NEW YEAR 2023, Part 2

Jesus no longer walks among men in the flesh. …But the fleshly manifestation faded only that the greater glory might be revealed. … The Christ-power is drawing all men unto itself, the true Comforter has come. … From the great centre of life and power, wisdom and love have gone forth to all. Thus the many declare what once the isolated soul beheld.

The particular revelation may be historical and distant, the universal can only be present and living. He who can look back and behold the Christ, then turn to humanity and discover the Christ in process truly knows that the great truth is universal.

It is the universe in all its fulness that is the kingdom of God. The revelation of Jesus concerning the kingdom which is ‘within’ is doubtless the first fact. The soul must be set right before it can discern the true world. … Hence the vital truth without which the inner Christ of old means little, namely, the truth that God lives, that His total kingdom abides, is as fully here as it was nineteen centuries ago.

The Christ bespeaks the ideal attitude, the true approach to the Father, in all times and places. To those who thus approach, the Father speaketh freely; and what shall be uttered none knoweth till the inspired voice shall utter it.

To believe in ourselves seems to be disloyal to Jesus. Yet only by such belief may we apprehend the great principle for which His life stood. … No discovery can equal in scope and power the one which stirs the soul when, having searched near and far, one turns from letter to spirit, from the visible and external to the invisible and interior, and exclaims in reverent surprise, Behold, God is here!

Oh, Spirit of spirits,
Soul of souls,
Life of lives,
the Beauty of all that makes beautiful,
the Love of all who love,
the Wisdom of all who are wise,
I feel Thy glorious presence,
I know that Thou art nigh.
I have long sought Thee,
and now Thou hast revealed Thyself.
Oh, fill my soul with Thy presence
that I may help men everywhere to know Thee,
to know that there is nought without Thee!
Oh, the blessedness of life with Thee!
Hear ye that voice!
Be still in the heaven of silences
and listen for its rhythmic pulse-beat.
Trust all to God,
leave the future to Him.
Be a soul.
Be true to the best you know,
and cling to what love and peace you have.
Carry that love to your fellows.
Be at peace with the world.

– excerpts, “Glad Tidings,” The Greatest Truth,
by Horatio W. Dresser, 1907

He (Jesus) stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’ Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’(Luke 4:17-20).

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