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GEMs of Christ Jesus — what they Mean to YOU & the World!
GEMs = God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you to sparkle brightly with insights from Cobbey Crisler & others as inspired by God and
The Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for Sunday, December 24, 2023

(Cobbey’s insights are shared with the blessing of Janet Crisler janetcrisler7@gmail.com)
by Warren Huff, CedarS Executive Director Emeritus,
warren@cedarscamps• 314-378-2574


BRING the comforting CARE of the Good Shepherd to ALL YOU DO!
Cobbey Crisler prelude from John 10:7-10 for John 10:27, 28 (Golden Text) “My sheep hear my voice & …follow me.”  +S&H 315:3-7, 32-7.

[Cobbey:] “Chapter 10. Not too many of us keep sheep anymore.  So, this is a lost simile on the twentieth century. Should we be keeping sheep in the real meaning of it? What could you and I do more about our job, our home, our world, our political situation, our community, and church, if we introduced more of the shepherd motive into all of them?
“John 10:13 shows the difference between the shepherd-motive and the hireling’s motive who was working just for pay. “The hireling fleeth, because that’s all he was working for is money.” Where’s the difference?  “He doesn’t care.
“Let’s ask ourselves the question, do we care?  If we care, that’s the shepherd motive.  Jesus cared.  He walked in the midst of the dissolute, the despairing, the injured, the grieved, and the broken in heart as well as in body.  And nobody knew why he did it. The upper classes, those who didn’t have similar problems, wondered why he was with the publicans and sinners.  But he said that “the whole didn’t need a physician” (Matt. 9:12; Mark 4:23; Luke 5:31).
He apparently contemplated an Israel in prophecy which the existing Israel, the establishment, had not remotely seen.
He saw the Israel in prophecy which is exactly in accord with Jeremiah’s prediction of the new covenant and Isaiah’s. The new Israel would be composed of those whose needs had been met, where the recipients were, no class, no mass, no private sector, no ghetto, but receptivity gathering the sons and daughters together.  They are gathered to prove what is possible on earth as in heaven.  The shepherd motive of caring brings us into that new Israel.”

“Jesus says that he is the Shepherd and he also says he is the door.  It may look like he is confused.  Let me give you an example of how he isn’t.  When my wife and I were in Israel, we stopped in a place between Jerusalem and Bethany.  I saw what I thought was an unattended flock of sheep.  There was also a rock wall with one door or gate.  It was an almost complete square.  As I wandered around, I was suddenly surprised by the shepherd whom I had disturbed.  He rose up.  He was stretched across that entry way, getting a few winks. 

     “Right there I had illustrated what Jesus meant in John 10: 2, 11, 14, “I am the shepherd” and in John 10: 7, 9, “I am the door.”  Now there was no confusion at all.  With the sheep inside an enclosure and the only possible entrance of wild animals or thieves being that door, you had to get through the shepherd in order to get to the sheep.  The shepherd was also the door.
John 10:27, 28 (Golden Text) “My sheep hear my voice… and they follow me.”       

“In Mary Baker Eddy’s poem, “Feed My Sheep”, there is the statement, “I will listen for Thy voice.” [Hymn 304] While we were down in that area of Beersheba, we saw many sheep all mixed together.  I said to Janet, ‘I wonder how the shepherd is ever going to sort out his sheep.  They’re all just mingled together.’  …  It wasn’t very long before our shepherd separated himself from the crowd, walked away.  He never looked over his shoulder at the mixed-up sheep— but made some kind of identifying click or clack of his tongue or voice. 
“Do you know that every one of his sheep separated themselves from that flock and followed him?!  He never doubted.  He never looked back.  The sheep did their job.  The sheep knew his voice.  “I will listen for Thy voice.”  These lessons are things that in the busy moments of our own twentieth century we need to contemplate.  They’re not just symbols.  They’re not done just as ancient history.  They’re attitudes.  These listening and follow lessons are states of mind and thought.  This is something we often need to consider.” 

Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,”
B. Cobbey Crisler**


[Join in]
“The Adoration of Innocence”
by Peter Henniker-Heaton
(inspired the Nativity story in
Matthew 1 & 2/Responsive Reading

“And entering now the humble house within,
science, theology, medicine,
lay down their triple empire at his feet
of him they come to greet.

“The kind physician brings his gift of myrrh;
no more he needs it for the sepulcher.
This babe, who set aside the ways of birth,
shall triumph over death.

“The theologian, keen and wise and shrewd,
lays frankincense before the cradle rude;
for here to all his deepest mysteries
the quiet answer lies.

“And physics last, sifting the evidence
with careful honesty and commonsense,
lays down its wealth.  Its eyes at last behold
the substance of its gold.

“Whether from camelback these kings alight
or come in aircraft throbbing through the night,
they stoop and enter through the lowly door
to bow the babe before.”


THE WORD COMES “AS IN HEAVEN, SO ON EARTH!” –
Cobbey on John 1:12, 13/cit. B3 – “the Word made flesh” … as a unique model for mankind

[Cobbey Crisler on John 1:12, 13/cit. B3] “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God… which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
“Again, does it tie in with Genesis 1? Are we suddenly seeing that when in Genesis 1, which we know the author has in mind here in this chapter (Genesis 1:26), man is declared categorically to be in the image and likeness of God?

“The author here saying that image and likeness is not “composed of blood, nor) can it be identified as having emerged because of a fleshly or carnal desire, or from human will, but directly from God.”  Don’t go bumping along on a detour to get to God.  There’s a theology that certainly clears out a good number of obstructions, if it’s valid, if it’s something we can use, and  not pie-in-the-sky metaphysically speaking.

“To show that it isn’t pie-in-the-sky, John 1:14 (bonus after citation B8) introduces the word “made flesh,” lived, illustrated, exemplified; it’s been done, it’s not just theory. The thought has been uttered in human experience, in life. Human life itself has seen this Word fulfilled. Was he the vanguard, the way shower?

“He is called in Verse 14, almost in contradiction to what I’m saying, that he was “the only begotten of the Father.”  That seems fairly exclusive, doesn’t it?  Since it would also contradict Verse 12 where it refers to “sons of God,” it just must be something in the translation we’re missing, the intent: You can’t have sons of God and have one son being the only begotten. That would be mixed-up theology right in the beginning in a book that we are saying is extremely clear and close to Jesus own thought.   

 So, what have we got? The Greek word “mono genes” doesn’t mean “only begotten.” If it has any meaning that we can express in English, it could be “unique,” in the sense that he was representing the original man as a model.  In other words, the only real man that God could ever beget.”
“John, the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


LIKE JESUS DID, early, and for every occasion,
COMMIT YOURSELF to “be about your Father’s business!”
GOD’S BRILLIANCE AND GRACE WILL BE UPON YOU ALSO!
Cobbey Crisler on Jesus’ use of the rabbinical method with the rabbis in Luke 2:40-52/cit. B5 & referenced in cit. S8/52:1-2

[Cobbey on Jesus as a brilliant 12-year-old using the rabbinical method:] “We’re told in Verse 40 that ‘The child grew and waxed strong in spirit.’ The next thing and the last thing we know and learn about Jesus in the infancy period concludes chapter 2.  Jesus is in the temple discussing with the rabbis who were schooled in every literal word of the law.  We find in Verse 46 that not only was Jesus listening to them, but also was asking them questions.  That is the rabbinical method.  Rabbis did that among themselves.  They did that with their students.  For them to hear a twelve-year-old boy utilizing the rabbinical method, brilliantly dealing with Scriptural exegesis, must have fascinated them, to say the least.  For three days this phenomenon was observed…”
Luke the Researcher, by Cobbey Crisler


LIKE JESUS, FIND ONENESS WITH GOD “AS A HUMBLE RAY OF SUNLIGHT THAT IS ONE WITH THE SUN” from cits. B6, John 10:30 & as expounded in S&H, pp. 315:3 &  361:16

[Cobbey wrote:] “In John 10:30 (cit. B6, cit. S6, 315:3-7, 32-7) is Jesus’ great statement, “I and my Father are one.”  If this is from the Aramaic, then, the Aramaic word would give the meaning, “I and my Father are in accord.”
Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,”
B. Cobbey Crisler**

“as a humble ray of sunlight that is one with the sun”
from cits. B6, John 10:30 & 315:3 & 361:16 as sung in “I and My Father” Music Video on YouTube

Below is a YouTube link to an inspiring song by a CedarS mom and award-winning Country Music artist, Cherie Brennan. It emphasizes the “I and my Father are one” mindset of Christ Jesus and mentioned in this week’s Bible Lesson citation B7, John 10:30 & SH, 315:3. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZMNlpZavkA

You can learn more about Cherie and buy her CD “You are Loved” (“I and My Father” is the 4th song) on her website through Spotify at: https://open.spotify.com/album/3Ii5CBrdNs6f8Y3t4l5XHl

 Or, on Watchfire Music by CedarS friend, Peter Link, — LISTEN TO A SAMPLE of “I and my Father are one” SUNG by Mindy Jostyn and BUY IT and the SHEET MUSIC for SOLOISTS at: https://watchfiremusic.com/shop/recordings/songs/i-and-my-father-are-one-2/


SEE GOD all over (& over all) by APPLYING Jesus’ PRINCIPLES of Heavenly HAPPINESS with mathematical certainty!  Cobbey on the Beatitudes (around cit. B7/Mt. 5:5)

Scene from “The Chosen” of Jesus’ early morning sharing the Beatitudes with Matthew as “a Map, where people should look (for others of this happy set) to find me”   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5OnF3sg0cY
with application examples for each one.

[Cobbey Crisler:] “The Beatitudes, the blessings. The word “blessed” in our sermon on the mount is not really the accurate translation of the Greek. The word is “makarios” which means “happy.”
Just think of the search for happiness among humanity. Here are rules laid down by Jesus simply stating that happiness can be obtained in the following ways…
… we should remember that Jesus never uttered anything that he hadn’t practiced.
The Sermon on the Mount is in essence a description of the life of Jesus…
The Sermon begins with the Beatitudes. (Verse 3). “Happy are the poor in spirit.” Doesn’t sound like they should be happy, does it? But we find out the reason. Because such humility gets what results? And where is the kingdom of heaven? What was Jesus’ first announcement? “Right at hand” (Matt. 4:17). Later he says, “Within” (Luke 17:21 & SH 476: 28-32 & 248:29).

“We’ve talked about mathematics. How would you like to view Jesus as a mathematician par excellence? You can take his beatitudes and make equations out of them. Which shows how much of a mathematical thinker he was. For instance,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Thus, B x PS = KH. When you invest on the left side of the equation, what is the yield on the right side? The “Kingdom of Heaven.” “B” multiplied times “PS” equals “KH,” i.e., B x PS = KH.
“You have measurable results. Do you see a difference here in Jesus’ approach to religion?  … here is the essence of Jesus’ thinking. And we have results…”
“… As you go down the Beatitude, read them all, scan them as they are in front of you. See if you can find results in every one of them. See if you can analyze them for those results. That becomes a very practical clue for how to lead one’s life.
The Commandments and Beatitudes have often been placed side by side. Many parallels have been used. Is that justified?
For instance, we are told in the Book of Revelation that those who have overcome the beast will stand on the sea of glass with harps. They’re singing two things representative of what has been given them. The victory over the beast, the animal origin of man.
How can we overcome that animal connection?
Those who have overcome are said to be singing two things: the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb. That sounds like they’re inseparable. They operate together. Do you know why? Because it’s part of the heavenly mathematics.

“Why did the Commandments say, “Thu shalt not,” taking care of the minus aspects in human nature? And the Beatitudes, “happy are they” that do certain things, take care of the plus? What do you do with the minus in thought, the chaff? It is dealt with by fire. You deal with the plus in thought through the Holy Ghost. They operate together for a single purpose and a unique commitment to the totality of One infinite, God, good. The Beatitudes must be considered in conjunction with the Commandments in your study.

“These Beatitudes took the same forty days preparation of Jesus in the wilderness as the Commandments took forty days of preparation in the wilderness for Moses. It may take the same wilderness experience for you and me to really appreciate what really is there behind the Commandments and the Beatitudes. They are really the staff on which we lean. If we try to go very far without that staff it must discipline us. [Discipline is] The same root word as disciple. We must come back and learn how to deal with the plus factors and the minus factors in our own thinking. That’s the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire…

“Let me make recommendations for your own research. I have previously assigned my high school students to see on their own, through their own Scriptural research, whether there was any Old Testament precedent for each Beatitude. In other words, is this something that Jesus is saying, “Hey, here is a new idea of humanity, why don’t you consider it?” Or was he pointing out stones already in the foundation that had been neglected?

“These are interesting things. I’ll give you one as a lead. Verse 5 of chapter 5 , “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” You’ll see in Psalm 37, Verse 11, that almost word for word, we find that Beatitude there.

“So, you see, it’s not always being original, but recalling human attention to something that has been already revealed, already discovered, but essential to our progress and growth.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


BONUS: Beatitudes Podcasts made by former Christian Science lecturer Susie (Rynerson) Jostyn and Bible Scholar, Barry Huff, before his advance degrees as a . Here’s on the christianscience.com website is their intro to the 3rd  Beatitude from citation B7, Matthew 5:5:
“Is meekness a weakness, or is it a quiet knowing and strength?
 Bible scholar Barry Huff and  explore how a deeper understanding of meekness brings fresh insights to this beatitude. Part 4 of 9 of the Beatitudes audio series.  Click here (or below) for a link to all these Beatitude videos and scroll down to the 3rd Beatitude on meekness.

https://www.christianscience.com/youth/preteens


“LOVE INTO VIEW” OUR SHEPHERD’S DIVINE SUPPLY AS INEXHAUSTIBLE!

Cobbey’s insights on Mark’s version that records Jesus’ mindset before he fed the multitude.  “And Jesus sees that “they were as sheep not having a shepherd.” (Mark 6:34/cit. B9)

[Cobbey Crisler continues:] “Look up that comment and you will find it in the Old Testament.  Then read around it in the Old Testament to get the context of it.  You will hardly find a statement by Jesus that does not have an Old Testament root or precedent, which is why he is always saying, “It is written.”  But, many of the times when he doesn’t say it-is-written, it is implied.

 [Cobbey continues:] “The only so-called miracle in all four gospels is the feeding of the “five thousand,” Verses 35-44.  I put it in quotes because they were only counting the men.  Out of the little boy’s lunch box comes five loaves and two fishes.  We hear that from the gospel of John Chapter 6, Verse 13.  They feed a multitude.  Now we have a lesson on economics given to us by the Master.  He didn’t regard that as a problem either.  No Malthusian limitation on man that we’re going to outgrow our supply, and, therefore, we should kill off sectors of the human race in order to meet the supply.  That’s Malthus and his philosophy of necessity. 

But we find Jesus saying (in a similar Shepherd mindset in Matthew 14:14/cit. B18) in Matthew 14:16, “They need not depart.”  Malthus says they need to be killed, but Jesus is saying, “They need not depart.”

Mark 6.37.  The disciples say it would be impossible to feed the multitude, that it would take about “two hundred pennyworth.”  The group was considerably more than five thousand if you count the women and the children. 

What Jesus said to all the disciples made them become part of the remedy.  Twelve baskets were taken around.  There were twelve disciples.  Each one was made to participate in the abundant result and learn from it.  They started out with only five loaves and two fishes.  They ended up with more fragments left over than they had when they started out.  More available.  That’s divine economics.  It doesn’t exhaust.”
“What Mark Recorded,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[W: Click here for a BONUS application idea that shares a modern-day, loaves-and-fishes, example of divine supply as an amazing and quick answer to a humble prayer made with “an absolute faith that all things are possible to God, a spiritual understanding of Him, an unselfed love.” (SH 1:1)]


SEE & FOLLOW the SECRET & SOURCE of EVERYTHING that JESUS THOUGHT & DID!  He knows where his power comes from “The Son of Man can do nothing of himself.” Cobbey on John 5:19/cit. B10)

[Cobbey Crisler writes:] “John 5:19 is Jesus’ famous statement, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.”  Taking this apart, it really gives you what man’s role is.  What is it?  It’s reflection.  It’s image.
Man is not original in what he does.  What he does stems from the original which is God.  Then it reflects originality.  Otherwise there would be competition for the job of Creator.  Under monotheism there is no possibility for such competition (“For what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”)
He took the Son of Man through every problem that the world could hurl at him and proved that even the Son of Man can be victorious and not a creature of circumstances when the understanding of his true nature as the Son of God can be applied.
Our understanding of the Son of Man and the Son of God, and the difference, might be heightened by realizing that the Christ comes to the Son of Man.  The Christ doesn’t come to the Son of God because the Christ really presents the Son of God.
We’re on the human side of things, who feel the foot of domination on our necks from outside circumstances.  Is that where the Son of Man belongs?  Notice the argument of Bildad in the book of Job… It uses the very same phrase that Jesus does, elevating him way above the outlines of fleshly domination.  So, “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do.”  Why?
John 5:20, “The Father loves the Son.”
John 5:30.  The same point is repeated, “I can of mine own self do nothing.”  Is this false humility or is Jesus actually giving us the facts straight out?  What is the secret and source of everything he thought or did?  What is the obstacle then between us and following Jesus?  There’s something in there.  Some kind of different concept of our selfhood than what he had.  His was so transparent that there was nothing obstructing his at-one-ment with God, even on earth.  His summons to us is to follow his example and shows his own expectation that we’re equipped to do it. So, we’re equipped to receive and to act on the instructions given us via communication.  All we need to do is tune in.
We’re coming to understand Jesus’ view of himself, and where he thinks this authority originates, “The Son of Man can do nothing of himself.”
(John 5:19)
“John, the Beloved Disciple”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Be a humble HEALER like CHRIST with a Meek Mind-Set of One-ness!

[Warren Huff:] Mary Baker Eddy made Christian Science a religion based on the Bible and its promises.
In her textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, she quotes the Bible 60 times just in the opening 20-page chapter on “Prayer.”

In another Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson in just the following one-sentence citation she makes at least three Biblical allusions/references.  “Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him, man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.”  (SH 467:13).  In this sentence Mary Baker Eddy refers not only the first commandment about having no other gods (Exodus 20:3) and to man being the “likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26), but also to “having that mind which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5/cit. B12)


EXPERIENCE “GROWTH in GRACE”!

Grace was CedarS one-word metaphysical theme for 2021. We love that Mary Baker Eddy said that “the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace” is “what we most need” and that she spelled out how we can express it “in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” (citation S13, 4:3-5)  One way to think about grace is as a deep sense of God’s unconditional love.  Grace is not something we have to earn or deserve.  Grace – affording abundant joy, loving-kindness, mercy, and gratitude – is a gift, freely received and freely given!

Here are some of the citations we loved to study and apply:

“Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections” (SH p. 17)

“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17)

Grace and Truth are potent beyond all other means and methods.” (SH p. 67)

“God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (II Corinthians 9:8)

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”  (Colossians 4:6)

“The miracle of grace is no miracle to Love.”  (SH 494:15/)

“But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, long suffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.” (Psalm 86:15)

“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” (cit. S13, SH p. 4:3-5)

We invite you to explore many more references to grace (plus more to gracious):

  • 159 references in the Bible to grace
  • 73 references in the writings of Mary Baker Eddy
  • 93 references in the Christian Science Hymnal
  • over 25,000 references in JSH Online

We expect and see the simplicity of “growth in grace” bring about many healings for campers, staff, cabins, families, countries, and the world.  With many issues facing the world today, there seem to be no viable human solutions, and yet, we have grace – and grace always wins!


TAKE the COMMERCIALISM OUT OF CHURCH and put into CHURCH the HEALING OF THOSE IN NEED. Cobbey Crisler on citation B16, Matthew 21:12-14, + prelude v. 8-10:

(W. Here’s a prelude of verses that show why “all the city was moved” and what Jesus did next as a proclaimed Messiah to take the commercialism out of church and put into it the healing of those in need.)
[Cobbey writes
:]“Chapter 21 begins… Jesus’ final week.
Dr. Bull… said, “There is no real record that Jesus ever rode anywhere except here in this specific instance, implying that he mostly walked.  But here there was a special reason.”… When he gets near Jerusalem, Bethphage… he didn’t really have to ride, in other words, it was a short distance.  But he does.  When he gets there, we have the incident which has since been called Palm Sunday.  (Verse 8). “Branches cut down.” (Verse 9). “And multitudes saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.”
In searching the Old Testament, when Solomon was crowned king, he rode into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey and was greeted by the people almost exactly by the same language.  I introduce this point in this book because it’s the first time I’ve seen it suggested in print.  My question is, was Jesus aware that this very simple exercise would have brought to the minds of the people that here was another son of David, perhaps the Messiah, entering Jerusalem?  Because Solomon was the son of David and was greeted in that same way.  It may have been the simplest way to convey to the general populace the concept of the Messiah.
(Verses 10, 11).  “And when he entered in all the city was moved, saying, Who is this? And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”]

[Cobbey on citation B16/Matthew 21] “(Verse 12). “Jesus throws the money changers out of the temple.”  Notice that what he does redefines religion, takes the commercialism out of church.
(Verse 13). Quoting the Old Testament (Isaiah 56:7), “My house shall be called a house of prayer.”
(Verse 14).  Once crass commercialism has been ejected, “he welcomes in those in need of healing.”  It is almost the first major declaration that the church would have a large portion of its mission healing those in need.  Not the turning away and just simply social service identifying Christianity.  Not those sitting outside the temple at the gates and begging for alms and people contributing to an income that would just help sustain their injury.  But rather welcoming that one into the church and solving his physical problem through healing.”    
Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master: A Tax Collector’s Report , by B. Cobbey Crisler


CHERISH a CHRISTLY COMPASSION to HEAL & FEED OTHERS — & have DOMINION!
Cobbey Crisler on Matthew 14:14+ (1st verse in citation B18)

[Cobbey:] Matthew 14: Verse 14 (similar to Matt. 15:30) “But the multitudes followed him.” Instead of saying, “Look, will you let a man be alone for once,” he turned around with compassion and healed their sick.”
(Verse 15-20). And out comes the famous loaves-and-fishes incident in which everyone is fed, with a balance left over despite the fact that we’re dealing with thousands of people. …
And, right after this (Verses 24-33) we have the walking-on-the-sea incident.”
“Book of Matthew, Auditing the Master, A Tax-Collector’s Report,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**

[Warren:] A concomitant idea: Find in divine economics that our Shepherd’s supply is inexhaustible, because “LOVE IS, LIKE 5 LOAVES AND 2 FISHES—ALWAYS TOO LITTLE, UNTIL YOU START GIVING IT AWAY!” (See a Download at the bottom of the online version of these GEMs this message on my t-shirt above an ancient artist’s representation of it in ceramic tile. I got it in January 2020 on a Principia Lifelong Learning trip to the Holy Lands, led by our Bible professor son, Dr. Barry Huff.)

Cobbey Crisler on Mark 6:35-44 (similar to Matthew 14:14-21/cit. B18 and Matt. 15:30-38)
[Cobbey:] “The only so-called miracle in all four gospels is the feeding of the “five thousand,” (and also one this week of the feeding of the four thousand”) Mark, Verses 35-44. I put it in quotes because they were only counting the men. Out of the little boy’s lunch box comes five loaves and two fishes. We hear that from the gospel of John Chapter 6, Verse 13. They feed a multitude. Now we have a lesson on economics given to us by the Master. He didn’t regard that as a problem either. No Malthusian limitation on man that we’re going to outgrow our supply, and, therefore, we should kill off sectors of the human race in order to meet the supply. That’s Malthus and his philosophy of necessity. But we find Jesus saying instead in Matthew 14:16, “They need not depart.” Malthus says they need to be killed, but Jesus is saying, “They need not depart.”

“Mark 6.37. The disciples say it would be impossible to feed the multitude, that it would take about “two hundred pennyworth.” The group was considerably more than five thousand if you count the women and the children.

“What Jesus said to all the disciples made them become part of the remedy. Twelve baskets were taken around. There were twelve disciples. Each one was made to participate in the abundant result and learn from it. They started out with only five loaves and two fishes. They ended up with more fragments left over than they had when they started out. More available. That’s divine economics. It doesn’t exhaust.”
“What Mark Recorded,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**

BONUS video of an episode of the popular show “The Chosen” that dramatizes the distribution of the 5 loaves and 2 fish.


OUR WHOLENESS UNDER GOD’S WHOLENESS DOESN’T ALLOW FOR “A GAP CALLED BLINDNESS!” Cobbey Crisler on Matt. 20:30-34/cit. B19 similar to cases of blindness healed in Mark 10:46-52 & Luke 10:35-43

“In Chapter 10 of Mark, Verse 46, “They come to Jericho; and the healing of blind Bartimaeus” who [in Verse 47] calls and calls and all of his friends and neighbors tell him to keep quiet, “Quiet, you’re bothering Jesus.”  Here’s the man with the need that Jeremiah [31:8] had said would be attracted by the New Covenant.  The blind would come and be attracted as Jeremiah had said.  So, they told him to keep quiet in Verse 48; didn’t have much effect on him; he kept calling.  [In Verse 49] Jesus heard through the crowd and healed him.  Notice that he uses in Verse 52, “thy faith hath made thee whole”—the wholeness of man.  The concept of the wholeness of man under the wholeness of God doesn’t allow for a gap called blindness.”
“Heal the Sick”: A Scriptural Record,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler


FIND YOURSELF DEFENDED HOURLY BY THE INTERNAL, ETERNAL COMFORTER/“DEFENSE ATTORNEY” OF THE SCIENCE OF THE CHRIST THAT WE’VE BEEN SENT!
Cobbey Crisler on John 14.16-17/cit. B22
quoted by MBE in citation S29/S&H 55:27 in which Jesus prophesies the Comforter:

[Cobbey Crisler:] “There are greater works, the ultimatum of the application of what Jesus had introduced to earth. So, when he’s talking about greater works being done, through what agency will these greater works come? We find the Comforter is introduced.
John 14:16, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter.”

We should know enough about prophesy and have enough respect to realize that most of the prophets in the Bible, including Jesus, had a tremendous regard for prophesy. They knew that it had come from God, not from man. Similarly, we should know how to recognize the Comforter when the Comforter arrives…  The word “comforter” is parakletos, sometimes called paraclete…  translated “comforter” given by our King James Version. You will find, however, that The New English Bible does not use “comforter.” It uses “advocate.”  You’ll also find that I John uses parakletos and the King James translator of that uses “advocate.” 

We should know that the word “advocate” is a technical word legally. It specifically means “defense attorney.” That has a lot of implications to it.  By contrast the name “Satan” in Hebrew is a technical term for “prosecuting attorney.” There you have the battle joined in thought.

The Comforter is to come and defend man. We can see all the ways that Jesus had introduced various defenses for man…
John 14:16, “that he may abide with you for ever.” Is there a provision for a third revelation? The Comforter is apparently the final one.

John 14:17, “the Spirit of Truth.”  Notice how that counters Jesus’ definition of the “devil.”  What did he say about the truth?  It was the recipe for freedom (John 3:8).  So, it’s got something to do with that.  But there is also a communications problem.  The world “cannot receive.”  It’s not going to be a popular arrival.  “It doesn’t see him or know him.” 

But, we will know, “because it’s within.”

 “John 14:26 picks up the description.  “The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost.”  There’s another part of the list, identified with the Holy Ghost in Luke 3:22, the dove descending is the symbol of it. The words “dove” and “ghost” are feminine in the Greek, and the comfort aspect also introduces the feminine concept.

 “The role of the Comforter “will be sent by God in my name.”   If one were to regard that literally, the Comforter’s name should at least have some recognizable aspect either relating to Jesus or to Christ.  Another aspect of the Comforter is “he will teach you all things.” 

The role of teaching what? Is anything left out?  “All things.”  And at the same time, “it will bring everything back to human memory that Jesus said.”
“Book of John: A Walk with the Beloved Disciple”,
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


The last five sentences of this Lesson end it the way the Golden Text began it and like Luke 18:22/cit. B24 expounded it, with an urgent plea from our Good Shepherd, Christ Jesus, to “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin and death!” Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God’ and be free! This is your divine right.” (citation S32/227:22-27)

 

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