Day 39 Friday Crucifixion/Resurrection

39th Day     Friday

(Note from Rev. Toni:   Remember that Charles Fillmore was writing this in the early 1900’s;  take a deep breath as you read this entry.  Open up to the metaphysical meaning of these ideas.  Also note that the 2017 edition uses the concept of resurrection.)

Crucifixion

From Keep A True Lent by Charles Fillmore

Read John 19:1-42.

Jesus’ crucifixion on Calvary was a final step in a work that had been going on in Him for thirty-three years, and when He arose He was entirely free from the carnal mind with all its limitations. He had overcome all the carnal tendencies which He had taken on that He might free the race from its bondage.  The word crucifixion means the crossing out in consciousness of certain errors that have become fixed states of mind; it is the enactment by a master of the final extinction of carnal mind, the giving up of the whole personality in order that the Christ Mind may be expressed in all its fullness. This is represented by the crucifixion of Jesus.  Calvary means “the place of a skull.” The carnal mind has appropriated the brain and its skull and it is here that the final battle is fought. Every time we give up error there is a crucifixion.  The three days Jesus was in the tomb represent the three steps in overcoming error. First, nonresistance; second, the taking on of divine activity, or receiving the will of God; third, the assimilation and fulfillment of the divine will.  I deny the self that I may unite with the selfless. I give up the mortal that I may attain the immortal. I dissolve the thought of the physical body that I may realize the spiritual body. This is a mental process with a physical effect.  I affirm: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.”

 

From Be Ye Transformed    Lent 2017

Resurrection

By Rev. Toni Stephens Coleman
My resurrection experiences lead me to manifest more of the Christ within.

Resurrection begins with a crucifixion experience when we feel like we have been “nailed to a cross.” While working through the experience, we discover we can rise. Charles Fillmore said, “Every time we rise to the realization of eternal, indwelling life … the resurrection of Jesus takes place within us.”  Here is how Jesus taught us to move from crucifixion to resurrection.

  • Forgiveness: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
  • Affirm the highest truth: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
  • Completion: “Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother.”
  • Acknowledge feelings: “My God, why have you forsaken me?”
  • Become a vessel for the Divine: “I thirst”—be filled with “living water.”
  • Release and surrender: “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit. It is finished.”

Jesus spent three days in the tomb, symbolizing three steps to overcoming error thinking and manifesting Truth: first, nonresistance; second, receiving the will of God; and third, assimilating and fulfilling divine will. In this way, we, too, become christed.

 

 

To download the booklet, Be Ye Transformed Lent 2017, published by Unity World Headquarters, click here.

To download the book, Keep A True Lent, by Charles Fillmore, click here.

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