Accession: A10385B
Editorial Title: The Personal and Impersonal Savior
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Scribe: Calvin A. Frye 
Date: December 23, 1888
Manuscript Description: Handwritten in pen by Calvin Frye with edits and corrections in pencil by Mary Baker Eddy. One section of the document is entirely in Eddy's handwriting.
Editorial Note: This sermon, given by Mary Baker Eddy at Chickering Hall, was later published as a pamphlet and in Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896, under the title "Christmas Sermon." Reports with excerpts were published in both the February and April 1889 issues of The Christian Science Journal. The author of the April article notes: "The Saviour set forth in this sermon is one that many are ready to receive, and it would be difficult to find in so small a compass so much Christian Science thought that is so near the plane of the best liberal thought of the Christian world outside of Science. At the same time, the higher the understanding of Science, the more will the thought of this sermon be seen to come from the highest and serenest elevations yet opened to the human mind."
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The only record of Jesus as a public benefactor or personal Saviour commenced at 30 years of age owing in part perhaps to the Jewish law that no one should preach or teach in public under that age .

Also it is natural to conclude that at this juncture he was imbued especially with the Holy Spirit for he was given the new name Messiah or Christ Jesus the God anointed as Jacob was called Israel and Saul, Paul at times of especial enlightenment.Editorial Note: This is an example of what is called "adoptionist theology" by scholars of early Christianity. There were groups of early Christians who believed that Jesus did not become the Son of God, Messiah, etc. until sometime after his birth. This "adoption" of Jesus by God was held by some to have taken place at his baptism by John the Baptist. Others believed it took place at the time of his resurrection or ascension.

The 3rd event of this eventful period a period of such magnitude to mankind was the [?] Unclear or illegible advent of Christian Science. [*]Archival Note: At this point Mary Baker Eddy inserted a metamark that looks like the letter X. The cross was the central emblem of Christ Jesus' history and the central point of his messianic mission was teaching and healing.

From this dazzling God-crowned summit of human experience the Nazarene stepped to confront peoples pulpits, faculties, the world alone to stem these awful tides and to walk serenely over their fretted lashing billows. Clad with human meekness and divine might he was ready to be offered .

Human pride or self-will by demoralizing his motive would have dethroned his power to be carried out his purpose must be pure and oblivious of self.

Of the lineage of David like him he went forth simple as the shepherd boy to disarm the GoliathEditorial Note: The story of David slaying Goliath is found in I Samuel:17. and panoplied with the strength of an exalted a divine hope, faith and understanding, Truth's trinity, he conquered the three in one of error -- the world, the flesh and the devil.Editorial Note: "The world, the flesh, and the devil," is a phrase that has been used by a number of Christian writers over the centuries to describe the primary enemies of the soul.

Three years he went about doing good he had been 30 years preparing to heal and teach [*]Editorial Note: Two vertical lines are drawn through the following text.and never thought of establishing Institutions before that length of time [*]Editorial Note: The two vertical lines end here. but his 3 years glory mission was a marvel of glory and its chaplet a dishonored grave He who dated time and spanned eternity healed and taught by the wayside in humble homes to itching ears and to dull disciples the science of God and man the divine Principle or Being and its divine idea His words were articulated in a decaying languageEditorial Note: Scholars believe that the historical Jesus spoke Aramaic, the language that was commonly spoken in rural Galilee, where Jesus grew up. and committed to the providence of God In no one thing seemed he less human and more divine than in his unfaltering faith in the immortality of of what he taught.

referringAs Written:Refering to it he said "heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away". And they have not they still live and are today the basis of liberty the cement of society the salvation of the race. We have not space to detail a little of what he said and did, the four Gospels do this Only three years a personal Savior what did he not accomplish for mortals a sublime success an everlasting victory, over sin suffering death

Next is the history of Jesus referredAs Written:refered to in the prophecyAs Written:propecy of Isaiah of the hourly records of him as the impersonal Savior the healing and saving spiritual idea unseen to mortal eye The child of God who receivesAs Written:recives at this epochAs Written:ephoc of history another name Christian Science. The connection of thischild with the child Jesus is the unity of goodnessand Good It was that which is butAs Written:bu seen only through the ripeness of time and the advent at his second appearing and then so Slightly over Handshift:Mary Baker Eddydiscerned it is again. A likened to the babe born in meekness, but this time it is a spiritual idea one eliminated by personal ascensionAs Written:aschencon and without the environments of flesh or personal pain a body that can be destroyed and the idea veiled The personalAs Written:persal Jesus had rent the veil of flesh that the impersonal might appear never to disappear Handshift:Calvin A. Frye even the Truth that is discovered, uttered and lived by the martyr who has passed no on and left to mortals the legacy of what he said and did. But The heirs to his riches could neither appreciate nor appropriate this wealth until ages had taught them its value and another personality was raised to the discovery of all his secret stores and brings them again forth to present to mortals and in reproducing them has found their order mode virgin origin, science, divine Principle rule and demonstration .

The monument whose white finger points upward commemorates the idea left us of the philanthropist hero or martyr thus and thus it is that the ideal Jesus , the impersonal child of Truth and Love is now with us! And What of this child. "For unto us a child is born. A son is given and the government shall be upon his shoulders"Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. .

This year has a readier ear for this inquiry and infinite Topic than when its birth was heralded 21 years ago and the child was nameless and the Mother hid it and ventured not to give its name Christian Science.Editorial Note: Eddy identified the year 1866 as the year of her discovery of Christian Science and at first called it Moral Science. But like the leaven that a certain woman hid in three measures of mealMatt 13:3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; Luke 13:20 And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? Luke 13:21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. this purely spiritual idea of God has been all this time leavening the lump of materialism -- until its action has come to be seen if not acknowledged and is widely diffused blessing unsparingly the whole human family.

1st This child, Christian Science comes to establish the truth that God is One and All, and all is like unto this One.

2ndAs Written:2d The brotherhood of man.

3rdAs Written:3d One Father one Mind, one substance, one Truth, one Life one Love, one one mode one science; God's infinite individuality man's eternal individuality, The Good, universal

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