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Use these Immortal G.E.M.s, plus a Video "Prac Talk" & "Video Met" to bless your week!
Let God Expressed Meekly/Mightily in you sparkle with insights from Cobbey Crisler,
Ken Cooper & others as found in The Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Mortals and Immortals
for May 17, 2020

Tailor-made these days for CedarS campers, staff and friends to enjoy are short, video "Prac Talk" messages from the Christian Science practitioners who serve at CedarS and contribute weekly to CedarS Bible Lesson “Mets” (Application Inspirations). CedarS Videos this week also include an Activity Video "Met” by CedarS staff member, Kaetlyn Allen. There's a growing treasure trove of video “Prac Talks” and other Bible “GEMs” (that follow). They are all designed to support inspiring applications of Bible truths and examples found in weekly Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lessons. Our first “Video Prac Talk” this week is a simple memorable illustration from Craig Ghislin, CS, this week’s CedarS “Met” contributor. Timely, inspiring "Prac Talks" from other CedarS Met contributors/practitioners also come up at this link – all “for the glory of God alone” (J. S. Bach)]


GEM#1—Get out of a limited, mortal shell! To abide “in heavenly love… (where) no change my heart shall fear.” (Hymn 148)
Cobbey Crisler on I Cor. 15:50, 53 (verses following the Golden Text & Responsive Reading)
“Another conclusion is coming through Paul’s receptivity. He presents two views, one
with man within an egg origin, one out of an egg origin. A chicken takes 10,000 pecks to get out of its shell of limitation. Bible pioneers like Paul worked hard to get out of their limited, mortal shells and they communicated this to us. [Mary Baker Eddy says, “Mortals must emerge … They must peck open their shells with Christian Science…” (S&H 552:14, S6)

I Corinthians 15, verse 50 “…flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God.”
One might ask “Why are we trying to drag flesh along as if it’s a party?” [This relates to Mary Baker Eddy’s observation: “Being in sympathy with matter, the worldly man is at the beck and call of error, and will be attracted thitherward.” [S&H 21:25]
“Take up your bed and walk—Mind suddenly takes on the glow of our original, incorruptible glory.”

I Corinthians 15, verse 53 “…this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”
From notes in the margins of Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**


GEM#2: Stop being “a tenant in a tomb by being at home in the body!” Be at home in the ‘new man’ to “make all things new!” Cobbey Crisler on II Cor. 5:1-6, 16-17 (B3)
II Cor. 5, verse 1. Where we are now is a tabernacle, which if “dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…” (We look out of heavenly consciousness—every window has a heavenly view. We worship where we live—Our bodies are our ultimate idols, if we are living there.

Verse 4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened:” Jesus said take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden light.”…

Verse 6. It’s not what we see but what we know that matters: “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord.” This is one of the most radical statements in the whole Bible that is virtually skated over.

It is foolhardy to adapt ourselves to live in corporeality. You are a tenant in a tomb if at home in the body. Why be so satisfied with data coming to us from the 5 channels of the corporeal senses?
Jesus said “Take no thought for your body.”

Socrates said “The dead body will not be me. Don’t let him talk about burying Socrates. Say only that you are burying the body.”

Ishmael (In Moby Dick said “My body is but the lees of my better being.”

Verse 16. “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh:”
The ultimate objective is to know no man (or woman) after the flesh, according to fleshly information. Our divine nature or anyone’s true, divine nature is not conveyed or confined by anything fleshly from “the old man.” As Jesus beheld, we are to behold the “new man” and in so doing make not just some things but ALL things new.

As Verse 17 (B3) says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.*
Transcribed from marginal notes in Warren’s Bible from a talk by Cobbey Crisler**

*[Revelation 21:5 was CedarS 2019 theme: (And he that sat upon the throne said,) “Behold, I make all things new.”]


GEM #3: Are you up for digging (in Psalm 25:5 (B4)) some ideas to help you get THROUGH a long, waiting period of a seeming exile in a lockdown or stagnation stage? (I capitalize THROUGH, because our Shepherd, divine Love, means for us to keep moving and serving, RIGHT ON THROUGH THE DARK VALLEY, never to wallow (and “stall-oh!”) in the dark part of the definition of “Wilderness. Loneliness; doubt; darkness.” in as in when “Divine Love leads me and you “through the valley of death, (where) I will fear no evil” “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5, B4 from NKJV) These ideas are perfect to what appears to be a waiting period. This is a great correlative passage for our rite of passage during this unprecedented period when right activity seems to be on “pause — wait on God…” (Science & Health, 323:10). David Hohle, CSB, citing this passage, reminded us in his inspiring “Daily Lift”, that waiting is not idleness, because there’s always something to do! Check out: https://www.christianscience.com/christian-healing-today/daily-lift/god-is-not-on-pause?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=christian-science-daily-lift&utm_content=


GEM#4: Drop conformity with the world and its pleasures! Be renewed and completely changed for the better by the Mind of Christ! Be the best version of the you that God made by using Paul’s tips in Romans 12:2 (B7):
“. . . be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

J.B. Phillips’ translation “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.”

James Moffatt’s translation – “Instead of being molded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely what is good and acceptable to Him and perfect.”

“The direction is to, ‘put on another form, change the form of the world for that of Christianity.’ This word would properly refer to the external appearance, but the expression which the apostle immediately uses, "renewing of the mind," shows that he did not intend to use it with reference to that only, but to the change of the whole man. The meaning is, do not cherish a spirit, devoted to the world, following its vain fashions and pleasures, but cultivate a spirit attached to God, and his kingdom and cause” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

Conformed is syschematizo in Greek which means “to conform one’s self, one’s mind and character, to another’s pattern, to fashion one’s self according to (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 2964).

And be not conformed … – The word rendered "conformed" properly means to put on the form, fashion, or appearance of another. It may refer to anything pertaining to the habit, manner, dress, style of living, etc., of another” (Barnes from biblehub.com).

Transformed is metamorphoo in Greek which means “to change into another form, to transfigure, i.e. resplendent with a divine brightness, to the same image of consummate excellence that shines in Christ, reproduce the same image” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 3339).

Renewing is anakainosis which means “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 342).

Acceptable – That which will be pleasing to God. or which he will approve. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

Perfect is free from effect, stain, or injury. That which has all its parts complete, or which is not disproportionate(Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

In one of Mary Baker Eddy’s Bibles, she wrote beside Romans 12:

“Romans 12 is Christian Science.” (MBE Accession #B00017.C)


GEM#5: Grow Priceless “*Pearls*” from Grit! Turn Trash into Beautiful Treasures of Truth and Love!
CedarS 2020 Theme: from of Science and Health, page 265:3 (S11):

"Man understands spiritual existence in proportion as his treasures of Truth and Love are enlarged. Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, in order that sin and mortality may be put off. This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggest man's absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged individuality, a wider sphere of thought and action, a more expansive love, a higher and more permanent peace."

We invite you to join us in "gravitat[ing] Godward." Camp is the perfect place to discover and enlarge your treasures of Truth. Every "met" (inspirational sharing before activities), every breakfast Christian Science practitioner talk, every Bible Lesson study, every Hymn Sing, every Sunday School class, and testimony meeting offer campers nuggets of Truth to make their own. And each activity offers opportunities to apply these Truths and prove their value – to really turn them into treasures for life!

The list in this passage is such a beautiful promise of the blessings realized through spiritual growth:

-Enlarged individuality

-A wider sphere of thought and action

-A more expansive love

-A higher and more permanent peace

We see this list as so contemporary, as so on-target, and as so timeless. This is as exactly what today's youth needs – and exactly what today's world needs.

*Pearls*are wonderful examples of the “treasures of Truth” and how they grow. A pearl grows in an oyster only because an irritant has entered its shell and the oyster responds by secreting on it layer after layer of an irritant-soother (or spiritual sense or love). Let’s take that as a challenge to be like the oyster and turn everything that looks negative and ugly into a string of beautiful pearls by applying layer upon layer of love and spiritual sense to grow our treasures of Truth and Love!

Having enlarged treasures of Truth and Love will soon make you debt-free. St. Paul spells out Love’s ultimate debt-forgiveness program that freed him, just as it will free you: “Owe no man anything, but to love one another!” (Romans 13:8) Before his character and name-transforming encounter with the Christ light on the road to Damascus, Saul “owed” Christ and all Christians big-time and persecuted them something fierce. Ways to grow your treasures of Truth and Love freedom from debt are shared in every visit to CedarS Bible Lands Park and our new Bible Lands Village. “Trash-passes”


GEM#6: An sdultress' character transformed by Jesus healing her sin of "missing the mark" with lustful looking on a forbidden object. "Terminate that link to the flesh." Cobbey Crisler on John 8:1-7 (B10)
“Chapter 8 all the way up through Verse 11 was not originally located where we find it today in the original gospel of John. While some early manuscripts place it at the end of the manuscript, the earliest manuscripts that we have do not have the first eleven verses of Chapter 8, at least in its present location. However, that does not lead scholars to pronounce that this is not necessarily an authentic account of something that occurred. As a matter of fact, they feel it does bear the stamp of the kind of Johannine writings that one gets familiar with in visiting with the beloved disciple in the Scriptures.

John 8:2, “Jesus is right in the temple area. "

John 8:3. Suddenly here is “a woman taken in adultery." One should at least ask the question, where is the husband who would usually make the charge, and where is the fellow she was with? How come only the woman is here?

The event takes place in the area of the temple. If the stones suddenly started flying, both Jesus and the woman were there. Who did they really care about eliminating?

John 8:5. They face him with a rabbinical question. "Moses said that this lady should be stoned. What do you say?" This may have been prompted because so many of the people were saying, "Here is the prophet like Moses." So, here is what Moses said, what do you say? If he says something contrary to Moses, then they could go back and say, "See, he's not the prophet. He's disagreeing with Moses." It's the thin edge of a wedge to separate Jesus from prophecy in the minds of the people.

John 8:6. While they're all saying this, Jesus has disappeared from view, which would actually happen to those in the rear rows if they've encircled. You have to look around. Where did he go? He just disappeared. He's writing on the ground. A record about as evanescent as the material in which he's writing. Is that the permanent record of womanhood? It’s a dust record. A dust record that can be dominated by the first foot that walks over it and decides to change it or trample it.

John 8:7, "They keep asking him," because he's doing nothing but writing on the ground. This is a brilliant way to control a mob. It’s a method that was successful. He has kept the mob from being an unthinking gang. He's kept them all as individuals because they’re saying, "What's he doing? What’s he doing?"

"So, they continue asking.” He says, "He that is 'anamartetos '— that is, above error, who never erred or who cannot err or sinned among you, let him first throw a stone." He hasn't objected to Moses' sentence. He hasn't set himself apart. He simply returned the sentence to everyone’s individual conscience and let it be established in the mental courtrooms of those present. You can't have a mob scene when conscience is at work individually. That's what destroys a mob.

John 8:8, "Again he stoops down, and writes on the ground,” giving them a chance for it to work. It's an impersonal treatment of the situation to all concerned. No condemnation. No anything.

John 8:9. What happened? "They filtered out and they began at the eldest." This is a significant start. The custom in the Sanhedrin, at least according to later records, was that after a decision of any major import was made, the youngest left first. The honor was for the eldest to be the last one you saw.

Not in this case. The eldest were the first you saw leaving. This is not surprising when you think that since they had been around longer, they likely had accumulated more sin. So, the eldest left first. "The woman is left standing in the midst."

John 8:10. What is Jesus going to do? Is he for permissiveness? "He said, Woman," again, "womanhood", "Where are your accusers? No man hath condemned you? "

John 8: 11, "I'm not in that business either. But, “and you can imagine the authority that went behind this, "go, and sin no more. " Terminate that link to the flesh.

John 3:6, "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; but that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.”

In John 8:23, "Jesus says, Ye are from beneath; I am from above.” He knows where he came from and where he is going. How many people could you stop at random on a street today, ask them that question, and get a straight answer? Where are you going and where did you come from? Those are basic questions.

James Reston wrote in The New York Times in his “View of the Washington Scene, " "The greatest danger in this city is that civilized intelligent men do forget in this heady atmosphere who they are and where they came from. They begin to think they actually are what they represent. No doubt this is what Woodrow Wilson had in mind when he divided the men who come to Washington into two classes those who grow and those who swell."
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


GEM#7: Hear from an adulteress, redeemed by Jesus’ directive to “Go and Sin No More!” (John 8:1-11, B9)
Ken Cooper shared a YouTube link https://youtu.be/5YKWmUJjhE0.

[Ken writes:] “Jesus also saw the nature of perfect God and perfect man, so clearly that the woman caught in adultery could not be condemned but only redeemed. When she also saw her true self, as loved by God for her true nature and as Jesus saw her, the belief of sin was consigned to nothingness for ever, the past was no longer in her present and she was free. “Go and sin no more” was a recognition that we all “live and move and have our being” in God, and her life was immediately changed, from one based on the false belief of material pleasure to the awareness of constant spiritual good. When we let the light of Christ in to our lives, we shine with God’s goodness and evil thoughts and aims are no more, — as the attached monologue indicates, they simply disappear. Light does not struggle to remove the dark, life does not struggle to be what it is. I AM is I AM.

The monologue “Go and Sin No More” is read by Sue (Cooper) and witnesses the power of Love in freeing us from sin. See https://youtu.be/5YKWmUJjhE0.

[W: For monologue pdfs in color & B&W Click Downloads in upper right of the online version of CedarS GEMs.]


GEM#8: Make your own the theological breakthough Jesus revealed to Nicodemus and hereafter treat yourself and others as “born from above.” Cut the animal connection!
Cobbey Crisler on John 3:1-13 (B10).

“John 3:1 begins with an introduction to "Nicodemus." Nicodemus was a rather cautious man that ran around back alleys after twilight. He didn't want to be seen by his daytime friends. Sort of like one of those captions in the Charlie Chaplin movie, where Charlie was a waiter during the day, but dressed up in the finest tuxedo at night. The caption simply said, "Charlie's friends of the evening didn't know Charlie's friends of the day." I think this is probably true of Nicodemus.

“John 3:2, "He comes to Jesus by night.” He's in a rather awkward position because he is a member of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Jews, that later convicts Jesus. If what he says is accurate, it is an unfortunate commentary on the motives that led to the crucifixion of Jesus. If he is really speaking for the Sanhedrin when he says, "We know that thou art a teacher came from God,” then that is a tremendous commitment. If we know that you are a teacher come from God, where is the evidence? What evidence do they use as proof? Such semeia, or signs, or significant results, can’t happen unless God is with you.

John 3:3, “Jesus makes this comment, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” You know how popular that particular verse has become in our century. Yet it’s based on a misapprehension of the original word. We really don’t find John here using the Greek word “anothen” here in the sense of “again”. It can suggest the idea of “again.” But John uses it more in these terms, “from above."

"Anothen” means "from above." Now look at that statement that Jesus is making,

"Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom, or dominion, of God." This is a theological breakthrough that’s incalculable. You can’t see the kingdom, which, by the way, he told us was not only within, but here, right here. It wasn't a future far-off thing. "But to see it one must be born from above.” This is a definition of nativity which sounds totally impractical for us as human beings, and yet it's apparently something that Jesus based his whole theology upon. And he got the results from the concept that man is born from above.

“We ran into that in the first chapter of John, Verses 12 and 13, when he said, "We all, if we will receive it, have the authority to become the sons of God.”[RR] But to be God's son means you've got to cut the animal connection, those links or roots in "blood, will of the flesh, and will of man.” Sever those links.

“A nativity higher, is that practical?

“John 3:4. Nicodemus wonders about that himself. He even goes to the extreme of saying, "How do you do that? Do you climb back into your mother’s womb, and get born all over again?” This is obviously a negatively impossible event, so Nicodemus is somewhat laughing up his sleeve.

John 3:5. Then Jesus says, "Except a man be born of water, which was the usual way by which children were born in the presence of water, "and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." The normal, natural biological birth is not going to do anything. In order to enter the kingdom or dominion of God, something about nativity has to be understood. A nativity that is higher and not tied into biology. Why?

“Because of John 3:6 one of the most practical statements ever made in the Bible, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” And it's not going to rise any high­er than its source. Should we be doing something about recognizing origin in Spirit? Is this what is behind the meaning, again, logos? Get to the meaning. Nativity in Spirit. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” It's never going to go anywhere else. That's pretty clear cut.

“We've got to get out of that concept of flesh. Again, is this really practical theology? Or is it, again, pie in the sky? If we have any concept of arising at some spiritual goal, then we've got to start as if we originated there.

John 3:9, "Nicodemus says, How can these things be?"

John 3:10, "Jesus said, You're a teacher in Israel, and you haven't grasped these things?" Think of the average point of view when you've been dealing with the Bible all your life. Then in John 3:13 he makes one of those magnificent statements that requires almost a lifetime search.

"No man hath ascended up to heaven." Isn't that what practically every religion puts in the heart of its communicants? Doesn't everybody want to get to a destination labeled heaven? "Ascended up to heaven," but no one gets there, except "he that came down from heaven.” The same thing, "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit," John 3:6. You can't get there via flesh.

“Apparently this critical awareness of man's nativity as God's child free from "blood, will of flesh, lust of the will of man," is not just a nice theory. Jesus is introducing it as the prerequisite for comprehending the kingdom of God and seeing it here and now. The son of Man sees it humanly, "No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the son of Man which is in heaven.” Is it possible for humanhood to experience the kind of harmony on earth as it is in heaven? There is the major challenge.

“It's almost the same question that God asks Job 38:33, after all the mental argument is through for forty chapters or so, when God says to Job, "Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?" Imagine being able to express the dominion of heaven right on earth. Is that possible for the son of Man? Or must we wait for some future event where we float up to the sky on a pink cloud somewhere with a harp from Angel Rent-A-Harp, Incorporated? That's a problem. We often try to rent a harp instead of earn it.

“How practical this is, "No man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man already there." Never moved. That claim, then, of heavenly nativity. It has to have something that is of major importance, John including it, and giving it so much space.”

In John 3:27, John the Baptist is confronted again. John, using communication terms, says, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given to him from heaven.” That’s almost the same concept in a way. Receptivity is what’s already been communicated to us. We’re not doing the communicating. We’re tuning in to what’s been communicated.”
“Book of John, A Walk with the Beloved Disciple,” by B. Cobbey Crisler**


GEM#9: “Correct material belief by spiritual understanding and ‘Spirit will form you anew.’”– to be “Perfect for all to see!" (S23, 425:25 and CS Hymn 565 in bold italics)
Note the Scriptural call to see or "Mark the perfect man" is mentioned in Psalm 37:37 (B13) as well as citation B7 (as noted in GEM#4 on Romans 12:2). Plus, the word perfect is used at least six times in Science and Health citations S18, S28, S29 & S32)

Like Jesus, behold in yourself and in all mankind "…the perfect man who appeared to him where sinning, mortal man appears to mortals…” (SH 476:32)

What a joy to know that Spirit is forming anew your divine identity as a perfect-for-all-to-see “expression of“God’s being”— of “INFINITY, FREEDOM, HARMONY, BOUNDLESS BLISS.”
These words are carved into 5-ft. long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launch as you can see by clicking the top upper-right Download. Have fun applying to yourself these elements of expressing the perfect man as noted below!

As God’s Genesis 1, exact “image and likeness” you have been irrevocably given “dominion over every creeping thing” that would attempt to creep into thought and action. Nothing can separate you from your joyous right of being “perfect for all to see!” (Hymn 565)

Let every aspect of your being sing with that Hymn of being “carefree and strong… (as) His song…” — the perfect expression of “infinity, freedom, harmony and boundless bliss.” (SH 481) The Download images posted on the upper right of the webpage show these words of “who we are” carved in 10” high letters in four 5-foot long signs at CedarS Cable Ski launching platform… What a picture of peace and of health we have to share with all as the very “image of His love” fully radiating the harmony and dominion of God’s law that “There is no involuntary action.” (SH p. 187:22) and that in effective prayer possesses “no opposing element…” (My. 293:22)

One-liner, word equations in Science & Health are “textbook” illustrations of the “Transitive Property of Equality” (www.mathwords.com) (See page 470:23 and 481:3)

470:23 (the first of two simple, one-line, word equations under review) states:
(a) “Man is (=) (b) the expression of God’s being.”

Science & Health (p. 481:23) the second of two, simple, one-line, word equations under review) states:
(b) “God’s being is (=) (c) infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”

[W: Let’s apply to ourselves the Transitive Property of Equality: If a = b and b = c, then a = c.]

(a) “Man or YOU is/are (=) (c) the expression of infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss.”

Therefore, like CedarS Cable Ski system and like its skiers and the “Energizer Bunny,”
YOU express synonyms for Infinity including: inexhaustibility, eternity, limitlessness, immeasurability, perpetuity (See https://www.thesaurus.com/browse/rodule )

Like CedarS Cable Skiers and like the Statue of Liberty,
YOU express synonyms for freedom including: opportunity, power, ability, exemption, flexibility, immunity, privilege, right, discretion, facility, leeway, liberty, prerogative, range, scope, unrestraint, carte blanche, elbowroom, free rein, full play, full swing, plenty of rope

Like CedarS Cable Skiers and like Band, Chorus, Cabin or Family members,
YOU express synonyms for harmony including: cooperation, friendship, consistency, good will, kinship, peace, rapport, tranquility, unanimity, understanding, unity, accord, amicability, compatibility, concord, like-mindedness

Like CedarS Cable Skiers, and like Happy Campers and Stress-free Reflections,
YOU express synonyms for boundless bliss including: unchangeable blessedness, inexhaustible happiness, unlimited gladness, untold joy…

The reign of “infinity, freedom, harmony, and boundless bliss” rules out of you all their opposites of limitation; restraint, restriction, slavery; Inharmony, Strife, disagreement, discord, fighting; depression, sadness, sorrow, unhappiness, grief, upset


GEM#10: Jesus raises a widow's dead son in front of all of Nain. Be receptive to God's unforgettable, life-saving & transforming power in all! Pray for resurrection of all kinds!
Cobbey Crisler on Luke 7:11-16 (B12) – Nain widow’s dead son raised

“Were it not for Luke, we would not have had preserved for us one of three recorded times that Jesus raised someone from the dead (Luke 7:11-17). There is a significant fact about the accounts of raising the dead in the Bible. They are not all in the New Testament. The significance is that not all healings made a sufficient impact at the time to have impressed upon human memory the location where it occurred. This is why you will find statements mentioning when Jesus went to a particular village.

However, in every case of raising the dead, from the Old Testament all the way through the New Testament, the human mind was startled by seeing what it accepted as the impossible, occur. This is what is in common about Zeraphath. Shunam, Nain, Capernaum. Bethany, Jerusalem, Lydda, and Troas. They didn't forget where it happened. The details of the healing are particularly sharp.

In this case we have a city called Nain, probably a village as it is today. There is still an ancient cemetery outside the gate. There was a lonely widow at the head of this procession. Jesus, detecting thought again, saw her entire situation at one glance. He came to her and said, "Weep not" (Verse 13). He dealt with the heavy weight of grief on thought, touched the coffin (Verse 14), strictly forbidden under Jewish law, and then said, "Young man.”

Notice the radical nature of what Jesus said. The only one supposedly there who could not hear was the one Jesus addressed. He must have expected that man's faculty of hearing to be normal. "Young man, I say unto thee, Arise." He doesn't help him either.

Dominion over death is part of that unqualified dominion God gave to man. As a matter of fact, dominion, as a word, as a concept, simply can't be qualified. If it is, you no longer have dominion. (Verse 15,) "He that was dead sat up, and began to speak. He delivered him to his mother. "

Also, it might be interesting for you to recall that of the three times Jesus raised the dead, womanhood played a prominent role every time. It was Jesus' compassion and awareness of the thought of this woman that lead him to raise her son. In the case of Lazarus (John 11:1-46), Mary and Martha urgently had requested Jesus to come. In the case of Jairus it was his twelve-year-old daughter (Luke 8:41, 42, 49-56).
These things don't just happen. If Jesus is dealing with mentality, if he is requiring much out of the patient's thought, then there must be a receptivity in order to get a result.

I think that we can derive a certain conclusion about the receptivity of womanhood, especially on the subject of resurrection. For if you move ahead a few chapters in your thought right now, you will recall there was no man anywhere near the tomb, including those who are reputed to have been Jesus' closest disciples. But the women were there and receptive to resurrection.”
“Luke, the Researcher,”
by B. Cobbey Crisler**


Due to recent social distancing requirements, many talks on Christian Science are taking place live on the web. It may be a perfect time to browse and share the smorgasbord of current talks offered online at https://www.christianscience.com/find-us/find-a-lecture

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