the Bible’s literal, surface meaning into its profound spiritual meaning (as taught by the Glossary) signifies the restoration of the entire human concept to God. The Glossary, therefore, relates to the operation of Christianity. This is why, in the Glossary, the synonymous terms for God are in the Christianity order. Inevitably, Luke’s Christianity Gospel closes on the note of Jesus’ revelation to the disciples of the original meaning of the Scriptures.”
“God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.” (S&H 587:5-8) Is it possible that this definition could mean that God is – the Word as the Word, the Word as the Christ, the Word as Christianity, the Word as Science, the Christ as the Word, the Christ as the Christ, the Christ as Christianity, the Christ as Science, Christianity as the Word, Christianity as the Christ, Christianity as Christianity, Christianity as Science, Science as the Word, Science as the Christ, Science as Christianity, and Science as Science?
The two disciples return to Jerusalem and find the eleven. They say, “The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.” And they told them what had happened. And as they spoke Jesus stood in the middle of them. They think it is his spirit (a ghost). He tells them to examine his hands and feet that it is himself, “for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.” (Verse 39)
Jesus asks for meat, and they give him a piece of broiled fish and a honeycomb. And he ate it. He tells them that the words he spoke to them while he was with them were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning him (all prophecy that had to do with him had to be fulfilled). Then he opened up their understanding to the Scriptures. “Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.
“And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Verses 42-49)
Jesus leads them out as far as to Bethany before he ascends. In this instance I feel that Bethany means: “place where crossings are made” (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary). To material belief men cross over to the other side when they die, and this is the town where Lazarus died. But Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and now Jesus will mentally ascend to heaven, home, harmony because he lives with God as one Principle and idea. Jesus Christ appears to cross over to heaven (to go someplace up in space) when he ascends, but this is only an illusion. Christ Jesus is still present, he has not gone anywhere.
“The description of the ascension reads as follows; ‘And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.’ This is Luke’s final word on the restoration of all things to Principle. But such parting is the evidence of the senses only. The teaching of Christian Science is that ‘Soul never saw the Saviour come and go, because the divine idea is always present’ (Un 59:17). Man never fell from grace, necessitating restoration.”
And the disciples worship Jesus and return to Jerusalem (the city of peace – heaven, home, harmony) with great joy; where they continually praised and blessed God in the temple (Christ body). Amen.
To be continued to St. John – Part 4a…
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 Ibid; p. 294
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 Ibid, pages 294 and 295; [My interpolation.]
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 Ibid, pages 295 and 296
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