Jesus often taught his disciples using parables. They were effective because analogies helped explain things that were difficult to put into words.
This week’s Bible Lesson for March 25th, Reality, delves into the topic of perfection and how it relates to Christian healing.
A helpful analogy for explaining perfection comes from the art of sculpture. If a sculptor wants to convey beauty through a sculpture, the sculptor must have a subject that also conveys beauty as the basis for his or her work.
The same goes in the practice of Christian healing. Christian Science explains that Jesus healed partly because he held a perfect and spiritual model of people in thought when he helped those in need. Jesus utilized a Spirit-based view of man in place of the sick and sinning concept that crossed his path. He understood that people were/are not mortally bound, nor materially made, but they do have a spiritual and holy origin which underlies all health and harmony.
One aspect of this, as Christian Science explains, is that Jesus must have started with God as the source of all perfection — God, Spirit, is the only source of everything good, harmonious, holy, and real. And then as Genesis 1:26 and 27 say:
“God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; . . . ”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
— The New King James Version of the Bible
This fact, that men and women are created spiritually in the image and likeness of God, Spirit, is the basis that enabled Christ Jesus to heal. Jesus also knew that this healing power wasn’t his own personal ability, but that it came from Spirit. Jesus then took it one step further and taught his disciples how to utilizes Spirit’s power through prayer and showed them how this prayer heals.
This is wonderful news — through prayer you and I can heal ourselves and others just as Jesus and the Apostles did! We, too, can heal when we base our understanding of perfection and reality on the same perfect and divine Principle: the fact that God is infinite and eternal good, and man reflects God’s goodness.
The Science of being reveals man as perfect, even as the Father is perfect, because the Soul, or Mind, of the spiritual man is God, the divine Principle of all being, and because this real man is governed by Soul instead of sense, by the law of Spirit, not by the so-called laws of matter.
—Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p.302.
The members of our church warmly invite you to find out more about how prayer heals, and how you can practice Christian healing anytime and in any place.
See you soon!