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[PYCL: Stop the EGO of Edging God Out! (#2) Discuss why Jesus’ “mic drop” wasn’t ego? (#3) List ways to demonstrate what Jesus taught us.(#1) ]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Christ Jesus”
for March 3, 2019

by Kerry Jenkins, CS of House Springs, MO
Kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com (314) 406-0041

Pycl #1: I love this part of the Golden Text this week about how Christ Jesus, the healing power of the Christ, is the cornerstone of Christianity. In this case, the translation is a bit more accurate if you use either "capstone"—the stone that holds the top of a wall together, or "keystone", the stone at the top of an arch that holds up the entire archway! These are both legitimate translations of that word and both wonderfully symbolic of the need for us to preserve this powerful sense of who Christ Jesus was, what he is to us today, what he taught us to do, what we are doing to preserve the lessons he taught and so on!

Bring in some architectural books with a multitude of pictures in them of keystones [or online… https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/keystone?sort=mostpopular&mediatype=photography&phrase=keystone ]. They will get really good at picking out the keystones once they know what they are—and this is fun for them! My boys have been pointing them out all week in houses that we pass as we drive around!

Why is the example Christ Jesus left so integral to Christianity? What happens when we ignore the need to demonstrate Christianity? Does demonstration just mean physical healing? How are we demonstrating and following his example every day? Can you make a list of all the ways you can think of together of how each of us in the class is demonstrating his understanding of what Jesus taught us? If they have trouble you can look at all the things he preached in the Sermon on the Mount!

Pycl #2: In the Responsive Reading we are asked immediately: to whom will God's power (right hand) be revealed? Isn't that something we all want to know, to see? This lesson takes us a long way toward finding out how we can see more of His power in our lives. Go to Section 3 if the students in your class are reading age, and read together just one of the ways in which we can better bear witness to the Christ power. Discuss how meekness and humility make the authority and power of God more visible.

How do the students think of meekness, how do they define it? Do they know what ego is? [Warren’s favorite acronym for E.G.O. = Edging God Out!] What does Mary Baker Eddy (MBE) say about ego? Why would acknowledging only the one Ego help us to gain more power as healers? Why do little children make good examples of a less strong sense of ego? How can we capture that in our own lives? Can you find other examples in this lesson of qualities that we embody, or that we can embrace, that will help us to see more of God's power in our lives?

Pycl #3: See if you can give the kids a sense of what it would have been like to be in the temple when Jesus was given the scroll from which to read when he came back to his hometown (B2). Can you imagine if someone read something as familiar to you as that passage would have been to the Jews in the synagogue that day—a prophecy about the savior of the Jewish nation—and said, "I'm he". And then put down what they were reading? This is something akin to the "mic drop" today, only a much bigger deal!

Why did the people in the temple get angry at Jesus for reading this? What did they try to do to him after he read this? What does he say is the reason in verse 24 of that citation? I know I mention this in Section 1 of my CedarS met this week, but I think it is helpful to think of any ways in which we might be ignoring the power and presence of Christ in our lives today, each day, because it comes to us in ways that seem too mundane or familiar and we dismiss it as unimportant. Maybe even advice from a friend or someone we don't even think of as a friend. Or maybe it's advice of a parent!!

Pycl #4: Make a list together of all the things that contribute to healing that are mentioned in Section 2. Jesus tells us in citation B6 that we need to "deny self", "take up the cross", and follow him. After healing the epileptic boy he tells us that "prayer and fasting" are contributors. MBE has a number of things that she mentions also in this section. Make a list of all these things and talk about what they mean for us today. For example, what is the spiritual meaning of "fasting"? How about "taking up the cross", or "denying self" (MBE says "unselfed love")? What is the difference between "unselfed" and "unselfish"? What was Jesus?

Pycl #5: If there is one thing that we might not do as well as we should in Christian Science, it is to show how much we love and appreciate Christ Jesus. Among other Christians that I have conversed with, the overarching opinion they have, when they are aware of Christian Science at all, is that we don't properly love and revere Jesus and his place. This goes beyond the claim among most mainstream Christians that Jesus and God are synonymous. It is more that we appear to have a sort of "clinical" view of the Master—one that doesn't seem very human.

We almost seem to avoid talking about Jesus in favor of talking about the "Christ". Young children are totally ready to hear about Jesus, his stories, healings, life example. Share extra stories with the younger ones. Share how unselfed he was in his love for mankind. He greeted whole multitudes of needy people and didn't feel that he was being burdened by healing them, but knew that we all deserve freedom, health, joy, wholeness.

I'm really not sure I have a one-time activity that will transmit our love for Jesus… but we can start with his story! Obviously we aren't talking here of a strictly emotional connection, but most of us could use a good dose of warmth and comfort in our understanding of the man Jesus!

Pycl #6: Citation B16 clearly states that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." What does this mean? Why is it important to understand this? What is the point of Jesus and his mission if it is not applicable to our lives today? How was the Christ, the "godliness that animated" Jesus, visible before his time (S3)? Can you think together of some prophets and Bible characters that were also "animated" by the Christ?

Have a great week in Sunday School!

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