Posted on Feb 22, 2011

Mar 24, 1996
Mar 14, 2010

The title of my message, this morning, is "Life in Gift to be Received and Given Again." We are approaching the day of celebration of the supreme victory of resurrection experienced by the greatest One who ever lived, the Saviour of the world, Christ Jesus. He, our wayshower, received the gift of life from our Heavenly Father, as have you and I. Look what He did with His gift! At some point, the soul Jesus realized that His nature had to be of the Father, so He began emulating the Father, finding that the more like Him He became , loving, generous, giving, the more abundant did life give back to Him. There is a saying, "You can’t outgive God"–the more we give of ourselves, our time to Him, share our goods to bless others, the more of all good things does the Father pour into our lives.

How blessed are we to receive the touch of the Master’s Garment, the impress He made as He walked on earth, the radiation of love and caring. He now sends without ceasing, and will, until it is fulfilled, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." How glad must be our hearts, this Lenten Season, that the being Jesus knew that life from God is to be received in fullness, joy and glory, and given again in the same measure that God’s Goodness be established in all of Creation, that all of His children desire to use their free will to be one with Him, enter into the flow of abundant life. Those who have unfolded the Christ nature in themselves cannot be anything but happy givers — they are so joyous in discovering their own true victorious nature that they want everyone else to find it, too, share in the wondrous realization that the world can be made bright and right and beautiful when more and more souls know their Christ potential, and live in their God nature.

Masters and saints and heavenly beings hold back nothing in their giving — there are no "untouchables" in their ministrations. The Saviour assured us that every soul is precious to the Father, worthy of leading to the Light. Jesus concluded the parable of the ninety and nine sheep being left in the wilderness while the shepherd sought out the one lost, by saying, "I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repented more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."

The nature of divine and true love is to give freely; love is not love without sharing…think about that…Jesus, who is one with the Father is love, received life in Himself fully and gave it to us that we might once again be made whole, or holy.

The Apostle Paul was not a follower of Jesus when He walked the earth, and, as Saul, violently apposed His disciples in their work of spreading the gospel, or good news. Yet, it only took one encounter with the risen Jesus to completely change Paul’s nature, make of him the foremost interpreter of the Saviour’s word. Oh. Let us never be discouraged by sickness, short comings in ourselves, any lack in our world; remember what the Divine Touch did to Paul!

Paul preached to the Romans, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved
"For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers ,nor things present, nor things to come.
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Quite a revelation from a learned religionist! Paul was a student of the famed Pharisee philosopher, Gamaliel; although a self-righteous intellectual in his earlier days, Paul possessed one quality which enabled him to receive enlightenment when intercepted by the Master Paul loved the Word of God, and was sincere in his seeking and worship. There he was, on the road to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter to round-up the followers of Jesus, bind them, and bring them back to Jerusalem; "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus; and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

"And he fell to earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?
"And he said, "Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

How loving is the Saviour and the personal Christ of each of us! To a would-be slayer, "…it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks…" Why are you, doing this, hurting yourself and others? How potent is the power of perfect love that does not contend, but speaks the truth, unfailingly and unfalteringly, but with compassion!…All error bows before it…what a blessing for Paul that he was stopped in his tracks, that he would shortly come to realize that he could be a rightful conqueror of life through the Christ that loves that nothing can separate us from the love of God, who delivers us through the nature of the Christ Son revealed in ourselves!

Let us affirm these saving words when challenged in any way: "Nothing can separate me from the love and deliverance of God."

Jesus cam as the Saviour to show us what is required to bring forth the full nature of the Christ in ourselves. Every event, as well as His teachings, demonstrate the steps we must all take.

So what of Jesus’ trial and crucifixion? Must we endure this also? Yes, in a symbolic way, for it teaches us of the final victory of the resurrected Christ over the limitations we put on ourselves in believing the self of flesh and mortality are all that we are. For the final emergence of the fullness of the Christ in ourselves, we must crucify, or cross out, the hampering personality ego that the Christ individuality can reign supreme. And do all the things belonging to the selfishness and 5-sense oriented human nature ever fight this new being we are becoming! But only the mortal can be killed _all that is one with the father remains. Jesus’ seeming mortal body was, of course, perfect and one with His eternal Christ Self; He endured then temporary crucifixion of it to prove that when all mortal beliefs and desires are relinguished, our whole being is resurrected and we are really lords of heaven. His apparent physical body was, in reality, a body of Light.

Scripture records, of Jesus’ trial: "And the whole multitude of them (who sought to detroy him) arose, and led Him unto Pilate (the procurator of Judea).
"And they began to accuse Him, saying, we found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ a King.
"And Pilate, late asked Him, saying, Art thou King of the Jews? And He answered him and said, Thou sayest it.
"Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man."

Those people who do not wish to see the light of truth are persistent; likewise, in ourselves, our unwise habits an ego-pleasing beliefs do not give way easily.

When Pilate heard mention of Galilean; told that he was Pilate knew this matter was of Herod’s jurisdiction an sent Jesus to Herod, who happened to be in Jerusalem.
"And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad: for he was desirous to see Him of a long season (or time), because he had heard many things of Him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle done by Him.
"Then he questioned with Him in many worlds; but (Jesus) answered (Herod) nothing.
After Herod and his men of war mocked Jesus, they sent Him back to Pilate arrayed in a gorgeous robe. But a strange thing happened; Herod had sought to see a miracle and one occurred. Pilate and Herod had been enemies, but that day, they were made friends! Jesus said not a word to accomplish this; He just stood before each of them and radiated love! Pilate and Herod found nothing worthy of death in the actions of Jesus, but the resistant people cried, "Crucify Him!, crucify Him…"

The mortal mentality knows only limitation and destruction; then Immortal Christ Self, knows only resurrection, everlasting abundant life. Cross out the old, arise in the new. Think of the lesson in Jesus’ trial; He didn’t resist the evil and try to defend Himself with words, knowing that the unenlightened have no desire to hear the truth, but rather He let the Perfect Love in Himself do the work, Pilate and Herod responded to the point that they released the enmity between them… Jesus calmly and courageously demonstrated outwardly the necessary giving up of the lesser self that the higher can manifest its awesome power and authority. Oh! How gloriously did he prove, ":The truth shall make you free!" Free from fear, from bondage within and without; free from death.!

In this message, I have spoken of just three individuals who felt the tremendous love radiating from the Christed Saviour, Jesus. Paul went forth to become one of the greatest apostles __revered; and whose writings are cherished by millions today, centuries and centuries later. Pilate and Herod were furthered in their soul walk, for we cannot forgive and not be bettered. Jesus proved the effectiveness of divine love that is patient, kind, does not behave itself unseemly, thinks no evil seeks not for itself, rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth, believes and hopes all good things, never fails to heal and make whole.

Life is a gift to be received and given again __ lived to the fullest, lovely, loving, uplifting, glorifying God by showing the abundant good He gives to His children.

"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, and the works of my hands, be acceptable in Thy sight, O LORD, my strength and My Redeemer."

Jesus is the Living Word __ He preached His Sermon of Life every moment of every day by just being perfect as our Father in heaving is perfect.

Harry Emerson Fosdick said it well: "Vital religion is like good music. It needs no defense, only rendition. A wrangling controversy in support of religion is as if the members of an orchestra should beat folks over the head with their violins to prove that music is beautiful."

Life is beautiful and abundant as our Heavenly Father envisions it for us. He loved us enough to give us free will, the privilege of choosing from myriad ways to express our life energy. And when humanity strayed off the good path, He sent His Christed Son Jesus to lead us back. We cannot fail, in any way, when we resolve to give back to life the untold blessings we have already received.

Affirmative Meditation on Psalm 121

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help."

I envision the majesty of our earth’s mountains, their lovely trees, some snow-capped, and I give thanks to the creator who made them, His strength so out pictured drawing my attention above the imbalances of man’s world, lifting my spirit to the higher and finer and more expressions of life.

"My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth."

I seek to ever joyously obey the LORD, or Law and Order of God, for it is established through love and for my wellbeing.

"He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that heepeth thee will not slumber.
"Behold,He that heepeth (those who seek Him) shall neither slumber nor sleep."

My love of the Father, desire to know Him, and my faith in His Word keep me in sweet peace, my feet (or understanding) unmoved by any temptations or tribulations.

"The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD (will protect you with His right hand)"

I live harmoniously in the Order of God and the righteous power of that balance guides and protests me inj all ways. I rejoice and rest in this caring.

"The sun shall not smite theee by day, nor the moon by night."

The revealed Light of Truth shall not overwhelm me nor the reflected light of human reasoning or emotion unsettle me. I am kept pointed in divine perfection

"The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve they soul.
"The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
I am always free in that fair and lovely world of God as I go in and out of this earth experience, pass from one realm to another. For this I praise and give thanks every day.

And so it is.

Bring into our circle of love those whom you especially wish to bless this morning.