Christian Science Bible Lessons
DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT.
- Section 3 -
Jesus could have withdrawn himself from his enemies. He had
power to lay down a human sense of life for his spiritual identity
in the likeness of the divine; but he allowed men to attempt the
destruction of the mortal body in order that he might furnish the
proof of immortal life. Nothing could kill this Life of man.
Jesus could give his temporal life into his enemies' hands; but
when his earth-mission was accomplished, his spiritual life,
indestructible and eternal, was found forever the same. He knew
that matter had no life and that real Life is God; therefore he
could no more be separated from his spiritual Life than God could
(Example for our salvation)
His consummate example was for the salvation of us all, but only
through doing the works which he did and taught others to do.
40:17 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
Was it just for Jesus to suffer? No; but it was inevitable, for
not otherwise could he show us the way and the power of Truth. If
a career so great and good as that of Jesus could not avert a
felon's fate, lesser apostles of Truth may endure human brutality
without murmuring, rejoicing to enter into fellowship with him
through the triumphal arch of Truth and Love.
38:23-26 Chapter 2: Atonement and Eucharist
The eternal Christ, his spiritual selfhood, never suffered.
Jesus mapped out the path for others. He unveiled the Christ, the
spiritual idea of divine Love.