What would Jesus do if he were faced with the Coronavirus? Recently I have been doing a lot of thinking about this. When I started my spiritual studies, I did not know much about Jesus. Oh, I knew it was written that he came from a virgin birth, and was the son of God, but it did not mean much to me. I had zero understanding of what any of that meant, or how it applied to my life. But, after more than thirty years of research, I feel I have gained some understanding. 😊
The Bible teaches that he is a rabbi, teacher, messiah, saviour, way-shower, and much more. He embodied his spiritual self, the Christ, the reflection of God. He brought God to everything he did and said. He never took personal credit, “not my will but thine be done.” He came to reconcile man to God. Many did not understand his teaching, and after three years, they crucified him thinking they would put an end to his teaching. But all they did was enhance and prove what he was teaching. Since then, it has been passed down from generation to generation for over two thousand years.
Jesus was a healer; he healed family problems, mental illness, financial needs, physical problems of all sorts, and raised the dead. But, not once did he name the malady or say, you poor thing you are sick, let me heal you, because: “Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick. Thus Jesus taught that the kingdom of God is intact, universal, and that man is pure and holy.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 476:32–5)
Jesus saw everything from God’s point of view; he did not see a sinning or sick mortal man. This does not mean he was ignorant of the world’s problems; he just put them in their place. “…Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4:8)
He was showing us what would happen if we stopped affirming the negative. I try not to talk about it unless it is to put a positive spin on it. I need to see this virus as an imposition on my thought. I am not naïve; I know what is going on, but that does not mean I need to get embroiled in all the minutia. I feel it is important to create a mental atmosphere that is supportive of only good. The more that is done, the less harmful effects there will be.
Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, 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) He was stating that anyone can do what he does because it is God that is behind the works, and we can petition God’s help also. What Jesus taught was not for just a select few disciples but the whole world. “He that believeth on me,” God is reliable and a force for Good.
I need to keep up with the news but respond according to Jesus’ teachings and react to the dire predictions, with what inspires reasonable action rather than fear-based reactions.
“We must go and do likewise, else we are not improving the great blessings which our Master worked and suffered to bestow upon us.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 25:28–31)
If I started to show symptoms of the Coronavirus, I would not react with fear. I believe what Jesus taught and would act according to his example. I am the spiritual image and likeness of God, pure and perfect, regardless of what my material body is telling me. Holding to this Truth of who I am will destroy the material symptoms. Now I would put a little more prayer into it than that, but that is the general idea.
All the nurses and doctors out there that are fighting to save those afflicted need our prayerful support. They are courageous and selfless. They are doing what they know how to do best. So, pray to see them as God created them, safe in God’s care. The more that do this, the better the results. Let us put down this awful virus now. No matter how bad it looks refuse to acknowledge it, do not give it your attention, do not affirm it.
I put the following in one of my previous blogs, but it is worth repeating. It is an anonymous quote from someone else.
Grow your”treasures of Truth and Love” with a spiritual sense of “sanitizing”, “social distancing”, and “quarantining”.
“sanitizing”: Am I cleansing my thought, scrubbing away the fearful and false beliefs of disease, and wiping away any acceptance of material and medical so-called laws? Am I admitting into consciousness only pure and healthy thoughts that come to me as the Christ-idea voicing good and only good?
“Social distancing”: Am I “distancing” myself from the carnal mind’s hypnotic reports (suggestions) of confusion, dread, fear, and chaos? Am I claiming my true identity as the perfect child of God, wrapped safely in the arms of Love, constantly protected from any false sense of separation and harm?
“Quarantining”: Am I quarantining myself in Christ Jesus’ closet (Matt. 6:6) where I can shut the door (on fearful, anxious suggestions) and pray to my Father in secret knowing that He will reward me openly? Quarantining in “the secret place of the most High” (Ps. 91) “under the shadow of the Almighty” where there is “no evil” and where no “plague [can] come nigh [my or anyone else’s] dwelling”?
It became clear to me that I (and we all) have the Divine right and Divine authority to answer all these questions in the affirmative. I will endeavor to exercise that Divine authority. Please join me!”
I am going to resist getting involved in negative conversations about the virus. Please work with me on this. Let us do everything we can to turn this around. This is the way we can help. Do what Jesus would do.
Follow the rules, stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.
My love to all, Michele