156:2.5 Jesus made
it clear to the twenty-four that he had not fled from
because he lacked courage to confront his enemies. They comprehended that he was not yet ready for an open clash with established religion, and that he did not seek to become a martyr. It was during one of these conferences
at the home of Justa that the Master first told his disciples that
and earth shall pass away, my words of truth shall not."
156:2.6 The theme of Jesus'
instructions during the sojourn at Sidon was spiritual
progression. He told them they could not stand still; they must go forward in righteousness or retrogress into evil and sin. He admonished them to
"forget those things which are in the past while you push forward to embrace the greater realities of the kingdom."
He besought them not to be content with their childhood in the gospel but to strive for the attainment of the full stature of divine sonship in the communion of the spirit and in the fellowship of
156:2.7 Said Jesus:
"My disciples must not only cease to do evil but learn to do well; you must not only be cleansed from all conscious sin,
but you must refuse to harbor even the feelings of guilt. If you confess your sins, they are forgiven; therefore must you maintain a
void of offense."
156:2.8 Jesus greatly enjoyed the
keen sense of humor which these gentiles exhibited. It was the sense of humor displayed by Norana, the Syrian woman, as well as her great and persistent faith, that so touched the Master's heart and appealed to
his mercy. Jesus greatly regretted that his people—the
so lacking in humor. He once said to Thomas: "My people take themselves too seriously; they are just about devoid of an
appreciation of humor. The burdensome religion of the
could never have had origin among a people with a sense of humor. They also lack consistency; they strain at gnats and swallow camels."
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