|Bethlehem, 163:the assembly of all who live through the life of Christ, and whose life is one with His. This willBethlehem, 163:then revealed who can follow along with Christ, to the vision which was accorded Him as He cameBethlehem, 163:those whose inner perfection is approximate to Christ's and whose lives are controlled by the sameBethlehem, 164:unfoldment of a deepened awareness we return, as Christ did, to the plains of everyday life, andBethlehem, 164:had gone forth, and the command to hear the Christ had been given. Jesus having returned  "toBethlehem, 165:reaction, inevitable and terrible, expressed by Christ in the following words: "The Son of ManBethlehem, 165:"were exceedingly sorry." This vision of Christ's, if we trace it in the records, fell into twoBethlehem, 165:values is ever the lot of those who are. This, Christ faced, and yet "He steadfastly set His faceBethlehem, 165:these happenings, the particular test which Christ now encountered becomes clear in our minds. ItBethlehem, 166:are far more difficult factors to face. These Christ did face, and He faced them with spiritualBethlehem, 166:The power to stand utterly alone! This, Christ had to show the world, and this He did. He stoodBethlehem, 166:and Value and Reality. It was all of this which Christ accomplished. Immediately, on the descentBethlehem, 166:on the descent from the mountain-top, Christ  began again to serve. He was met, as well weBethlehem, 167:capacity and ability of the initiate to serve. Christ demonstrated an entirely new and unique wayBethlehem, 167:of Truth, by Hermann Keyserling, p. 213. Christ gave us a great idea. He gave us the new conceptBethlehem, 168:of Civilization, by Albert Schweitzer, p. 82.) Christ embodied a great idea, the idea that God isBethlehem, 168:This constitutes the illumination which Christ as the Light of the World refracted upon all worldBethlehem, 168:no matter what the outer appearance may be. Christ illumines life. This was one of His mostBethlehem, 168:struggled over the more technical aspects of Christ's life. What He illumined in His function asBethlehem, 168:the Virgin Mary was an immaculate virgin, and Christ was therefore born through the medium of anBethlehem, 168:He carried should "lighten our darkness." Christ sounded with clarity the note which can usher inBethlehem, 169:they are based, in essence, upon some definitely Christ-like concept. That their method ofBethlehem, 169:and the techniques employed are frequently un-Christ-like is sadly true, but the foundationalBethlehem, 169:will bear with equanimity the light which Christ can throw upon them. The principal difficulty hasBethlehem, 169:of the race, and applied in the spirit in which Christ conceived of them, then we shall indeedBethlehem, 169:is of supreme value for us to realize that what Christ really did was to usher in the era ofBethlehem, 169:must end if we are ever to understand the Christ spirit. A great Japanese asks the poignantBethlehem, 169:It must be, as it was in the case of Jesus Christ, a spontaneous outcome of  divinity. One ofBethlehem, 170:are just beginning to get a faint vision of what Christ meant by service. He "carried thisBethlehem, 170:average man. But to the man who seeks to follow Christ, and who aims eventually at climbing theBethlehem, 170:service to our fellow men - into the Way that Christ trod. Following in His steps, we achieveBethlehem, 170:eventually the power to live as illumined and Christ-like men and women in our normal everydayBethlehem, 170:us can make to the world as we study the life of Christ and travel with Him in our minds from oneBethlehem, 170:daily living some of the quality of God which Christ so perfectly portrayed and which carried HimBethlehem, 171:imagine St. Peter or St. John saying them to Christ when they opened their eyes and "saw JesusBethlehem, 171:Perhaps they may apply to us also as we consider Christ and our relation to Him: "If thinking TheeBethlehem, 175:know practically nothing, beyond the fact that Christ rose from the dead. The ResurrectionBethlehem, 175:many times, and the interpretation of what Christ did has been travestied in terms of men's smallBethlehem, 175:knower. A new world order came into being when Christ came to earth, and from that time on we haveBethlehem, 175:men inevitably will live as brothers because Christ died, and the true nature of the kingdom of GodBethlehem, 176:is already faintly understood by those who, as Christ has said, have the eyes to see and the earsBethlehem, 176:we are moving forward towards greatness, and Christ emphasized this in His life and work. We haveBethlehem, 176:recognize is the fact, the definite fact, that Christ's Crucifixion must be lifted out of the realmBethlehem, 176:of realizing that the death of the historical Christ upon the Cross was not primarily concernedBethlehem, 176:as a personal affair, the many implications of Christ's sacrifice. The selfishness of the spiritualBethlehem, 176:one approaches the subject intelligently, that Christ did not die in order that you and I might goBethlehem, 177:to the truth or with his personal salvation in Christ. But in so doing, it is possible that theBethlehem, 177:the lives of other Sons of God; secondly, that Christ was unique in His particular Person andBethlehem, 177:investigated with an open mind will deny that Christ was an integral part of a great continuity ofBethlehem, 179:which is of importance for us is what part Christ really played as the World Savior, and whatBethlehem, 179:return to the Source whence He came? The fact of Christ constitutes no problem to those who knowBethlehem, 179:interpretations of His life story, but Christ they know, and with Him they tread life's pathway.Bethlehem, 179:struggle to perpetuate the memory of the dead Christ upon the Cross, or they may endeavor to liveBethlehem, 179:may endeavor to live by the life of the risen Christ, but to the reality of Christ Himself they allBethlehem, 179:life of the risen Christ, but to the reality of Christ Himself they all bear testimony, and by theBethlehem, 180:and are being reinterpreted today in terms of Christ. Therefore, mankind being more evolved andBethlehem, 180:humanity's need. But it is no new thing, and Christ never proclaimed Himself in such terms. HeBethlehem, 180:and vital Christian truths. That for which Christ stood, the truth which He embodies, is so oldBethlehem, 181:pp. 217, 218. The Crucifixion and the Cross of Christ are as old as humanity itself. Both areBethlehem, 181:as well as God transcendent. We have seen that Christ must be recognized, first of all, in theBethlehem, 181:first of all, in the cosmic sense. The cosmic Christ has existed from all eternity. This cosmicBethlehem, 181:has existed from all eternity. This cosmic Christ is divinity, or spirit, crucified in space. HeBethlehem, 181:North, south, east and west stands the cosmic Christ upon what is called "the fixed cross of theBethlehem, 182:Person of the divine Trinity is crucified. Christ personified in His mission these four aspects,Bethlehem, 182:mission these four aspects, and as the cosmic Christ He exemplified in His Person the qualities forBethlehem, 182:sign of the man carrying the water-pot, to which Christ referred when He sent His disciples intoBethlehem, 183:and men can function as individuals. Christ, in His teaching, emphasized the significance of theBethlehem, 183:is the serpent of illusion from which the Christ nature finally frees us, and it is to the illusoryBethlehem, 183:cross all the world Saviors, not excepting the Christ of the West, have been eternally crucified,Bethlehem, 183:fixed astronomically nearly four centuries after Christ was born. The combination of Virgo with theBethlehem, 184:understanding of what, in His cosmic nature, Christ came to Earth to do. That event was of farBethlehem, 184:several million people in their heavenly future Christ's incarnation, apart from its historicalBethlehem, 184:had triumphed over matter. After the advent of Christ, the door stood wide open for all time, andBethlehem, 184:arms of the zodiacal cross upon which the cosmic Christ can be seen crucified. Down the ages humanBethlehem, 184:the ages human beings have symbolized the comic Christ immolated upon the cross of matter, and thusBethlehem, 185:of Man, by Arthur Stanley, p. 498. The wonder of Christ's mission lay in the fact that, though HeBethlehem, 185:since the creation of the solar system, and as Christ said, "I, if I be lifted up from the earth,Bethlehem, 186:purpose is completed, and to this the death of Christ bears testimony. But the important point isBethlehem, 186:theological misinterpretation: "I long to know Christ and the power which is in His resurrection,Bethlehem, 186:to salvation that one should simply believe that Christ died for one's sins.  Bethlehem, 187:what it would appear really transpired when Christ died upon the Cross. He rendered up the formBethlehem, 187:for theology to emphasize the death of Christ, and to omit to lay the major emphasis upon theBethlehem, 187:end because the world today demands a living Christ rather than a dead Savior. It demands an idealBethlehem, 188:the Church lays its emphasis upon the living Christ, and when it recognizes that its forms andBethlehem, 188:regarded as cross upon which we have crucified Christ; it has served its purpose as the custodianBethlehem, 188:Its form must be sacrificed upon the Cross of Christ in order that it may be resurrected into trueBethlehem, 188:the meeting of the people's need. Let a living Christ be its theme, and not a dying Savior. ChristBethlehem, 188:Christ be its theme, and not a dying Savior. Christ has died. About that let there be no mistake.Bethlehem, 188:died. About that let there be no mistake. The Christ of history passed through the gates of deathBethlehem, 189:the gates of death for us. The cosmic  Christ its still dying upon the Cross of Matter. ThereBethlehem, 189:Secret Doctrin, Vol. I, p. 229.) The planetary Christ, the life of the four kingdoms of nature, hasBethlehem, 189:upon us. Mankind can descend from the cross as Christ did, and enter into the kingdom of God, aBethlehem, 189:then heirs too - heirs of God and coheirs with Christ; if indeed we share Christ's sufferings, inBethlehem, 189:God and coheirs with Christ; if indeed we share Christ's sufferings, in order to share also HisBethlehem, 190:Church has always emphasized the  risen Christ. The West has emphasized the crucified Savior.Bethlehem, 190:has placed little emphasis, stressing the living Christ and the divine nature of man. Assuredly,Bethlehem, 190:as St. Paul says, in order that we may live. Christ died to all that had its existence in form,Bethlehem, 190:gnosis has always been in the world. Long before Christ came the divinity of man was affirmed andBethlehem, 190:Gnostics was practically that the good news of Christ (the Christos)  was the consummation ofBethlehem, 191:being the revelation of the Mystery of Man. In Christ the Mystery of Man was unveiled."