Christian Science Bible Lessons
- Section 6 -
Christians, are you drinking his cup? Have you shared the blood
of the New Covenant, the persecutions which attend a new and
higher understanding of God? If not, can you then say that you
have commemorated Jesus in his cup? Are all who eat bread and
drink wine in memory of Jesus willing truly to drink his cup, take
his cross, and leave all for the Christ-principle? Then why
ascribe this inspiration to a dead rite, instead of showing, by
casting out error and making the body "holy, acceptable unto God,"
that Truth has come to the understanding? If Christ, Truth, has
come to us in demonstration, no other commemoration is requisite,
for demonstration is Immanuel, or God with us; and if a friend
be with us, why need we memorials of that friend?
34:29-32 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
(The last breakfast)
What a contrast between our Lord's last supper and his last
spiritual breakfast with his disciples in the bright morning hours
at the joyful meeting on the shore of the Galilean Sea!
35:10-29 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
This spiritual meeting with our Lord in the dawn of a new light
is the morning meal which Christian Scientists commemorate. They
bow before Christ, Truth, to receive more of his reappearing and
silently to commune with the divine Principle, Love. They
celebrate their Lord's victory over death, his probation in the
flesh after death, its exemplification of human probation, and his
spiritual and final ascension above matter, or the flesh, when he
rose out of material sight.
Our baptism is a purification from all error. Our church is
built on the divine Principle, Love. We can unite with this
church only as we are newborn of Spirit, as we reach the Life
which is Truth and the Truth which is Life by bringing forth the
fruits of Love, - casting out error and healing the sick. Our
Eucharist is spiritual communion with the one God. Our bread,
"which cometh down from heaven," is Truth. Our cup is the cross.
Our wine the inspiration of Love, the draught our Master drank and
commended to his followers.