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RevBates.tv Global - Weekly Message To The Masses for April 1, 2007 

           This Sunday, April 1st, is "Palm Sunday" ... and churches will be celebrating it in various ways depending on the customs and traditions of their theology.  Although I do not celebrate "Palm Sunday" ... I do believe that it is a good time to look, once again, at the teachings of the Master Mind Jesus.  The passages below are taken from the Gospel of Mark which was written in Rome about 70 A.D.

          "While he was delivering God's word to them, some people arrived bringing a paralyzed man to him.  The four who carried him were unable to bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they began to open up the roof over the spot where Jesus was.  When they had made a hole, they let down the mat on which the paralytic was lying.  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, "My son, your sins are forgiven."  Now some of the scribes were sitting there asking themselves:  "Why does this man talk in that way?  He commits blasphemy!  Who can forgive sins except God alone?"  Jesus was immediately aware of their reasoning, though they kept it to themselves, and he said to them:  "Why do you harbor these thoughts?  Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven," or to say, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk again?  That you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins (he said to the paralyzed man),  "I command you:  Stand up!  Pick up your mat and go home."  The man stood and picked up his mat and went outside in the sight of everyone.  They were awestruck; all gave praise to God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!" - Mark 2:3-12 - The Holy Bible

        We realize from reading these passages there was already within the consciousness of  man that spiritual healing was a possibility.  Keep in mind, had the people not come to him for healing, Jesus would not have been able to demonstrate spiritual mind healing.  We find Jesus' first words were, "my son, your sins are forgiven" ... and in this statement he acknowledges that the healing must first take place in the consciousness of the man.  Thoughts of sin, of course, are all in our mind ... and they are subjective thoughts.  What is sin to one person, is not necessarily sin to another.  And as we know in the Science of Mind, sin is merely a mistake ... it is a belief that separates us from God, in our mind.

      The scribes, however, were not spiritually aware enough to understand that God works through the consciousness of man in order to heal ... in this case the consciousness of Jesus transcended the consciousness of the paralytic man ... knowing that he was "of God and in God," and the result was healing.  The scribes believed that only God could heal (forgive sins) ... and interestingly enough, this is the belief of most Christians today.  And at this point Jesus was not ready to be arrested or perhaps even worse ... so, he used the less loving and supportive words, "stand up, pick up your mat and go home."  And, according to these passages ... that is what the man did!

     Now this gives us even more insight into the work of Jesus.  Why did he acquiesce to the scribes?  Why did he not stick to his kinder, gentler, words of "my son, your sins are forgiven"? Mark did not know Jesus except through the teachings of Peter as he was Peter's interpreter and companion.  So, Mark does not give us any insight into this compromise.  Mark was highly influenced by Paul which is why Mark's writings differ greatly from other Gospel writers.  Obviously, Mark was not aware that he had written a compromise into the work of Jesus.  And from the other writings regarding the Master Mind Jesus, I find it very difficult to believe that he would have compromised.  His character was not one of timidity or of one who can be intimidated or manipulated, he was far too dynamic for that.  Mark attempts to convince us that Jesus was more than the Jewish Messiah ... more than a prophet ... his intention is to convince us that Jesus is our savior ... and in this, he makes another mistake.  Isaiah had already revealed that there is no savior but God.  And for the reader to be convinced by Mark, we would have to ignore Jesus' own words where he stated that he was a prophet.  And why should we? ... Mark was not present with Jesus at any time.  I believe that we should be less concerned with the mythical Jesus and focus instead on the mystical Jesus.  And if we do, then we will gain a greater awareness of how the individual relates to the Infinite, for it is in our seeking to do what Jesus did ... not looking to him to save us ... that puts us in tune with the Infinite.

    
As we know in the Science of Mind there is only One Power, that Power Is God ... our word does heal, but only when we have the consciousness of the realization of God working through our consciousness to heal.  And as we take the teachings of Dr. Holmes to heart, we realize that Love works through Law.   And it is this Love that gives us the first impulse to be loving and supportive in our healing work, whether it is for others or for our self.  It is important that we not lose sight of this as we speak our word for healing.  There is no necessity for compromise ... kindness, gentleness, compassion ... are supportive of the true nature of everyone ... and each person's mind will respond to words of Truth spoken with Love ... Love heals ... for Love is of God.


AND SO IT IS!

Keep the faith!
Rev. Hank Bates
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