This week’s lesson is good. I love lessons that make me think. It is about Sacrament, which comes from the Latin word sacramentum, referring to the allegiance a Roman soldier swears to his general. The word sacrament is not in the Bible.
The sacraments in many Christian Churches are Baptism and the Eucharist. Personally, I do not perform rituals, they are without meaning if I do not understand and practice them.
Baptism is a purification and submergence in Spirit. If I do not work every day to keep myself free of wrongdoing, then I am not baptized, even if I go through the ritual.
The Eucharist has deep meaning and partaking of the bread the cup and wine means nothing if I do not commune with God, follow Jesus’ example, and let the inspiration of God’s Love help me to pass Jesus’ teachings on to others. This is partaking in the true flesh and blood.
Speaking of others, I think this needs some defining in this case. Jesus only taught those ready to hear his words. He said, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Matt 7:6 He stayed out of the way of those that were not ready to hear his words. Here is an example: “Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. “John 8:59 We can only reach the receptive thought.
That is one reason I like blogging. It is out there for those who want to read it, and the others can just let it pass by. I am not here to argue or convert, just sharing what has helped me and what I have learned.
OK, now on to what I learned reading this week’s lesson. Some of it I already knew, but reminders are essential so that I do not forget. It started out with the story of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Peter said, oh no, not mine, and Jesus said if I do not wash yours, you have no part with me. Of course, then Peter said, do not stop with my feet then, wash my hands and head too. 🙂 What a humble man Jesus was.
“Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13: 13-15
In the Bible, it states that Jesus gave his disciples’ power. This was not some supernatural power; he simply taught them the power of right thought. He also said, “He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12. That last part is what is important. He was telling them that the power was not his but the Fathers. He had no extraordinary power and if he could access that power, so could they, and so can we. Jesus did not come to impress us with his deeds. The Christ was Jesus’ divine nature, his connection with God. He came to prove what God is and what He does. Jesus walked his path to show us the way, not to do it for us.
In all I do, I need to make sure that my motives are pure, and then God would open the way. In James 4:8, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” Through spiritual baptism (purification), I let God’s will be my guide.
“Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and “all things are become new.” Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy Page 201:7-9. This is what happened to me. When I discovered and started to understand the Truths in the Bible, I became a new person, and the old person just faded away. When I held in thought the spiritual things I was learning, old ideas dissipated.
After the crucifixion, his disciples were lost, and the fishermen went back to fishing. They were having trouble, as they were catching nothing. After the resurrection, Jesus came to them and told them to cast their nets on the right side, in other words, spiritualize your thought, and you will catch. They did, and they drew a multitude of fishes.
When they came to shore, Jesus had breakfast waiting for them. When Jesus first called his disciples, he told them he would make them fishers of men. They had forgotten that. He asked Peter if he loved him three times, and Peter said: “Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee.” Jesus replied, then, “Feed my sheep.” If you love me, then go forth and share what I have taught you to the receptive thought, those are his sheep.
Jesus’ resurrection made his disciples think again. That spiritual breakfast, on the shore of the Galilean Sea, turned their grief into repentance. They cast their nets on the right side and saw the light, and it changed them forever.
When I learned these things, my life started to change. All I could think about was how I could share what I know with the receptive thought. I thought about becoming a social worker, but I had a daughter to raise alone, and a full-time job, so going back to school was too much. After a while, I noticed that my co-workers all seemed to be coming to me with their problems. I tried not to give advice but to suggest different ways of looking at things, and that seems to be working for them. This opportunity to feed his sheep brought me much pleasure.
Blogging is another way to feed his sheep, and I love doing it.
We must take up the cross and follow Christ in our daily lives. This is how we change the world, one person, and one day at a time.
“Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility:” I Peter 3:5