Christian Science Bible Lessons

December 11,1898

- Section 5 -


Matthew 26:17,19
17 #Now the first day of the feast
of unleavened bread the disciples came
to Jesus, saying unto him, Where wilt
thou that we prepare for thee to eat
the passover?
19 And the disciples did as Jesus
had appointed them; and they made
ready the passover.

Mark 14:22-25
22 #And as they did eat, Jesus took
bread, and blessed, and brake it, and
gave to them, and said, Take, eat:
this is my body.
23 And he took the cup, and when he
had given thanks, he gave it to them:
and they all drank of it.
24 And he said unto them, This is
my blood of the new testament, which
is shed for many.
25 Verily I say unto you, I will
drink no more of the fruit of the
vine, until that day that I drink it
new in the kingdom of God.

32:3,20-2 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist


Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
The love of the good and beautiful, and their immortality. 

Christ Healing (1)

In tender mercy, Spirit sped 
A loyal ray 
To rouse the living, wake the dead, 
And point the Way - 

Our Father-Mother God, all-harmonious. 

Cardinal point 3 - Column 1 - Extended

(Sacred sacrament)
In ancient Rome a soldier was required to swear allegiance to
his general. The Latin word for this oath was sacramentum, and
our English word sacrament is derived from it. Among the Jews it
was an ancient custom for the master of a feast to pass each guest
a cup of wine. But the Eucharist does not commemorate a Roman
soldier's oath, nor was the wine, used on convivial occasions and
in Jewish rites, the cup of our Lord. The cup shows forth his
bitter experience, - the cup which he prayed might pass from him,
though he bowed in holy submission to the divine decree.
(Spiritual refreshment)
The true sense is spiritually lost, if the sacrament is confined
to the use of bread and wine. The disciples had eaten, yet Jesus
prayed and gave them bread. This would have been foolish in a
literal sense; but in its spiritual signification, it was natural
and beautiful. Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses
to refresh his heart with brighter, with spiritual views.
(Jesus' sad repast)
The Passover, which Jesus ate with his disciples in the month
Nisan on the night before his crucifixion, was a mournful
occasion, a sad supper taken at the close of day, in the twilight
of a glorious career with shadows fast falling around; and this
supper closed forever Jesus' ritualism or concessions to matter.

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