The Saviour's Mission
again goes forward; but the divine Principle and Spirit
and spiritual man are unchangeable, - neither advancing,
retreating, nor halting.
Our highest sense of infinite good in this mortal sphere
is but the sign and symbol, not the substance of good.
Only faith and a feeble understanding make the earthly
acme of human sense. "The life which I now live in the
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God." (Galatians
Christian Science is both demonstration and fruition,
but how attenuated are our demonstration and realization
of this Science! Truth, in divine Science, is the stepping-stone
to the understanding of God; but the broken and
contrite heart soonest discerns this truth, even as the helpless
sick are soonest healed by it. Invalids say, "I have
recovered from sickness;" when the fact really remains,
in divine Science, that they never were sick.
The Christian saith, "Christ (God) died for me, and
came to save me;" yet God dies not, and is the ever-presence
that neither comes nor goes, and man is forever
His image and likeness. "The things which are seen are
temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."
(2 Corinthians iv. 18.) This is the mystery of godliness
- that God, good, is never absent, and there is none beside
good. Mortals can understand this only as they reach
the Life of good, and learn that there is no Life in evil.
Then shall it appear that the true ideal of omnipotent and
ever-present good is an ideal wherein and wherefor there
is no evil. Sin exists only as a sense, and not as Soul.
Destroy this sense of sin, and sin disappears. Sickness,
sin, or death is a false sense of Life and good. Destroy
this trinity of error, and you find Truth.
In Science, Christ never died. In material sense Jesus
died, and lived. The fleshly Jesus seemed to die, though
he did not. The Truth or Life in divine Science - undisturbed
by human error, sin, and death - saith forever,
"I am the living God, and man is My idea, never in matter,
nor resurrected from it." "Why seek ye the living among
the dead? He is not here, but is risen." (Luke xxiv. 5, 6.)
Mortal sense, confining itself to matter, is all that can be
buried or resurrected.
Mary had risen to discern faintly God's ever-presence,
and that of His idea, man; but her mortal sense, reversing
Science and spiritual understanding, interpreted this
appearing as a risen Christ. The I AM was neither buried
nor resurrected. The Way, the Truth, and the Life were
never absent for a moment. This trinity of Love lives
and reigns forever. Its kingdom, not apparent to material
sense, never disappeared to spiritual sense, but remained
forever in the Science of being. The so-called appearing,
disappearing, and reappearing of ever-presence, in whom
is no variableness or shadow of turning, is the false human
sense of that light which shineth in darkness, and the
darkness comprehendeth it not.