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[PYCL: Show how to truly appreciate Jesus. Discuss how to share a cup of cold water. (1, 5)]
Possible Younger Class Lessons for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for February 26, 2017

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: We cannot emphasize enough the importance of Christ Jesus to Christian Science. In my experience, one thing that many other Christians think about us is that we don't properly appreciate Jesus, and nothing could be farther from the truth! So maybe we can ask the children what they think of him. What do they think his mission was? There are many statements in Science & Health (S&H) that refer to his mission, citation S22 is one of them. There are at least sixteen different references to his mission/Christ's mission in S&H alone. You could easily have the kids look up the word "mission" on or in a concordance so they can compare each statement. Is there one mission? Do his mission and our mission, as his disciples, have any similarity? I think these questions can be put to almost any age in different ways so that we all learn more about Jesus!

Pycl #2: Why do we study about Jesus, what did he teach us? The Golden Text really tells us, this is one of the most important things we stand to learn from Jesus, that God is our Father-Mother. There is no barrier, no boundary between us and God. Jesus demonstrated this vividly when he healed all manner of illnesses, disabilities, and sins. But one very visible way that this fact was brought out was when the veil in the temple tore from top to bottom upon his death on the cross. This was wonderfully symbolic of how he tore down the ecclesiastical barrier that the church had erected between God and man. In other words, the church decided that man couldn't directly commune with God, but that God had to be spoken to through a priest or intermediary. Even this priest couldn't speak to God directly, but had to wear a veil over his face and could only go behind the temple veil once a year on a special holy day to commune with God. The rest of the year, the temple veil was a barrier that kept everyone out of the very holy space behind it. The kids may be interested to know that the veil was thought to be some 3 inches thick and 60 feet tall. You could have them try tearing a piece of heavy fabric with their hands, something like canvas. (Try it from a finished edge though, as a rough edge may be easy to tear if you go the right direction!) When they see how difficult it is to tear a thin fabric like canvas compared to something three inches thick—not to mention that nothing but God's power tore that veil, they will have something to ponder about Jesus' power and his mission. And also maybe some understanding of how important it is to understand that there is nothing that can come between us and God, our Father-Mother.

Pycl #3: When you think about it, there is a certain authority that comes with being the son/daughter of God. If we were a son or daughter of a king or queen in older times that would come with authority, power. Maybe that would be a way to introduce this idea of divine authority that Jesus taught to us. What authority do we get when we are a child of the omnipotent, all-good, ever-present God? How do we claim that authority? I know I've used this example before, but if we thought we only had a dollar in our bank account, we'd not be able to buy food, or drive our car, or do much of anything. If, in fact, we had thousands in our account, but still thought we only had a dollar, we'd behave the same fearful way! It's not until we become aware that we have a plush bank account that we'd act in a more vigorously thriving manner. In the same way, we have to really become aware, understand more of our sonship/daughtership in order to demonstrate it more and more. And likewise, every time we demonstrate it, we get a deeper understanding and appreciation of our position! We must act with the authority that comes with this privilege. Jesus showed us over and over that man has the power and divine right to heal and bless. You can have them check out citation S27 and ask why Mary Baker Eddy puts "child" first in the list? Make sure to discuss what "authority" means. You may want, with older children, to help them see how to include spiritual authority in a treatment, if you have spoken with your class about some things that are included in a good healing treatment.

Pycl #4: This week's lesson is so clear in its emphasis on doing what Jesus did. Much of it depends on our own willingness to give up a false sense of ourselves, to become "as a little child" (S12). Citation S28 tells us we need to "…lose sight of mortal selfhood to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and to recognize the divine sonship." (With some younger children:) Have someone reliable walk away from the class until the class cannot see them any more (you can do this yourself briefly). The class has now "lost sight" of that pupil. If the pupil is out of the room and not just out of their line of sight, they are truly no longer in view. Think about that as a lesser example of how we can lose sight of "mortal selfhood". What is this selfhood? What is our true, spiritual selfhood? Is it any less individual? Can we get a clear picture of who our true self is, one that can never be lost from our sight? Our goal might be to have that material sense of self be really gone for good, not just "in the next room"! How did Jesus show us that we have a real self that is a son/daughter of God? Think of the stories in this lesson, the woman by the well, the Centurion. Then think of other Biblical examples. I love, for example, the idea of Zacchaeus in Luke 19. Jesus really helped him to change his thought of himself—so much so that he instantly changed his way of collecting taxes and stated it with great joy and authority. Do you have any examples of healing that came through a deeper sense of your spiritual self, of letting that mortal sense of self get lost from sight?

Pycl #5: Think together about how great a cup of cold water would taste if you were lost in a desert. Read the story of the woman of Samaria in Section 3. What did Jesus mean when he told her that she could have the "water of life"? How can we share this water with others? If we are embarrassed, can we think about why? Might it be because we have a "mortal selfhood" that needs to get out of the way? Does sharing this cup of cold water (S14) mean we have to preach the Bible or S&H to them? What does it mean? The younger ones could come up with a list of things that represent that cup of cold water. You could have a large paper with drawings of cups on it and fill each one in with spiritual ideas/actions that each child decides they could share with someone, a friend or a stranger! Then maybe they can come back next week and share an example, or many, of how they did this! Be sure you have your own to share.

Have a wonderful Sunday loving and appreciating Christ Jesus!

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