Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Question: Did Jesus need to work at being “pure in heart”? After all, he was the Son of God.
Answer: In the Bible, Jesus was referred to as the “Lamb of God.” Mary Baker Eddy defines “Lamb of God” as “the spiritual idea of Love; self-immolation; innocence and purity; sacrifice.”
Yet, Jesus asked to be baptised by John the Baptist, and then was led into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. Just because Jesus was the purest and best man on earth, did not mean he was free from having to deal with the sinful temptations that come to all people.
“The Revelator speaks of Jesus as the Lamb of God and of the dragon as warring against innocence. Since Jesus must have been tempted in all points, he, the immaculate, met and conquered sin in
every form.” (S&H 564)
Also, Jesus had to spend time communing with his heavenly Father, just like we do:
“Jesus prayed; he withdrew from the material senses to refresh his heart with brighter, with
spiritual views.” (S&H 32)
Jesus was our Master, and we can look to him to show us how to conduct our lives:
“Through the magnitude of his human life, he demonstrated the divine Life. Out of the amplitude of his pure affection, he defined Love.” (S&H 54)
We, too, can show others what Love is, by living a life of pure affection.
Further Study: Today, read in Matthew 4:1-11 how Jesus handled the devil’s temptations, and remained pure.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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