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"Next year in Jerusalem"

From the December 1997 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Jerusalem is indescribably lovely. To one standing on the Mount of Olives looking across the Kidron Valley at the Old City, the white limestone buildings and the impressive Muslim shrine, the golden Dome of the Rock, give the city a special glow. It looks like a beautiful jewel.

As I drank in its beauty, some of the many Biblical phrases about the city came flooding into my thought. From Isaiah: "Be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy." Isa. 65:18. And from the Psalmist: "The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel. He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Ps. 147:2, 3.

That verse can be seen as having special meaning from the standpoint of Christian Science, for the New Jerusalem, which is written of in the book of Revelation See Rev. 3:12; 21:2 . and in Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy, is understood in this Science to be a wholly spiritual idea. No one is left out of this holy city. No one is an outcast, kept away from his heart's desire for healing and home. The Glossary of Science and Health spiritually defines New Jerusalem this way: "Divine Science; the spiritual facts and harmony of the universe; the kingdom of heaven, or reign of harmony." Science and Health, p. 592.

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