Series 1 - Lesson 4 - Annotation 10
What was Jesus' mission on earth?
10. Jesus overcame "the world," man's system of beliefs in sin, sickness, poverty, and death. He overcame "the flesh," that which believes in the physical, mental, and moral weakness and frailty of man due to the biological body with its appetites and passions. He overcame "the devil," the thoughts of fear, separation, selfishness, and unlikeness to God which the human family has accepted for ages. He erased the man-made mental laws that humanity has set up, substituting for them the grace of God, God's wondrous love for man. Everything that He claimed for Himself, He said, belonged equally to every man. He taught by His word, His works, His life, that man is free, not subject to man-made laws. Jesus is the great Way Shower.
God as substance has always been present in man's soul and body, but the power of God's presence cannot be released until man becomes consciously one and the same as God in nature and in disposition. The law of life is the law of love. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and may have it abundantly." -- John 10:10. According to the Emphatic Diaglott the correct rendering is, "I came, that they may have life, and may have abundance."
Jesus showed mankind by His example how man may come into a conscious understanding of his birthright as a son of God. God is the Father-Mind; the kingdom of God is within man. Through often turning his consciousness to God consciousness, man can become established in ever-present good. Jesus showed the use of the power of God by the transfiguration of His body in the presence of some of His disciples. He also proved this power by resurrecting His body from the grave. He redeemed mankind through leading it out of darkness into the light of understanding. All men may become consciously one with God through entering into God consciousness, which in this lesson is called the "church of Christ" or the "Lord's body."